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Revenue Insurance: Covering Yield and Price Risks. Basic Requirements from an Insurance perspective

Managing price risk with crop revenue insurance has attracted much attention in recent years, with only two successful schemes (USA and Canada) indicating the factors most critical for success: ample regional yield-price information, effective ways of price discovery and – most importantly – extensive public support, both for regulation and finances.

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2014 New Conference dates and place are set and announced
Ukraine - 2014 International Conference on “Agricultural Insurance, Reinsurance and Brokerage in CIS, Europe & Asia” - Dates and Place are set, registration is open
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The Evolution of Risk Management in Aquaculture: The Case of Insurance
Risk Management for Smallholders in Aquaculture: The Work of Aquaculture without Frontiers
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Risk in Aquaculture: The Rise & Demise of a South African Commercial Shrimp Farm
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Implications from Hail Damage on Young Corn
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Russia Livestock Overview: Cattle, Swine, Sheep & Goats
'Fat cats' benefit from EU farming subsidies
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Basic premium rates on multi-peril crop insurance (MPCI) program in Moldova
Canada - Bee Overwintering Insurance Program (Alberta)
Asparagus Revenue Market Loss Assistance Payment (ALAP) Program
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USA - Farm bill initiative provides more severe weather relief

A new farm bill initiative announced Oct. 21 by Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack will provide relief to farmers affected by severe weather, including drought. Starting next spring the Actual Production History Yield Exclusion will allow eligible producers affected by severe weather to receive a higher approved yield on insurance policies through the federal crop insurance program. Farmers will be allowed to exclude yields in exceptionally bad years from their production history when calculating yields to establish their crop insurance coverage.
Canada - AgriRecovery talks continue between Manitoba and Ottawa

An AgriRecovery program for flooded Manitoba farmers is still on the table, but they shouldn’t get their hopes too high. AgriRecovery is supposed to help farmers following disasters when existing programs such as AgriStability, AgriInvest and AgriInsurance fall short. Manitoba crop farmers have Excess Moisture Insurance (EMI) that kicks in when their land is too wet to seed. Nine hundred and eighty thousand acres were too wet to seed in 2014, triggering $63 million in EMI payouts on about 2,400 claims.
Armenia - Honey production slashes dramatically

This year honey production in Armenia has slashed from two thousand metric tons in 2013 to about one hundred tons. The research said the dramatic decline in production is due to the loss of honey bees. The first massive death of bees was described by American beekeepers in 2006. It was called "colony collapse disorder." Colony collapse disorder is caused by a combination of factors – parasites, agricultural chemicals and poor nutrition. These all weaken the honeybees' immune system and make them more susceptible to viruses and infections that can kill them.
Honduras drought puts thousands 'at risk' of hunger

More than half a million people in Honduras have been affected by a severe drought. The most vulnerable families were in danger of hunger because of the loss of crops, higher food prices and lower incomes for farmers. Some families were selling their belongings and livestock to survive, while others were leaving their homes to escape the drought. Honduras is already reeling after a deadly fungus devastated output of coffee, the main cash crop. The drought has also affected tens of thousands of farmers in neighbouring Guatemala and El Salvador.
USA - Texas cotton farmers say Farm Bill provision saves crop insurance

Texas cotton producers say they are pleased to learn the U.S. Department of Agriculture has reconsidered its decision about implementing a provision of the farm bill. The department’s announcement means its Risk Management Agency will calculate production yields for all commodities by county in time for the 2015 crop year. Unlike other commodity producers who have other layers of financial protection, cotton farmers were expected to be hardest hit by the delay.
Sri Lanka - Drought drives 42% decrease in crop production

According to government estimates, the rice harvest this year is likely to be at least 20 percent below the four million metric tons recorded last year and will also be the lowest in six years. Overall, crop production has fallen by 42 percent this year compared to 2013. Over 1.6 million people are affected by the drought and at least half of that population is in the Northern and Eastern Provinces of the country, two of the poorest regions nationally. Over 700,000 Sri Lankans, mostly from the North and East, were food insecure.
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2014 Livestock insurance and public-private partnership to be discussed in Istanbul

Agricultural insurance issues is going to be discussed at the International Conference "Agricultural Insurance, Reinsurance & Brokerage in CIS, Europe & Asia", October 6-8, 2014 in Istanbul, Turkey. Conference Agenda covers topics on high-value crop insurance, livestock insurance and national insurance programs development with PPP mechanisms applied. World’s top experts will discuss the importance of historical data use and its analysis for agricultural insurance programs development and actuarial calculation methodologies.

2014 Agricultural insurance issues to be discussed in October, Istanbul

New dates and place of the International Conference "Agricultural Insurance, Reinsurance & Brokerage in CIS, Europe & Asia" were set for October 6-8, 2014 in Istanbul, Turkey. Conference `Standard registration’ fee option has been launched on August 1, 2014. Conference Agenda will keep most of the topics planned earlier, as well, as it will be added with new speakers and topics. Quite a number of reinsurance and insurance industry representatives, brokers and insurance consultants from USA, Canada and Eurasia territories will participate in this event.

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Italy - Hail on melons and secondary deseases: risk event

"After yet another hailstorm in the Mantua area, and the serious downy mildew problems, we have lost over 200 hectares of melons, i.e. almost the entire July and August production," explains Ettore Cagna, chairman of Don Camillo. "Such a disaster means it will be very difficult for us to comply with the collection schedule arranged with our clients." "Of course we had planned our production at the beginning of the season according to different schedules and areas, but we lost practically everything this year!" "We are indeed preparing an emergency programme to try and reduce any inconvenience for our clients though," concludes Mr. Cagna. Source - FreshPLaza
Ukraine - Winter wheat crops destroyed by fire

On July 11, 2014, 30 hectares of winter wheat in the Dnipropetrovsk region have been reported to be destroyed by fire. According to Fire Emergency Center report, the fire has been caused by the source of open flame. Specifics on fire occurrence have not been indicated in their report. At the time of conducting the loss adjustment procedures, the actual scope of damage has been identified: entire winter wheat crops on inspected fields were destroyed. Combustion stem and charred remains of the ear were revealed on the burned field.
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