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Nursery Crop

Multiple peril crop insurance (MPCI) is available to wholesale nursery growers to assist in the management of nursery plant production risks against losses from specific perils.

The insurance coverage for wholesale nursery growers is a regulatory program available in nearly every county nationwide. The nursery program functions as an asset-based form of insurance coverage. In contrast to many crop insurance programs (e.g., wheat, corn, soybeans, cotton, etc), coverage is not based on a yield guarantee that is established using a historical average crop yield per acre. Likewise, the nursery program is not a form of revenue insurance coverage (e.g., Area Risk Protection Insurance and Revenue Protection). No minimum income guarantee is established.

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Benefits of Nursery Crop Insurance

Peak Inventory Endorsement

Rehabilitation Endorsement

Pilot Nursery Growers Price Endorsement

How Nursery Crop Insurance Works

Insurance coverage applies, by practice (field-grown or container), to all of your nursery plants in a county that:

  • For which you have a share
  • Are on the eligible plant list
  • Are grown in a nursery that receives at least 40 percent of its gross income from the wholesale marketing of nursery plants
  • Meet all the requirements for insurability
  • Are grown in an appropriate medium, and
  • Are grown and sold with the root system attached

Nursery plants may not be insured if they:

  • Are grown in containers containing two or more different genera, species, subspecies, varieties, or cultivars
  • Are grown as stock plants, or
  • Are grown solely for harvest of buds, flowers or greenery

lants producing edible fruits and nuts can be insureds if the plants are available for sale. Harvesting the edible fruit or nuts does not affect insurability.

Your nursery must be inspected and approved as acceptable before insurance coverage can attach.

Causes of Loss

You are protected against the following:

  • Adverse weather conditions, including wind, hurricane and freeze. If cold protection is required by the EPLPPS, adequate and operational cold protection measures must be in place
  • Failure of irrigation water supply, if due to an insurable cause of loss, such as drought
  • Fire, provided weeds and undergrowth are controlled and
  • Wildlife

Plant damage or losses in value as a result of the following situations are not covered:

  • Collapse or failure of buildings/structures, unless caused by an insurable cause of loss
  • Disease or insect infestation, unless effective control measures for the infestation do not exist
  • Failure of plants to grow to an expected size
  • Inadequate power supply, unless such inadequacy is a result of an insurable cause of loss and
  • Inability to market nursery products due to a stop sales order, quarantine, boycott, phytosanitary restriction on sales, or buyer refusal

Important Dates

Sales Closing/Cancellation ……..…..……. May 1
Contract Change Date ……………… January 31
Insurance Period Begins ………………… June 1

Nursery Commodity insurance loss example

$100,000 Plant Inventory Value
0.65 Coverage level percentage
$65,000 Unit amount of insurance

$100,000 Field market value before loss
$50,000 Field market value after loss
$50,000 Value of Loss
$35,000 Deductible
$15,000 Indemnity
The deductible shown above is (1 – coverage level) X inventory = (1 –0.65) X $100,000 = $35,000

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Pro Ag Management, Inc.* (collectively with its corporate affiliates, “ProAg®”) is a managing general agency representing several risk bearing insurance companies, including Producers Agriculture Insurance Company and U.S. Specialty Insurance Company and doing business as Pro Ag Insurance Services, Inc. in California, CA Entity License #0F34212. The insurance products described on this website may not be a complete list of all products offered and may not be offered in all states. The provided information does not amend, or otherwise affect, the terms and conditions of any insurance policy issued by ProAg or any of its subsidiaries; always refer to the policy provisions.  Actual coverages will vary based on the terms and conditions of the policy issued.