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Crop Insurance Listening Session: Feasibility of Revenue Coverage for Apples

Event Details


April 28, 2020






Lake Ontario Fruit Program

You are invited to participate in a Virtual Listening Session with Agralytica who is working under contract for USDA's Risk Management Agency (RMA).

Why? We want your feedback about potential revenue coverage options for apples.

When? There are several sessions throughout late April and mid-May. The sessions are by area of the U.S. and by stakeholder group (grower, insurance provider, etc.). We request that you attend the session for your appropriate group; however, we realize the schedule may not be conducive to your availability, so please feel free to join us at another session. Our contact information is also provided in the instructions if you are unable to make the scheduled sessions but still want to provide feedback.

Who? The sessions are for apple growers and their representatives in the federal crop insurance industry. Additionally, if someone you know is interested but unlikely to receive email notification, please share this invitation if they are a representative of the stakeholder group.

What is a virtual listening session? It is a method to connect and talk with you via phone or internet connection. This means that you can participate by calling into the number provided to listen or speak OR you may call in and participate online which allows you to view the presentation as well. The information to participate is provided in the instructions that follow.

Does this impact my crop insurance apple policy? NO, this is NOT a session on your existing apple policy. This session is to discuss the feasibility of adding revenue coverage to the risk management portfolio of options for apple growers.

For New York State stakeholders the sessions will be:

  1. April 28th at 9am for NYS Apple Growers
  2. May 4th 9am for East Coast Insurance Agents
  3. May 5th 3pm for East Coast Insurance Providers and Adjusters

They are requesting that discussion and feedback for individual sessions come primarily from the target audience for that session.

Instructions to Participate in the Listening Session:

  • Participate by telephone: Dial 1-888-844-9904. When prompted, please enter the access code: 4965127; OR
  • Participate by telephone AND follow along online to see our presentation. Join on the internet by using the instructions that follow for adobe connect and listen in by dialing1- 888-844-9904 and enter the access code 4965127 when prompted.

Instructions to also participate online:

Webinar link:

Instructions: Use the webinar URL provided to "Enter as a Guest." In the Name field, enter your first and last names. If you are representing an organization, please list it after your name. (Example: John Smith, Risk Management Agency).

Contact information: Please contact Andre Williamson, President of Agralytica, with any questions regarding the content of this invitation or to provide additional feedback regarding the feasibility of revenue coverage for apples. Mobile Number: 240-432-0308 OR email: If you email, please include "Apple revenue insurance" as your subject line.

We will accept comments by phone or email until May 15. RMA will use the information collected by Agralytica to determine whether the proposed option(s) are feasible. Your feedback is essential and while it would be ideal to have these meetings in person, that is not possible under the current circumstances. Please join one of these sessions so that your feedback can be heard.

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Upcoming Events

Annual LOF Advisory Committee Meeting

November 9, 2020

Please join us (virtually) for our annual winter advisory meeting
where you can spend time with the team reviewing the team's
educational programs and most importantly providing us
feedback. Click "view details" for more details and pre-registration link.

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CCE's NY Tree Fruit Conference sponsored by CCE Eastern NY Commercial Hort Program & CCE Lake Ontario Fruit Program

February 2 - February 4, 2021

For 2021, the CCE's NY Tree Fruit Conference sponsored by the CCE Eastern New York Commercial Horticulture Program and the CCE Lake Ontario Fruit Program will replace CCE-LOF's Winter Fruit Schools and CCE-ENYCHP's Fruit & Vegetable Conference, DEC Credits are being applied for at multiple sessions.

More details to follow in the coming weeks!

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CCE prioritizes the health, safety and well-being of the communities we serve. Given the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, and due to an abundance of caution certain events will be cancelled. Please check back through out the week for any additional event cancellations.


Nov 9 - Annual LOF Advisory Committee Meeting (via Zoom) 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM - PRE-REGISTER  Please join us (virtually) for our annual winter advisory meeting where you can spend time with the team reviewing the team's educational programs and most importantly providing us feedback. Advisory meetings are important for the team to ensure that our programs and research are aligned with the industry's needs. All are invited! Full agenda forthcoming in a few weeks.

Pre-Register Here:

Questions? Don't hesitate to contact Craig 585-735-5448 or


Feb 2-4  - CCE's NY Tree Fruit Conference sponsored by the CCE Eastern NY Commercial Horticulture Program and the CCE Lake Ontario Fruit Program - This 2021 virtural conference will replace CCE-LOF's Winter Fruit Schools and CCE-ENYCHP's Fruit & Vegetable Conference.
DEC Credits being applied for at multiple sessions
More to follow in the coming weeks!

Lake Ontario Fruit Program Webinar Recordings

Have you recently miss a webinar provided by the Lake Ontario Fruit Program that you wanted to see, or would you like to review the information again?  Then check it out at the Lake Ontario Fruit Program YouTube Channel.  LOF webinars are recorded, processed, and uploaded to the YouTube Channel within 1-2 days following the meeting.  LOF Webinar Recording & Resource Links

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To ensure the health and safety of everyone we are practicing social distancing.  Specialists are still available for consult via phone calls, emails, and Zoom meetings. Zoom  allows for a face to face meeting via a computer/smartphone and includes the option for screen sharing.  For anyone new to this technology Cornell has created a basic YouTube video on How to use Zoom.  

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Article: "Supplemental Coverage Option for Apples"

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For the full article click the link below.