The final date to apply for Florida citrus tree and fruit crop insurance coverage for the 2023 crop year is April 15. Current policyholders who wish to make changes to their existing coverage also have until the April 15 to do so.
Federal crop insurance is critical to the farm safety net, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management Agency (USDA RMA). It helps producers and owners manage revenue risks and strengthens the rural economy. Coverage is available for avocado trees and mango trees in Miami-Dade County; carambola trees in Lee and Miami-Dade counties; lemon trees in Collier, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Indian River, Martin, Polk and St. Lucie counties; lime trees in Lee and Miami-Dade counties; and grapefruit trees, orange trees and all other citrus trees (Murcott, tangelo and tangerine) in select Florida counties.
Fruit coverage is available for grapefruit, mandarins, oranges, tangelos, tangerines and tangors in select Florida counties; lemons in Collier, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Indian River, Martin, Polk and St. Lucie counties; and limes in Lee and Miami-Dade counties.
Growers should contact their insurance agents to see if their counties are covered, and to learn specific details for the 2023 crop year.
Policies are sold and delivered solely through private crop insurance agents. A list of agents is available online using the RMA Agent Locator. Growers can use the RMA Cost Estimator to get a premium amount estimate of their insurance needs online. Learn more about crop insurance and the modern farm safety net here.
In 2018, University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences economist Ariel Singerman reported that most citrus crops and trees in Florida are covered by crop and tree insurance at some level. See that report here.
Source: USDA RMA
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