Maine Risk Management and Crop Insurance Education Program

The Maine Risk Management and Crop Insurance Education Program exists in partnership between UMaine Cooperative Extension and the United States Department of Agriculture Risk Management Agency (USDA RMA). The goal of this program is to inform Maine farmers of crop insurance programs as a means to reduce risk and increase financial stability.

For further information, visit the links below or contact Program Co-Director David Handley at 207.933.2100, email

Maine Crop Insurance Informational Videos

Crop Insurance and Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP)

Federal crop insurance has become the preeminent risk management tool for our nation’s agricultural producers, and has adapted to meet the diverse needs now more than ever.

The USDA-RMA offers a federally subsidized crop insurance program through private insurance companies. Crop insurance provides coverage against production losses due to drought, hail, frost, hurricanes, excessive moisture, fire, insects, plant disease and wildlife damage. It provides protection for up to 75% (85% for some crops) of your actual yield history, plus improvements such as extra benefits for new and beginning farmers, organic producers, and Whole Farm Revenue Protection. For most crops that are not eligible for crop insurance, the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) offers a risk management option through the NAP program (PDF). NAP protects up to 65% of the farmers’ actual yield history. The combination of crop insurance and NAP can provide protection for almost any crop grown in Maine. The amount of coverage will be determined from actual yields and the protection level selected. Indemnity payments are made when actual production falls below the covered or guaranteed protection level.

Producers are encouraged to visit the RMA website at, and to contact their local crop insurance agent or Maine State Farm Service Agency office.

The information contained on this website is specific for Maine producers. Other New England and Mid-Atlantic farmers should contact RMA’s Raleigh Office for more information at 919.875.4880, email

In cooperation with the Risk Management Agency of the United States Department of Agriculture.