NC State Extension

Risk Management

For Strawberry Producers in North Carolina

North Carolina’s strawberry producers need solid information and effective tools to cope with the increased risks of farming in the 21st century. Risk has always been a part of agriculture. But policy and other changes in the last few years have shifted the burden of risk increasingly onto the farmer’s shoulders. Global competition, trade agreements such as NAFTA, a shrinking number of buyers, the loss of local processing facilities, low prices and reduced profits all contribute to increased financial vulnerability for producers. And on top of this, growers still face the inevitable risks of weather events such as hail, drought and hurricanes.

There are at least five kinds of risk involved in farming: production risks, marketing risks, financial risks, legal risks and human resource risks. All of these types of risk are interrelated. Understanding agricultural risks is a first step toward managing them.

Risk management is the process of gaining greater control over your risks, your financial returns and solvency. It’s about assessing the risks and potential returns for each business decision you make. Risk management requires evaluating the tradeoffs among your risks, expected returns and entrepreneurial freedom.

This Web site provides resources to help strawberry producers better understand how to manage risks on their farms.

Crop Insurance
Overview of Crop Insurance Options Available For Strawberry Producers in North Carolina

Disaster Assistance Programs
Disaster Assistance Programs: The Supplemental Revenue Assistance Program (SURE)

Agricultural Contracts
Using Agricultural Contracts As a Risk Management Tool

Other Risk Management Materials

Useful Links

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Photo of Barclay Poling, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionDr. Barclay PolingFormer Professor and Extension Specialist, Strawberries and Muscadines (919) 515-5373 (Office) barclay_poling@ncsu.eduHorticultural Science - NC State University
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