Insuring Carinata

The United States federal government has finalised procedures insuring carinata, a new crop that is being grown to produce jet fuel.

Last year farmers in North Dakota planted 6000 acres of the mustard seed variety known as carinata. However, insurance agents were unclear about how to go about insuring carinata.

As the new crop being grown for jet fuel becomes more popular, the U. S. Department of Agriculture officials have finalised procedures to insure it.

For 2016 and succeeding crop years, carinata is only insurable under the federal crop insurance program by written agreement under canola and rapeseed crop provisions.

Approved insurance providers (AIPs) and producers have raised questions regarding the insurability of Brassica carinata. Carinata is an inedible oilseed. These oil seeds mimic the attributes of its petroleum Рderived counterpart. Carinata yields oil that can be refined into fuels. These fuels meet the specifications of petroleum-based fuels.  They work in ground and air transportation engines without blending. Engine modifications are also not required.

A common name for the crop is Ethiopian Mustard. Processor contracts are being promoted in both fall and spring-seeded canola counties for the 2016 crop year. The Risk Management Agency (RMA) became aware that carinata contracts were being offered earlier this year in Georgia, North Dakota and Montana.

One requirement for insuring carinata under the Mustard Crop Division is that the crop be in the family Cruciferae.   Carinata meets this requirement and was insurable under the Mustard Crop Provisions in the 2015 crop year.

Furthermore, a requirement for the insured crop is for the crop to contain at least 30 per cent of an industrial type of oil of high erucic acid in this case. Carinata’s oil profile contains more than 30 per cent high euricic acid, so meets this requirement. It can thus be insured under the Canola and Rapeseed Crop Provisions as a Rapeseed type.

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