Who should take the survey:
California winegrape growers
What is an Unharvested Price Adjustment (UPA)?
Under current RMA policy, where a crop insurance claim entails a complete loss and grapes go unharvested, RMA will deduct from the indemnity paid to the grower those costs that were avoided.
For example, if a crop insurance claim is made for grapes tainted by wildfire smoke and those grapes go unharvested, then RMA assumes the grower did not incur harvest and hauling costs for those grapes. In which case, an unharvested price adjustment (UPA) is applied for every ton of grapes for which an indemnity payment is calculated.
RMA has established
a single UPA for each county
in California where winegrapes are grown.
Why is this survey needed?
Your support for this effort will help ensure RMA has the best available information for determining your crop insurance indemnity payments.
Unfortunately, there are significant flaws in the values RMA assigns for UPAs.
For example, RMA only uses a single UPA for each county, which means no distinction is made for differing costs for mechanical or hand harvest operations. Also, CAWG recognizes many growers track their harvest costs on an acre basis, not per ton. Nonetheless, RMA needs to calculate harvest costs per ton of grapes, and we want to provide them the best available information.
CAWG will work with RMA to ensure UPAs reflect the different costs associated with hand and mechanically harvested grapes.
We ask that you take a separate survey for each county that you harvest winegrapes.
Please complete this survey by
Wednesday, April 15, 2020