Design of the Rainfall Index Crop Insurance Program for Pasture, Rangeland, and Forage
By: Cho, Whoi ; Brorsen, B. Wade
Cho, Whoi ; Brorsen, B. Wade, Design of the Rainfall Index Crop Insurance Program for Pasture, Rangeland, and Forage, Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Volume 46, Issue 1, January 2021, Pages 85-100
This article considers three possible issues about the design of the Rainfall Index Pasture, Rangeland and Forage (RI-PRF) crop insurance program: (i) how well the rainfall index matches actual rainfall, (ii) whether the county base values can be made more accurate using spatial smoothing, and (iii) optimal choices of RI-PRF crop insurance alternatives for producers and reducing the number of choices that producers have to make. Based on the results, we conclude that the RI-PRF crop insurance program needs to reduce the number of choices and provide suggestions for restricting the choices.