WGVA 106.3FM 1240AMMix 98.5101.7 The WallWFLR Finger Lakes Country Classic Hits 99.3The Lake 100.1/104.5 WAUB 96.3FM 1590AM

Rep. Langworthy Bill Would Improve Crop Insurance for Grape Growers


A bill has been introduced in Washington that aims to provide comprehensive crop insurance for grape growers who suffer losses due to freeze events.  Congressman Nick Langworthy (NY-23) introduced H.R. 8359, the Grape Research and Protection Expansion Act, known as the GRAPE Act, which aims to provide comprehensive crop insurance for grape growers who suffer losses due to freeze events.  Rep. Langworthy said the bill addresses a significant gap in current agricultural support policies.

“Grape growers in Western New York and the Southern Tier are vital to our local economy and our nation’s agricultural sector — the GRAPE Act will ensure they have the necessary resources to recover from the devastating impact of unexpected freezes,” said Congressman Langworthy. “In April, the Lake Erie grape belt experienced a hard frost, causing substantial damage that threatened the entire crop, resulting in major financial losses for local producers. Because of this, I am committed to fighting for the inclusion of this provision in the upcoming Farm Bill to provide grape growers across the United States with affordable crop insurance, safeguarding their livelihoods and ensuring the continued success of our agricultural communities.” 

The GRAPE Act will:

  • Mandate the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation to develop a policy specifically for insuring table, wine, and juice grapes against losses due to freeze events.
  • Require ongoing research to ensure the insurance policy is robust, effective, and meets the unique needs of grape growers.
  • Provide grape growers with an affordable safety net, reducing the financial impact of freeze-related losses.

This legislation also has support from outside organizations, including Farm Credit East.

“Crop insurance plays a vital role in helping farmers manage the weather and market risks inherent in production agriculture. The proposed GRAPE Act demonstrates how the crop insurance program can be tailored and improved to address the evolving challenges facing today’s grape growers,” said Jeremy Forrett, Senior Vice President of Crop Growers at Farm Credit East.

As a longtime advocate for the rural economy, Congressman Langworthy supports a robust Federal crop insurance program as the premier risk management tool for U.S. producers — emphasizing the importance of maintaining a strong crop insurance title in the Farm Bill (Title 11). The GRAPE Act is part of Congressman Langworthy’s broader efforts to strengthen the agricultural sector and support American farmers in navigating the challenges of modern agriculture.

Have all the Finger Lakes news from Finger Lakes News Radio delivered to your email every morning for FREE!  Sign up by clicking here.

Get the top stories on your radio 24/7 on Finger Lakes News Radio 96.3 and 1590, WAUB and 106.3 and 1240, WGVA, and on Finger Lakes Country, 96.1/96.9/101.9/1570 WFLR.