(Bloomberg) -- In the U.S, government-backed insuranceplans help compensate farmers for losses after natural disasters.

Unfortunately for the produce growers that were ravaged byrecent hurricanes, a lot of the nation’s vegetable and fruit cropsaren’t covered.

Hurricanes Irma and Harvey, which devastated parts of Florida,Texas and the Gulf Coast, also hit some of the nation’sleast-insured crops, based on data the U.S. Department of Agriculture released in areport Wednesday. Nationwide, only 16% of peppers and 2% ofstrawberries, both key Florida products, are covered byinsurance.

'Extreme weather events are coming more often'

"Extreme weather events are coming more often, and farmers do needtools," said Krysta Harden, a former deputy secretary of theUSDA, who’s now the chief sustainability officer and vice presidentfor public policy for the agriculture division of DowDuPont Inc. "Cropinsurance helps them deal with these extreme weather patterns. Theneed for it is increasing," she said in an interview in NewYork.

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