Transference of risk is a very common way of managing risk; in fact, both individuals and businesses employ this mechanism all the time.
For example, if you drive a car or truck, you probably pay an insurance company (e.g., Allstate, Farmers, Geico, Progressive, etc.) to assume the risk of damages that might result if you are involved in a car accident.
So, if you cause an accident resulting in $100,000 in losses, you will pay only a small portion (maybe $500) of the $100,000; the insurance company covers the rest. In short, you paid the insurance company to assume your risk.
For another example, consider the purchase of a new electronic gadget.
When you pay for the device, you will probably be asked to purchase an extended warranty in case the device fails or is damaged. If you purchase the warranty, you are choosing to transfer away your risk; therefore, if your device breaks, you will receive a payment to cover the loss.
In agriculture, we face a wide range and depth of risks. So, many producers choose to strategically transfer away some of their risks, especially the risks that they have the least ability to manage.
Some common mechanisms for transferring agricultural risk are as follows: