NAP Buy-Up Coverage Now Availability

Dan Economy, Industry News Release

Changes apply Beginning April 8, 2019 USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced that higher levels of coverage will be offered through the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP), a popular safety net program, beginning April 8, 2019. The 2018 Farm Bill also increased service fees and made other changes to the program, including service fee waivers for qualified military veterans …

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Trump Budget Includes Crop Insurance Cuts

Dan Economy, Industry News Release

The fiscal year 2020 budget submitted by President Donald Trump includes a couple of points sure to ignite debate in the budgetary process. The proposal includes imposing work requirements on Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program recipients. The Hagstrom Report says the proposed budget also imposes work requirements on recipients of Medicare and federal housing benefits. The work requirements will likely reduce …


Farmers Helped Protect Crop Insurance During 2018 Farm Bill Debate

Dan Economy, Farm Bill, Industry News Release, Legislative

Every five years, Congress sets the course for our nation’s agricultural policy with the passage of a Farm Bill. When farm policy critics predictably suggested that Congress use the 2018 Farm Bill to undermine the critical safety net that crop insurance provides, those who depend on crop insurance were quick to tell Capitol Hill to “do no harm” to this important program. …


Coalition Asks Congress to Safeguard Crop Insurance

Dan Economy, Industry News Release

A coalition of more than 50 farm groups is asking lawmakers to safeguard crop insurance. The organizations, including the American Farm Bureau Federation, warned in a letter to top-ranking House and Senate budget leaders this week that “An overreliance on budget savings from the agriculture community and from crop insurance will unquestionably undermine rural economies.” 2018 farm profitability is expected …

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Many Farmers May Need Crop Insurance Reporting Extension

Dan Economy

This year bad weather has resulted in a very slow harvest, and many farmers still have crops in the field. In a story from Gary Crawford, he looks at what farmers should do about the December 10th crop insurance deadline for reporting their production. Bill Northey, USDA Under Secretary, says if you still have crops to harvest, you need to …

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Study: Farmers Will Buy Less Crop Insurance if it Costs More

Dan Industry News Release

Crop insurance critics have said for a long time that it’s such a vital product that a rise in premium rates will have no impact on farmer participation. A peer-reviewed study says such claims may be convenient for special interest groups hoping to weaken the risk-management tool by making it more expensive. However, those claims aren’t correct. Dr. Josh Woodard …

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Farm Bureau Compares Crop Insurance to Ad Hoc Disaster

Dan Economy, Field Crops, Industry News Release

As Congress continues preparation for the 2018 Farm Bill, rural America continues to voice its support for maintaining a strong crop insurance system. One of the loudest voices in that chorus belongs to the country’s largest farm organization, the American Farm Bureau Federation. An active member of the crop insurance coalition, Farm Bureau is working hard to dispel myths about …