Crop insurers call on farmers to demonstrate severity of drought in online photo contest

OVERLAND PARK. KANSAS (August 20, 2012)—National Crop Insurance Services (NCIS) announced that it will host a 90-day photo contest, beginning today and featuring farm photos taken during the 2012 drought—on track to be one of the driest years the nation has ever seen. The group is reaching out to all farmers suffering from these near-record […]

Drought Update – August 20, 2012

The continental United States is parched,with 62% of the lower 48 states experiencing moderate to exceptional drought, according to the August 14 U.S. Drought Monitor. Crop insurance is helping farmers pick up the pieces. So far in 2012: Farmers have invested $3.9 billion to purchase more than 1.1 million crop insurance policies. The policies provide […]

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Crop insurance has become the chief risk management tool for farmers for one simple reason: It works. Farmers purchase policies and can receive claims only for documented losses. As you noted, most of the United States is locked in a severe drought this year. Crop losses may be deep, and no crop insurance indemnity will […]

Drought Worsens As USDA Cuts Crop Projections; Farmers Hopes Sink

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The weekly U.S. Drought Monitor map released August 14 held more bad news for the contiguous United States, with 62 percent remaining in some level of drought. And the expanse that is gripped by extreme or exceptional drought rose nearly two percent last week to 24 percent. The center of the drought remains directly over […]

Crop Insurance Helps An Iowa Farmer Plant Another Day After 2011 Floods

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There are few places in the country that personify the radical whims of Mother Nature as well as the state of Iowa. Last year, Iowa and much of the upper Midwest suffered under record flooding when major rivers left their banks. This year, Iowa farmers are facing one of the worst droughts in decades. The […]

A Drought Isn’t A Disaster if the Right Tools Are in Place

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A drought specialist with the national weather service recently compared the drought and heat wave here in the Midwest with the catastrophic dry period of 1988 that at the time cost agriculture $78 billion. This year’s weather pattern, which settled into the Great Plains and the Southwest last year and has spread into the Corn […]