California Drought Worsens as Rainy Season Ends, Growers Fret

“California’s reservoirs obviously will not be significantly replenished by a melting snowpack this spring and summer,” concluded the year-end snow survey by the California Department of Water Resources. The mountain snowpack is critical to the state’s water needs and provides roughly one-third of the water for California’s farms and cities. “Today’s final snow survey of […]

CROP INSURANCE IN ACTION: Tim Totheroh, Wellington, Illinois

Although Tim Totheroh says that his last name is “Pennsylvania Dutch,” he’s 100 percent Illinois farm boy, having spent his entire life on a farm near Wellington, Illinois. Totheroh, who farms 850 acres of corn and soybeans, is also a crop insurance adjuster, which gave him unique insight into the historic drought of 2012. Totheroh […]

U.S. Agriculture at Historic, Pivotal Point

When the 2014 Farm Bill became law, it marked a pivotal moment in the history of U.S. farm policy. The new Farm Bill eliminated direct payments and replaced them with Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) that farmers must choose between. The Farm Bill also stressed the importance of Federal Crop Insurance […]