Crop Insurance Preserves South Dakota Farm Economy

South Dakota’s history is deeply rooted in agriculture, perhaps more so than any other state in the union. From the homesteaders who came here in the 19th century, with little more than a plow and a dream, to their descendants who still work the land, agriculture is the way of life for many South Dakotans.

Farming Needs Strong Policy and Crop Insurance

If I don’t take care of the land, then it won’t take care of me, so I consider myself one of the stewards of the earth. I know I’m not alone. My brethren in farming are also caretakers of the land, water and air. We want to be productive and profitable, and pass on our

Farm Policy is Essential to Maintaining Ag Production in the U.S.

If there is one place that, in recent years, overwhelmingly demonstrates the need and importance of U.S. farm policy, it is California. For the past four years, this top agricultural producing state has experienced record drought conditions and for farmers like my husband and me, it has taken a toll on our operation. We have

Crop Insurance is Critical for Beginning Farmers

Agriculture has been my passion since an early age growing up on the family farm. I have continued the tradition with a farm of my own.Additionally, I have worked as an agricultural banker for nearly four decades. I started out working in the Farm Credit System, but eventually moved over to the private sector because

Crop Insurance is Critical for Beginning Farmers

Agriculture has been my passion since an early age growing up on the family farm. I have continued the tradition with a farm of my own.Additionally, I have worked as an agricultural banker for nearly four decades. I started out working in the Farm Credit System, but eventually moved over to the private sector because

Crop Insurance is Money Well Spent by Farmers

Many folks might not realize this, but the passage of the 2014 Farm Bill was a turning point in American history, from an agricultural perspective.  Largely gone are the days of government support programs like direct payments.  In their place, and at the center stage of farm risk management tools, is crop insurance. I had

Crop Insurance is Money Well Spent by Farmers

Many folks might not realize this, but the passage of the 2014 Farm Bill was a turning point in American history, from an agricultural perspective.  Largely gone are the days of government support programs like direct payments.  In their place, and at the center stage of farm risk management tools, is crop insurance. I had

Crop Insurance Can Help Keep Multi-Generational Farms Within the Family

My farm has been in my family since the mid-1800s. I have seen firsthand how farming has changed over the decades. It is certainly more expensive to farm than when my parents and grandparents and great-great grandparents farmed the land, but one thing hasn’t changed in more than 150 years: farming is an unpredictable business.

Crop Insurance Can Help Keep Multi-Generational Farms Within the Family

My farm has been in my family since the mid-1800s. I have seen firsthand how farming has changed over the decades. It is certainly more expensive to farm than when my parents and grandparents and great-great grandparents farmed the land, but one thing hasn’t changed in more than 150 years: farming is an unpredictable business.

Keep Crop Insurance Out of the Crosshairs

The passage of the 2014 Farm Bill was the beginning of a new chapter in U.S. farm policy, putting to rest most of the old farm support programs and replacing them with a reformed farm safety net and its centerpiece: Crop insurance. Unlike farm programs of the past, only farmers who purchase crop insurance enjoy

Keep Crop Insurance Out of the Crosshairs

The passage of the 2014 Farm Bill was the beginning of a new chapter in U.S. farm policy, putting to rest most of the old farm support programs and replacing them with a reformed farm safety net and its centerpiece: Crop insurance. Unlike farm programs of the past, only farmers who purchase crop insurance enjoy

Insurance on crops boosts farms of all sizes

It is no secret that farm demographics demonstrate an alarming trend in American agriculture. The average age of the American farmer is rising while the number of beginning farmers is decreasing. These beginning farmers are typically younger than their more established counterparts with less access to credit and capital. I see this reality every day

Insurance on crops boosts farms of all sizes

It is no secret that farm demographics demonstrate an alarming trend in American agriculture. The average age of the American farmer is rising while the number of beginning farmers is decreasing. These beginning farmers are typically younger than their more established counterparts with less access to credit and capital. I see this reality every day

This drought just isn’t giving up, but farmers aren’t quitters

California’s central valley has been called America’s salad bowl, but honestly in the last four years, it looks more like a dust bowl than a vegetable garden. The historic drought has caused many California farmers to pay prices for water – just to keep their orchards alive – that most Americans would find unfathomable. Almond,

Crop Insurance Literally Saved My Mississippi Farm

As a fourth generation Mississippi farmer, I grew up knowing that I worked in a field full of risks.  When the weather cooperates, prices dive.  When prices are great, foreign markets collapse, sending prices into a sudden nosedive.   It’s always something. However, it wasn’t until I actually set out on my own in farming in

Cuts to the Farm Safety Net Jeopardize a National Asset

“When the well’s dry, we shall know the worth of water,” said Benjamin Franklin. Similarly, if ever we lose the hard-working independent family farms that take care of the nation’s landscape while producing a diverse set of crops more reliably and efficiently than any farm sector in history, then, and only then will we truly understand

Crop insurance essential for farmers

Farm policy used to focus on providing a safety net for traditional row crops.  That was largely due to the Great Depression and its lingering effects. But farm policy has changed to reflect a country with a diverse agricultural sector. The backbone today is crop insurance, and for good reason:  Policies can be customized for

Crop insurance essential for farmers

Farm policy used to focus on providing a safety net for traditional row crops.  That was largely due to the Great Depression and its lingering effects. But farm policy has changed to reflect a country with a diverse agricultural sector. The backbone today is crop insurance, and for good reason:  Policies can be customized for

New England Farmers Need Access to Affordable Crop Insurance

Although Federal Crop Insurance has been around since 1938, it was largely unused by the farmers because it was either unaffordable, unavailable, or both.  Instead, when farmers experienced widespread losses from natural disasters like floods, hail, or hurricanes they turned to Congress for ad hoc disaster assistance. According to the Congressional Research Service, that assistance

Farmers Need Protection of Crop Insurance

When the homesteaders came to Kansas, they were looking for land to farm and a chance at the American dream. If they were like my family, they arrived here in a covered wagon, and many of us still live on the land where they began to build their dreams. But Kansas can be a cruel

Keep Crop Insurance Out of the Crosshairs

The passage of the 2014 Farm Bill was the beginning of a new chapter in U.S. farm policy, putting to rest most of the old farm support programs and replacing them with a reformed farm safety net and its centerpiece: Crop insurance. Unlike farm programs of the past, only farmers who purchase crop insurance enjoy

Crop Insurance Helps Farmers and Ag Lenders Manage Risk

Weather anomalies have challenged farmers since the earliest days of agriculture. A flood, hail storm or drought can leave a farmer without a harvestable crop at the end of the season. In Central Kansas, producers have been fortunate in the fact that they have not had to endure multiple years of drought or poor production.

Crop Insurance Helps Farmers and Ag Lenders Manage Risk

Weather anomalies have challenged farmers since the earliest days of agriculture. A flood, hail storm or drought can leave a farmer without a harvestable crop at the end of the season. In Central Kansas, producers have been fortunate in the fact that they have not had to endure multiple years of drought or poor production.

History demonstrates the importance of a farm safety net

If my family had kept the farm, I would have been a fourth-generation farmer of a grain operation. But they couldn’t. The ’80s were not kind to us, and my family made the difficult decision to exit the business. They were not alone. Some statistics show public farm auctions numbered around 500 a month during

Crop Insurance Policies are Crucial for Farmers

As someone who has spent more than four decades managing a fourth-generation farm and the past 10 years building my family’s crop insurance agency, I believe I have valuable perspective worth sharing regarding how essential today’s federal crop insurance policies are to America’s farmers and consumers. Specifically, I would like to explain how essential the

Crop Insurance Helps Farmers Survive Unpredictable Weather All Across the Country

“Frost threatens northern U.S. corn; rains soak southern Plains.” This recent headline says it all. The diversity of American agricultural production coupled with the varied growing conditions across the country and the swings in weather explains why farmers need a safety net. More importantly, it describes why crop insurance is the centerpiece of the farm

Crop Insurance Helps Farmers Survive Unpredictable Weather All Across the Country

“Frost threatens northern U.S. corn; rains soak southern Plains.” This recent headline says it all. The diversity of American agricultural production coupled with the varied growing conditions across the country and the swings in weather explains why farmers need a safety net. More importantly, it describes why crop insurance is the centerpiece of the farm

Farmers in the Northwest Need Access to Affordable Crop Insurance

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 reduced some of the price support policies of the past in favor of expanding crop insurance, which allows farmers to purchase varying levels of protection for their crops.

Farmers in the Northwest Need Access to Affordable Crop Insurance

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 reduced some of the price support policies of the past in favor of expanding crop insurance, which allows farmers to purchase varying levels of protection for their crops.

Why America’s Cotton Producers Need Access to Affordable Crop Insurance

  Crop insurance products were improved in the recent farm bill because Congress recognized that these products are a necessity for farmers, regardless of size. To me, a federally-supported crop insurance policy is defensible because a portion of the product’s cost is borne by the farmer. I am one of those farmers. I raise cotton,

Why America’s Cotton Producers Need Access to Affordable Crop Insurance

  Crop insurance products were improved in the recent farm bill because Congress recognized that these products are a necessity for farmers, regardless of size. To me, a federally-supported crop insurance policy is defensible because a portion of the product’s cost is borne by the farmer. I am one of those farmers. I raise cotton,

No crop insurance would mean no food

We are blessed in this country to have the ability to grow our own food and have enough to export to other nations. In fact, that is what inspired me to farm. I had a passion for growing food and, in the case of my home state of Washington where wheat is a highly exported commodity,

Hollis, Oklahoma farmer: Affordable Crop Insurance is Critical

I started farming and ranching with my father and grandfather in southwest Oklahoma and the Texas panhandle 40 years ago, and I am the fourth generation to farm cotton, peanuts, wheat, corn, milo and cattle on our family’s land. I was 17 when I started farming on my own, and although I have four decades

Why Farmers Need This Program

I always knew I was going to be a farmer.  I grew up learning from my grandfather who turned me loose and gave me a lot of responsibility on his farm from a young age.  I was driving machinery by the time I was 10 years old and running my own harvest crew by the

Evolution of Farm Policy Benefits Farmers, Taxpayers

Some stereotypes about U.S. farm policy just won’t die. For example, the belief that farmers get paid for not growing; or that benefits just go to big agribusinesses; or that farm spending is out of control. Such criticisms make splashy headlines but are no longer relevant thanks to the significant evolution of farm policy over

Keep Crop Insurance Affordable

Living through the drought of 2012 as an Illinois farmer gave me a whole new appreciation for risk management tools. There are things that farmers can do to try and deal with the curveballs served up by Mother Nature and with the ups and downs of market swings, but many things — like a massive

Keep Crop Insurance Affordable

Living through the drought of 2012 as an Illinois farmer gave me a whole new appreciation for risk management tools. There are things that farmers can do to try and deal with the curveballs served up by Mother Nature and with the ups and downs of market swings, but many things — like a massive

Crop Insurance a Key for Producers

My husband and I have been farming in Southeastern Colorado for more than 40 years, and during that time it’s safe to say there have been a lot of changes not only in farming practices but also in farm policy. The biggest policy change through the years has been the affordability and availability of crop

Crop Insurance a Key for Producers

My husband and I have been farming in Southeastern Colorado for more than 40 years, and during that time it’s safe to say there have been a lot of changes not only in farming practices but also in farm policy. The biggest policy change through the years has been the affordability and availability of crop

It’s up to us to explain the importance of crop insurance

It was 2010 and I was expecting to harvest my best crop. I had done everything right and the weather had been kind. Or so I thought. Then on a late October night, it hailed for six hours and what was anticipated to be my best crop year turned into nothing. But the worst of

It’s up to us to explain the importance of crop insurance

It was 2010 and I was expecting to harvest my best crop. I had done everything right and the weather had been kind. Or so I thought. Then on a late October night, it hailed for six hours and what was anticipated to be my best crop year turned into nothing. But the worst of

Crop insurance important for state’s ag industry

Pop quiz: Next to tourism, what Florida industry is the state’s largest employer? The answer isn’t health care, transportation, technology or even government. Agriculture is Florida’s second-biggest job supplier, according to the University of Florida. “Two million jobs can be traced to the state’s agriculture, natural resources and related food industries — and not just

Crop insurance important for state’s ag industry

Pop quiz: Next to tourism, what Florida industry is the state’s largest employer? The answer isn’t health care, transportation, technology or even government. Agriculture is Florida’s second-biggest job supplier, according to the University of Florida. “Two million jobs can be traced to the state’s agriculture, natural resources and related food industries — and not just

Crop Insurance Important for State’s Ag Industry

Pop quiz: Next to tourism, what Florida industry is the state’s largest employer? The answer isn’t health care, transportation, technology or even government. Agriculture is Florida’s second-biggest job supplier, according to the University of Florida. “Two million jobs can be traced to the state’s agriculture, natural resources and related food industries — and not just

Crop Insurance Important for State’s Ag Industry

Pop quiz: Next to tourism, what Florida industry is the state’s largest employer? The answer isn’t health care, transportation, technology or even government. Agriculture is Florida’s second-biggest job supplier, according to the University of Florida. “Two million jobs can be traced to the state’s agriculture, natural resources and related food industries — and not just

This Drought Is Awful, But with the Right Tools, Farmers Will Bounce Back

In many parts of Oklahoma, it seems like wheat farmers just can’t catch a break. Not a one. A late spring freeze, combined with excessively dry or extreme drought conditions throughout the winter and into spring have left many of the state’s wheat fields badly stressed or a complete bust. In fact, I’d say this

This Drought Is Awful, But with the Right Tools, Farmers Will Bounce Back

In many parts of Oklahoma, it seems like wheat farmers just can’t catch a break. Not a one. A late spring freeze, combined with excessively dry or extreme drought conditions throughout the winter and into spring have left many of the state’s wheat fields badly stressed or a complete bust. In fact, I’d say this

Crop Insurance Helps NC Farmers Weather the Ups and Downs

From rags to riches. From feast to famine. From pauper to prince. We’ve all heard the phrases to describe going from one extreme condition to the opposite. But farmers in North Carolina understand this concept first hand. Unfortunately. In 2011, just about every imaginable weather disaster hit the state. It started with frigid cold, moved

Crop insurance helped make this years bounty possible

By Tim Totheroh I’ve been a farmer all my life. I’m also a crop insurance adjuster, which means last summer was a busy time for me. By the end of harvest claims last year, I visited more than 200 farms, meeting with the farmers, inspecting their losses and adjusting their crop insurance claims. It was

The new face of farm policy: crop insurance

By Andrew Bowman Aug. 2, 2013-From walking on soil baked into near-concrete during the worst drought in over 50 years in 2012, to dredging across flooded fields this soggy spring, farmers continue to face uncertainty. And that’s just weather. As a 27-year-old farmer, I’m starting to wonder what “normal” even means. In my short career,

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