New Poll: Americans Overwhelmingly Support Farmers, Farm Policy, Crop Insurance

(OVERLAND PARK, Kan.) – Nearly 90 percent of Americans have a favorable view of farmers, and 92 percent said it was important to provide them with federal funding, according to a new national poll released today.  Furthermore, positive marks cut across party lines, showing that a strong farm policy is a bipartisan issue. “Americans overwhelmingly like

Economists Discuss Farm Policy Amid Falling Crop Prices

(INDIAN WELLS, Calif.)—The U.S. Department of Agriculture, last week, warned that farm incomes would again fall in 2016 because of low commodity prices, continuing a troubling trend in recent years. Top agricultural economists echoed that sentiment yesterday and explained how this reality underscores the importance of farm policy. “It’s pretty tough sledding out there right

USDA: Public-Private Partnership has Strengthened Crop Insurance and Reduced Waste

(INDIAN WELLS, Calif.)—The current crop insurance system, which depends on cooperation and coordination between private-sector insurers and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), is working well and serves as an example of how effective such partnerships can be. That was the message delivered yesterday by Brandon Willis, administrator of the USDA’s Risk Management Agency, at

Senate Ag Chair Encourages Greater Outreach, Education to Counter Attacks on Crop Insurance

(INDIAN WELLS, Calif.) — The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Forestry and Nutrition addressed crop insurers during the annual meeting of the American Association of Crop Insurers and the National Crop Insurance Services and pledged to “preserve, protect, and defend” this public-private partnership against the challenges ahead. During his keynote speech, Sen. Pat

Crop Insurers Celebrate Past Success, Set Sights on Future

Crop insurers and farmers have shouldered their share of challenges in recent years, ranging from an historic drought to lower-than-expected financial returns, legislative debates, and implementing a new Farm Bill. But Tim Weber, chairman of the American Association of Crop Insurers and National Crop Insurance Services, said today that those challenges have only strengthened crop

New Crop Insurance Video Tackles Common Farm Policy Misperceptions

Investing in farm policy and crop insurance benefits all Americans, according to a new video released today by National Crop Insurance Services (NCIS). The two-minute educational piece was made public as Congress works to reverse harmful cuts to crop insurance made during last month’s Budget Agreement.  If those cuts remain in place, agricultural leaders fear

Library of Congress Adds Crop Insurance Website to its Historical Collection

National Crop Insurance Services (NCIS) announced today that its website has been selected by the United States Library of Congress (LOC) to be part of America’s historic collection of Internet materials. For nearly two decades, the LOC has catalogued digital materials spanning a variety themes, events, and issue areas with the purpose of capturing records

Technology, Sustainability, and Insurance Essential to Agriculture’s Future

Farmers and ranchers are tasked with producing more food and fiber than ever to meet the world’s growing appetite, and they have to do it while preserving scarce natural resources and dealing with extreme weather and volatile markets. A combination of new technology, smarter farming practices, and government policies will be required to succeed, according

‘Crop Insurance: Just the Facts’ Update Released at Global Conference

As insurance leaders from more than 30 nations gather here to discuss farm policy and the challenges facing the global agricultural sector, National Crop Insurance Services (NCIS) today released an updated version of “Crop Insurance: Just the Facts.” This resource has been one of the most popular destinations on the NCIS website for years, and

USDA Secretary Kicks Off International Crop Insurance Conference

Agricultural leaders from more than 30 nations are in America this week to discuss the challenge of feeding a growing world population and how crop insurance can help farmers rise to the task. U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack was on hand to welcome the international delegation and provide his perspective. “There are

Congressional Leaders Tout Crop Insurance at International Ag Conference

Key members from the United States Senate and House today explained the popularity and importance of crop insurance during a gathering of global insurance leaders from more than 30 countries. “Your work across the globe to help producers manage the ever risky job of feeding the world is vitally important,” Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) told

NCIS Outlines History of U.S. Farm Policy for International Guests

National Crop Insurance Services (NCIS) today released a detailed explanation of the evolution of U.S. farm policy over the past two centuries and crop insurance’s recent rise to prominence. The paper was included in NCIS’s quarterly magazine, Crop Insurance TODAY® and was made available at an international conference of agricultural leaders who traveled to the

Farmers Help Fund $14 Billion of the Farm Safety Net in 2014

Farmers who filed crop insurance claims in 2014 collectively shouldered approximately $10 billion in deductible losses before collecting any payments, according to new data unveiled today by the National Crop Insurance Services (NCIS). When combined with the $3.9 billion spent to buy insurance coverage in 2014, farmers absorbed at least $14 billion in out-of-pocket costs,

Former USDA Chief Economist Discusses 40-Year Career, Farm Policy in New Videos

(OVERLAND PARK, Kan.) — Renowned agricultural economist Dr. Keith Collins reflects on his distinguished career and the future of farm policy in a series of videos released today by National Crop Insurance Services (NCIS). Collins spent 32 years in federal service, where he served as the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) chief economist to four

Ag Groups Ready to Work Together to Defend Crop Insurance

Representatives of various agricultural groups in Washington, D.C. voiced support for crop insurance during the annual meeting of the American Association of Crop Insurers and the National Crop Insurance Services.  The session was designed to give crop insurers perspective not only from Capitol Hill, but also from farmers across the country. “We want crop insurance

Crop Insurers’ Returns in Question

(BONITA SPRINGS, Fla.) – Financial returns for crop insurers have fallen nearly 60 percent below expectations since 2011, according to the National Crop Insurance Services, the industry’s main trade organization. The Standard Reinsurance Agreement — the business contract between the federal government and private-sector insurers that went into effect in 2011 — targeted average returns

New Congressional Ag Leaders Pledge to Protect & Strengthen Crop Insurance, Encourage Teamwork to Address Challenges Ahead

(BONITA SPRINGS, Fla.) — The new leaders of the agriculture committees in Congress addressed crop insurers during the annual meeting of the American Association of Crop Insurers and the National Crop Insurance Services and pledged to protect and strengthen this public-private partnership. In separate taped videos, Sen. Pat Roberts, the chairman of the Senate Committee

Crop Insurers to Leave No Attack on Crop Insurance Unchallenged in 2015

(BONITA SPRINGS, Fla.) — With crop insurance now cemented as the cornerstone of U.S. farm policy, political attacks are inevitable. But crop insurers will make education a top priority in 2015 and will address the critics, said Tim Weber, chairman of the American Association of Crop Insurers and National Crop Insurance Services. “Those with an

ICYMI: Farmers Grow Florida Jobs, Crop Insurance Protects Them

On the eve of the annual convention in Florida, the president of the National Crop Insurance Services (NCIS), Tom Zacharias, penned an editorial for the Fort Myers News-Press highlighting how important agriculture is to the state’s economy and how crop insurance is the key to protecting this industry from disaster. In the piece, Zacharias explains

Private-Sector Delivery Essential to Crop Insurance’s Future

Private companies are integral to crop insurance’s future because they shoulder risk that would otherwise be borne by taxpayers and because they maintain the system used to efficiently provide assistance to farm families following disasters. However if the business does not remain viable, private-sector participation could wane, which would weaken America’s farm policy, according to

Affordability of Crop insurance Policies Focus of New Video

Crop insurance policies must remain affordable for farmers and ranchers or the entire farm safety net will fail, crop insurance providers said today in a new educational video. Farmers help fund current farm policy by spending approximately $4 billion a year out of their own pockets on crop insurance policies and by shouldering a portion

New NCIS Video: Availability Key to Crop Insurance’s Future

Crop insurance providers today released the first in a series of educational videos meant to highlight three policy attributes that are essential to maintaining a strong crop insurance system in the face of future market and weather challenges. The first three-minute segment examines the widespread availability of crop insurance, whereas future videos will look at

2013 Year in Review: New Policy and Coverage Milestones for Crop Insurance

(OVERLAND PARK, Kan.) — Crop insurance reached significant and historic milestones in 2013 — both in its formal recognition by Congress as the primary risk management tool for farmers and the volume of protection it offered — according to an article released in the May 2014 edition of Crop Insurance TODAY. “Again in 2013, crop

Conservation Community Makes Crop Insurance Stronger

(SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.) — Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow told crop insurers this week that in addition to farmer support, new coalitions would be needed to defend the policy from critics in the future. Agriculture’s work with the conservation community will be at the forefront of that effort, and Dan Wrinn with Ducks Unlimited (DU)

Four Crop Insurance Industry Stalwarts Presented with Lifetime Achievement Awards

(SCOTTSDALE, ARIZ.) – Kent Petersen, Hudson Crop Insurance, Robert Parkerson, ProAg Insurance, Russell Slade, Diversified Crop Insurance Services, and Charles “Chuck” Lassey, retired, were presented with a Crop Insurance Industry Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2014 Crop Insurance Industry Annual Convention. Tim Weber, Chairman of the National Crop Insurance Services (NCIS) Board of Directors, and

Dan Carothers Receives Crop Insurance Industry Outstanding Service Award

(SCOTTSDALE, ARIZ.) – Dan Carothers was the recipient of the 2014 National Crop Insurance Services Outstanding Service Award in recognition for outstanding service and outreach to small, limited resource, and socially disadvantaged farmers. Tim Weber, Chairman of the National Crop Insurance Services (NCIS) Board of Directors, and Tom Zacharias, President of NCIS, presented the award

Tom Vetter Receives NCIS Industry Leadership Award

(SCOTTSDALE, ARIZ.) – Tom Vetter, ProAg Insurance, was presented with the 2014 National Crop Insurance Services (NCIS) Industry Leadership Award at the 2014 Crop Insurance Industry Annual Convention. This award is given to individuals who are directly involved in the crop insurance industry and who consistently serve the industry by providing outstanding leadership through NCIS

Kenny Shock Receives NCIS Industry Leadership Award

(SCOTTSDALE, ARIZ.) – Kenny Shock, Great American Insurance Company, was presented with the 2014 National Crop Insurance Services (NCIS) Industry Leadership Award at the 2014 Crop Insurance Industry Annual Convention. This award is given to individuals who are directly involved in the crop insurance industry and who consistently serve the industry by providing outstanding leadership

2013: A Landmark Year for Farmers, Crop Insurance

(SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.) — On the heels of the 2012 drought, farmers turned to crop insurance in record numbers to protect their crops in 2013, according to data released today at a convention hosted by the National Crop Insurance Services (NCIS) and American Association of Crop Insurers. Notable crop insurance statistics for 2013: Farmers spent $4.5

Senator Stabenow Calls Farm Bill Turning Point for Crop Insurance

(SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.) — On the heels of the 2014 Farm Bill becoming law, Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) addressed the crop insurance industry yesterday and noted that crop insurance is now the centerpiece of U.S. farm policy. “Today, crop insurance is the foundation of this Farm Bill and the farm safety net,” Stabenow,

RMA Focuses On Farm Bill Implementation and Keeping Crop Insurance Strong

(SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.) — Now that a new Farm Bill has been approved and crop insurance has emerged as the lynchpin of the farm safety net, the USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) is focused on quickly implementing the new law RMA Administrator Brandon Willis, who spoke today at the crop insurance industry’s annual convention, said cooperation

Farm Bill Proves Crop Insurance Popularity At All-Time High, Says Industry Leader

(SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.) — Passage of the Farm Bill, which cemented crop insurance as the cornerstone of farm policy, proves that crop insurance’s popularity among farmers has reached an all-time high, said Tim Weber, Chairman of the American Association of Crop Insurers and National Crop Insurance Services. “If I had to sum up the story of

Senate Passes Farm Bill 68-32

February 4, 2014 American Association of Crop Insurers, Crop Insurance and Reinsurance Bureau and National Crop Insurance Services released this statement about today’s passage of the Senate Farm Bill. “We congratulate the Senate on its swift passage of the Farm Bill and know that America’s farmers appreciate the certainty it provides by ensuring a strong

New NCIS Video: Crop Insurance By The Numbers

OVERLAND PARK, KAN. — As we continue pressing forward in the 2013 Farm Bill debate, the success of the crop insurance program and the benefit that it has had to the American taxpayer is the subject of a new NCIS video. “Over the last decade, overall taxpayer spending on farm policy as a whole has

Farmers Shoulder Nearly $17 Billion in Losses in 2012

Before farmers received a single dime in crop insurance indemnity payments, they shouldered $12.7 billion in losses as part of their deductibles to crop insurance policies, according to a guest editorial published today by Tom Zacharias, president of National Crop Insurance Services (NCIS). “When combined with the $4.1 billion farmers paid out of their own

Crop Insurance Industry Releases ‘Crop Insurance: Just the Facts’

As crop insurers prepare for the Farm Bill and funding deliberations in the future, National Crop Insurance Services (NCIS) has released a detailed question-and-answer resource laying out the facts about crop insurance and dispelling some of the most common arguments against crop insurance put forth by its critics. “Crop insurance is the single most important

New Video: Criticisms Against Farmers Who Purchase Crop Insurance Naïve, Untrue

(OVERLAND PARK, Kan.) — Critics who said that farmers who purchased crop insurance were “praying for drought, not praying for rain” or were “laughing all the way to the bank” during last summer’s historic drought were strongly rebuked by farmers, crop insurance agents and claims adjusters in a new video released today by National Crop

Growing Global Food Demand Underscores Importance of Crop Insurance

(INDIAN WELLS, Calif.) – Strong demand for U.S. commodities – driven primarily by the growing middle class in developing countries – will keep prices strong through the next decade, said Michael Dwyer, director of global policy analysis at USDA’s Foreign Agriculture Service. Dwyer made his comments yesterday during an annual conference sponsored by National Crop

2012 Crop Insurance Indemnities Set New Record, But Are Far Lower Than Critics Warned

(INDIAN WELLS, Calif.) — Crop insurance indemnity payments associated with the historic 2012 drought hit a record $14.2 billion Monday and will continue to climb as insurers work to finalize the remaining claims. But according to projections released last week by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), total indemnities and the taxpayer-funded portion of those losses,

Under Secretary Scuse Commends Crop Insurance Providers for a Job Well Done

(INDIAN WELLS, CALIF) – Last year’s drought put the country’s crop insurance system to the test, but the public-private partnership passed with flying colors, USDA Under Secretary Michael Scuse said today at the 2013 crop insurance annual conference. During the disaster, Scuse traveled across rural America and gave farmers business cards with instruction to call

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