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 curve balls served up by Mother Nature and with the ups and downs of market swings, but many things – like a

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,

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Mother Nature is the toughest, most unpredictable boss. Farmers are resilient and they adapt, but a safety net is crucial to their survival. And, it’s not a safety net if it’s not affordable.

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Mother Nature is the toughest, most unpredictable boss. Farmers are resilient and they adapt, but a safety net is crucial to their survival. And, it’s not a safety net if it’s not affordable.

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I would not have had the opportunity to grow my farm without crop insurance.

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I would not have had the opportunity to grow my farm without crop insurance.

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

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

NCIS President Discusses the Important Role of Crop Insurance

NCIS President Tom Zacharias discussed the growing role of crop insurance as the primary risk management tool for farmers in a recent radio interview with Courtnay Doyle of Dignity Farm Network in southwestern Minnesota.  “The 2014 Farm Bill solidified crop insurance as the primary tool for farmers in dealing with production and price swings,” said

Give Crop Insurance a Chance to Work

A year after the farm bill was enacted the debate over crop insurance is brewing again. As cost estimates grow for the 2014 farm bill’s commodity program, several members of Congress are calling for program cuts. These congressmen seem to have forgotten that while the farm bill was being debated in 2012, Illinois was at

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

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Farmers buy crop insurance to protect their crops from volatile weather and/or crop prices.  It gives farmers and lenders peace of mind.  The 2014 Farm Bill solidified crop insurance as the primary tool for farmers in dealing with production and price risk.  Farmers urged Congress to strengthen crop insurance because it allows them to tailor

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Farmers buy crop insurance to protect their crops from volatile weather and/or crop prices.  It gives farmers and lenders peace of mind.  The 2014 Farm Bill solidified crop insurance as the primary tool for farmers in dealing with production and price risk.  Farmers urged Congress to strengthen crop insurance because it allows them to tailor

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

Farmers Grow Florida Jobs, Crop Insurance Protects Them

Pop quiz: Next to tourism, what Florida industry is the state’s largest employer? The answer isn’t healthcare, 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

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“Let’s face it, if we don’t do that, the government will step in anyway in that kind of disaster and all the costs will be paid by taxpayers. Washington D.C. can help provide the safety net, but they shouldn’t dictate the terms.”

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 In Action: Matthew King, Delaware County, Ohio

Farming in Central Ohio, much like the rest of the traditional corn belt, tends to be a business that’s very even keel.  The soil is great and the climate is just about perfect for growing corn, soybeans and wheat.  Because of this, bushels per acres are fairly predictable from year to year. “That whole equation

Crop Insurance in Action: Bill Christ, Metamora, Illinois

For those who have ever visited America’s Corn Belt, they know that the region has soil and climatic conditions for growing corn and soybeans.   “And our farmers are hardworking, committed and driven to produce record crops every year,” notes farmer and crop insurance agent Bill Christ. In the past, when drought would occasionally come, “many

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

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

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

New NCIS Video: Private-Sector Delivery Essential to Crop Insurance’s Future and Viability

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

NCIS President Tom Zacharias Talks Crop Insurance on Agri-Talk

The increasingly important role of crop insurance to farmers, ranchers and producers across the country – and its place of prominence in the 2014 Farm Bill – were among the many topics of conversation during Mike Adams’ recent interview with NCIS President Tom Zacharias on Agri-Talk. “We think this is a very positive Farm Bill

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

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Farmers spend tens of thousands of dollars and then pray for good weather. If it all comes together, you’ve got a bountiful harvest and you’re set for the next year. If it doesn’t, then hopefully you have crop insurance.

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

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

Crop insurance providers recently 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

CROP INSURANCE IN ACTION: Shawn Holladay, Lamesa, Texas

Shawn Holladay, a fourth-generation cotton farmer from Dawson County, Texas, looks to agriculture as his sole source of income. It’s not a bad argument for wanting the status quo to continue. Ask one who’s been in farming for decades for his proverbial ‘staying power’ and he will likely tell you farming is a beloved legacy,

Columbus Dispatch Guest Opinion: In Tough Years, Crop Insurance is Vital

Farming in central Ohio tends to be very even-keel, largely due to the great soil we sit on and the favorable climatic conditions in most years. Local crops, including corn, soybeans and wheat, tend to come in at fairly predictable yields, offering local farmers some peace of mind in a business known for its risk.

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

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Production agriculture is constantly changing. Crop insurance is right there, making sure farmers have a modern and affordable risk management tool at their disposal.

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