Heard from the Field: Michigan Farmers Share Insights with Senate

field of spring grass and sunset

Last week, the Senate Agriculture Committee held its first field hearing in preparation for the 2023 Farm Bill. Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and Ranking Member John Boozman (R-Ark.) traveled to Sen. Stabenow’s home state of Michigan to hear from local farmers and other key stakeholders about the farm policies that are key to keeping their […]

Risk Management Discussion Shines Spotlight on Crop Insurance

Red ripe strawberries on a vine

“I can honestly say I would not be sitting here if it was not for crop insurance,” wheat grower Nicole Berg recently told an audience in Washington, DC. Last year, Berg turned to crop insurance when she was only able to harvest a third of her farm due to drought and arid conditions. Crop insurance […]

For America’s Farmers, Crop Insurance is First Line of Defense Against Climate Change

Cornfield ready for harvest late afternoon light, sunset, Minnesota

As farmers face increasing challenges due to climate change, the safety net provided by crop insurance is their first line of defense. This was one of the messages delivered last week at a panel discussion on mitigating the risks of climate change during the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) 2022 Agricultural Outlook Forum. National Crop […]

Vilsack: USDA ‘Laser Focused’ on Crop Insurance Access

tractor with seeder in the field in early spring

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is committed to affordable and flexible crop insurance for the nation’s farmers, ranchers, and producers, according to Secretary Tom Vilsack. He made his pre-recorded remarks on the second day of the crop insurance industry’s annual convention in California. “Your work is critical to helping America’s farmers, ranchers, and producers […]

Crop Insurance Earns Bipartisan Praise at Congressional Hearing

The U.S. Capitol

Crop insurance is the cornerstone of the farm safety net and an invaluable risk management tool for America’s farmers. This message was underscored during a recent House Agriculture Subcommittee hearing called by Subcommittee Chairwoman Cheri Bustos (D-Ill.) “I hear through pretty much every ag meeting I have how important the Federal crop insurance program is […]

The Three “C’s”: Crop Insurance, Climate, and Conservation

Round Hay Bales in Rural Area Winter

Over the past several years, farmers have dealt with immense climate and weather-related challenges. America’s farmers have survived droughts, hurricanes, derechos, floods, fires and a global pandemic. Through it all, farmers have kept farming. One constant throughout these past several years has been the availability of Federal crop insurance. Recently, the Crop Insurance Coalition, a […]

Farmers Emphasize to Congress Importance of Crop Insurance

Tractor cultivating field at spring

Farmers from across the country testified last week before a House Agriculture Subcommittee hearing examining the efficacy of the farm safety net. While each grower had a unique story to share, a common thread quickly became clear: America’s farmers depend on the Federal crop insurance program. Read in their own words what crop insurance means […]

USDA Chief Actuary Highlights Crop Insurance Strengths

wheat field

America’s farmers and ranchers face an incredible number of risks every year, ranging from catastrophic weather events to market disruptions. That’s why rural America relies on the risk management tools provided by the Federal crop insurance program. Dr. Thomas Worth, Chief Actuary at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Risk Management Agency, recently spoke at […]

Celebrating the Incredible Women of Crop Insurance

aerial view of sprayer

Last week, as we celebrated Women in History Month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) hosted a special conversation to honor the women who work in the crop insurance industry. Kendall Jones, chair of the National Crop Insurance Services (NCIS) and president and CEO of ProAg, and crop insurance agents and industry leaders Iris Sáenz […]

Crop Insurance Backs Farmers During Unprecedented Uncertainty

Crop insurance has been there for rural America through the many uncertainties that farmers and ranchers face every single day. It’s helped agricultural producers survive droughts, tornados, blizzards, floods, low prices, prevented plantings and even volcanos. Still, over the past few months, the COVID-19 pandemic has introduced new and unprecedented challenges as farmers navigate supply […]