Expand Your Crop Insurance Knowledge with the Latest Resources

These last few years, many of us have gained an even deeper appreciation for America’s farmers and ranchers – and the daily challenges they face to feed, fuel, and clothe America’s growing population. Farmers are key to maintaining our food security, which is why we work hard to ensure that all farmers have the tools […]

Crop Insurance Basics: Moral Hazard

Moral hazard is a phrase commonly used in the business community that simply means people act or perform differently when they are fully insulated from risk. An entry on the topic in Investopedia.com explained it like this: We encounter moral hazard every day – tenured professors becoming indifferent lecturers, people with theft insurance being less […]

A Story You Won’t Hear About From the Critics

Agriculture’s opponents love to paint the picture of federal crop insurance as a program that just caters to big, conventional farming operations that only grow certain commodities. But, that narrative is simply not true. Crop insurance is widely available to farmers, regardless of their size or cropping choices. And, now there is new data to […]

Farm Credit System Leaders Say ‘Keep Crop Insurance Whole’

In the midst of an economic downturn all across farm country, two leaders in the Farm Credit System (FCS) are speaking out about the importance of crop insurance for farmers during these times. In an interview with Agri-Pulse, new CEO and President of the Farm Credit Council, Todd Van Hoose said, “crop insurance is absolutely […]

Guaranteeing Peace of Mind, Not Profits

Critics of America’s farmers and the risk management tools they depend on would have you believe that U.S. farm policy somehow guarantees growers a plush profit. Amid current falling crop prices, shrinking farm incomes, and rising debt loads, we’re sure most farmers would welcome such a guarantee. Too bad it doesn’t exist. To make their […]

Diversity Makes Crop Insurance Special

Congress made crop insurance a cornerstone of U.S. farm policy for numerous reasons. It is efficiently delivered by the private sector. Farmers and insurers help fund the system so taxpayers aren’t on the hook for the entirety of disaster aid. Payments get into the hands of farmers after disaster strikes within days, not years, but […]

ICYMI: Farming needs strong policy and crop insurance

Lubbock Avalanche-Journal May 28, 2016 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 […]

In Contrast to the Critics, Crop Insurance Does Not Discriminate

Perennial critics of farm policy have taken aim at one of the key risk management tools for farmers – crop insurance – and are ramping up efforts to spread misinformation about the program. Specifically, they are trying to distort how the premium discount works to leave some farmers with fewer risk management options. Their claims […]

Political Pundit Takes to the Airwaves to Discuss Agriculture

This week was a first for John McHenry, the well-known political pollster for North Star Opinion Research, who is in high demand during election season. McHenry has worked with countless national campaigns and has appeared on Fox News, CNN, NBC Nightly News, BBC, NPR and many others to share research analysis and commentary. But he’s […]

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 […]