It was late summer when we visited Sumner Country, Kansas, where Phil White farms with his father and brother. All three farmers understand that once they put their crop in the ground, it’s out of their hands – but they also know they can rely on Federal crop insurance to get them through unplanned events or disasters.
“Crop insurance is an important safety net and an important part of our risk management toolbox because it lets us know the minimum amount of revenue we’re going to have coming to our operation in any particular year,” said Phil.
Importantly, crop insurance doesn’t just benefit Phil and his family farm. It also benefits the small communities he supports, as well as the nation as a whole.
“Having a plentiful and affordable food supply as a nation is vital to our national security,” said Phil. “[It keeps] people on our farms working [and keeps] our small communities afloat. It’s just vital.”
Over in Syracuse, Kansas, crop insurance also protects farmer Keith Brown, who grows winter wheat and sorghum on his farm. Like Phil, Keith is no stranger to the perils of farming, some years even ending up with zero crops to harvest because of severe weather. For him, crop insurance is a real game changer.
“[Crop insurance] is life changing,” said Keith. “The fact that you don’t have to worry if you’re going to be here next year. You can go to bed at night and know if you don’t have a crop, you’re still going to be here.”
Without farmers and the crop insurance policies that ensure farmers have the protection they need to grow crops year after year, communities throughout America – and the world – wouldn’t have the safe, secure, and dependable food supply they rely on to feed their families.
Craig Gigstad, a farmer in Jefferson County, Kansas who grows corn and soybeans, explains that farming isn’t just about growing the crops. It also involves navigating the challenges of agriculture and making the best choices for the land and the people who depend on him.
“The world needs our grain,” said Craig. “We’re trying to do the best job on the farm to be sustainable [and] to give our future generations opportunities to stay on the farm and produce food to feed the world.”
Bottom line: Farmers need crop insurance to feel secure in their operations. And we need farmers to feel secure in the food we eat.