Proposed cuts to crop insurance could hit state

Proposed cuts to federal crop insurance totaling nearly $7 billion have the potential to reduce services and various safety measures for farms and wineries throughout the state, particularly in the North Bay, according to insurers and the Crop Insurance Professionals Association. As a means of paying for some of the USDA’s other projects, the Risk Management Agency arm of the federal agency has proposed the roughly 35 percent cuts to the private delivery system that ensures some level of protection for farms across the country.