Severe weather emphasizes need for strong crop insurance program

It was a bit ironic that farmers from Plainview and the surrounding area saw storm clouds in their rearview mirrors as they drove to Lubbock for Monday’s House Ag Committee Field Hearing. Much of the concern expressed by those who gave testimony as the committee begins its work on the 2012 Farm Bill revolved around disaster relief and crop insurance. As if setting the stage for the discussion, a severe storm blew across the area, bringing high winds, hail and heavy rain. Area experts said it still is too early to know how much damage was caused by the storm, but there is no arguing that damage probably is out there.