Crop Insurance

If you are a farmer, or you live in rural America, you've likely heard about or used government subsidized crop insurance. If you're not familiar with the issue, we'll get you up to speed in a hurry.

Crop insurance and the need for reform came to our attention over 10 years ago. Farmers across the Great Plains and Midwest began to report that federally subsidized crop insurance was putting them at a disadvantage. Meanwhile, programs that help strengthen opportunities for small and mid-sized family farms and ranches have witnessed funding cuts.

We believe crop insurance is an important tool to help farmers mitigate risk. But it can be much better! You can help to make sure it also serves beginning, small, and mid-size farms.

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Crop Insurance Notes


Guide To Cover Crop Cost-Share in Iowa

Cover crops are important for building soil health and protecting Iowa’s watersheds. The average cost is $37 per acre to implement cover crops. To assist farmers and landowners interested in implementing cover crops, there are many state and federal programs available that not only provide technical assistance, they also provide financial assistance for implementation.

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Crop insurance: Taking a Look at Access in Iowa and Nebraska

Family farms are the backbone of rural communities in the Midwest. Farms rely on sound risk management options and practices, and federal crop insurance is a central tool for many farms to manage risk. However, crop insurance is not available to all farms and ranches. While there is a wide diversity of crops and livestock produced in the United States, the top four covered by crop insurance are corn, wheat, soybeans, and cotton. In 2019, of the $109.6 billion of liability insured across all federal crop insurance policies, these four crops represented $80.8 billion of that total.

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Questions to ask crop insurance agents during derecho cleanup

The derecho that stormed through central and eastern Iowa on Monday, Aug. 10, left many farmers reeling. Damage spans crop destruction, equipment and building damage, and prolonged power outages.

Most farmers who saw their corn and soybean fields snapped, flattened, defoliated, or otherwise harmed are looking at their options under federal crop insurance. The below advice is for farmers to consider.

Local foods producers invited to share feedback on crop insurance

Andrea Hartman contributed to this blog

For farmers and ranchers who sell to local markets, crop insurance options are limited. This leads many operations to forego crop insurance as a risk management strategy, or to only insure a portion of their crops.

If you are a local foods producer who would like to offer feedback or ideas about your crop insurance options, consider attending an upcoming virtual listening session.

Sign-up deadline approaches to insure diverse crops

Farmers face risk from a variety of sources—weather, disease, markets, financial systems.

While crop insurance offers a valuable option for many farmers to manage some of that risk, some crops, such as many organic, small grain, fruit, and vegetable crops, as well as livestock, can’t be covered by traditional crop insurance in most Midwest counties.