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

 

Fact sheet: 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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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.

Farm bill for rural America

The farm bill debate is underway. The Center’s farm bill priorities, released in November 2017, continue our work of addressing the real needs of rural communities: supporting family farms, preserving natural resources for our children and grandchildren, creating opportunity for the next generation of beginning farmers, and fostering rural economic opportunity.

Farm bill fails to pass House; rural America wins, for now

Today, the House of Representatives failed to pass H.R. 2, its draft of the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, commonly known as the farm bill. Representatives voted 198 in favor and 213 against.

This is a win for rural America, as the bill’s proposals were a giant step in the wrong direction.

The draft included eliminating the Conservation Stewardship Program and cut funds for working lands conservation by nearly $5 billion over 10 years.