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Federal Crop Insurance Program draws bipartisan criticism

Nov 17, 2023
Some farmers say their business models depend on the crop insurance and getting rid of the program would drive up food prices.
Mark, left, and Denny Wilson are co-owners of Wilson-Legacy Farms in Delaware. They say crop insurance is an important part of managing and stabilizing farm costs.
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Farmers eyeing trade tariff threats as crop insurance trims considered by House committee

Apr 18, 2018
The House Agriculture Committee considers the Farm Bill today. The bill includes funding for crop insurance, the federal program that protects farmers from swings in crop yields, and prices. If insurance is cut back, that could be a problem should China makes good on its latest tariff threats.  Click the audio player above to hear […]

The meaning behind means testing for crop insurance

Jun 11, 2013
Tucked into the farm bill is language that would add means testing to the federally subsidized crop insurance program.

Crop failed? There's insurance for that

Aug 3, 2012
Even in severe drought, farmers who grow commodity crops such as corn and soybeans are significantly protected by insurance they buy from private insurers. The ultimate insurer in a disastrous year? Taxpayers.