Environmental Group Wants Changes to Crop Insurance Program

The Natural Resources Defense Council recently released a report that calls for changing the Federal Crop Insurance Program. The Council is particularly interested in finding ways to incentivize practices that reduce risk and lower the cost of taxpayer-subsidized payouts. As a first step, the report said the crop insurance program should include good stewardship or […]

Producers Interested In ARC, PLC Must Sign Up This Week

Tuesday, March 15th is an important deadline for producers when it comes to managing their risk. “We encourage them to make their elections and enrollments for our Ag Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage programs for the 2022 crop year, otherwise known as ARC and PLC,” said FSA Administrator Zach Ducheneaux. “ARC and PLC provide […]

ARC/PLC Signup Deadline is March 15

Farmers who haven’t signed up for the Agriculture Risk Coverage or Price Loss Coverage programs for 2022 have until March 15th to sign their contracts. The two safety-net programs provide income support for farmers who experience significant drops in crop prices or revenues. “The ARC and PLC programs give important financial protections to many American […]

Economist Sees Good Things Ahead for Farm Economy

A Wells Fargo economist predicted a rosy future ahead for American commodities during the next several years. Michael Swanson said the only thing that could seriously derail that prediction is the weather. The Hagstrom Report said Swanson spoke at the Crop Insurance and Reinsurance Bureau’s annual meeting. He said, “Life is good now, and the […]

Thompson: Crop Insurance Remains A Priority For 2023 Farm Bill

Lawmakers continue to prepare to craft the 2023 Farm Bill. Pennsylvania Congressman Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson, Ranking Member of the House Ag Committee, said during listening sessions he’s conducted nationwide, the importance of crop insurance remains top of mind for farmers and ag groups. He noted that crop insurance is often one of the items that […]

Center for Rural Affairs Applauds Recent Crop Insurance Improvements

The Center for Rural Affairs is applauding expansion to federal crop insurance recently announced by RMA. According to the organization, the changes signal encouraging opportunities for farmers practicing conservation on their operations. This month, RMA announced it will be offering the Pandemic Cover Crop Program for a second year. The program offers a $5 per […]

USDA Extends Crop Insurance Deadlines

Thanks to COVID, the farm industry had tried to become more flexible. That’s certainly been true in the world of crop insurance where deadlines and getting signatures rule the day. During the course of the pandemic, the USDA has granted several flexibilities along those lines for crop insurance operations. Things like extending certain reporting deadlines, […]

Changes Could Be Coming For Apple Producers

The USDA is in the final stages of making changes to crop insurance rules for apple growers. Apple growers, are nearing the end of what has been a four-year USDA reevaluation of your crop insurance program and USDA has just put out its final proposed changes in the program for apples. The RMA’s Marcia Bunger […]

DMC Enrolment Now Open

Dairy farmers can now sign up for the 2022 Dairy Margin Coverage program. This is for dairy farmers who are not already locked into coverage through the program through the lifespan of the current farm bill, which is two more years. NMPF spokesperson Chris Galen said about 50% of dairy farmers are committed to the […]