American Farm Bureau Federation News

Crop Insurance Now Farmers’ Main Safety Net

U.S. farmers and bankers have almost a year to get ready for major changes in 2015 as crop insurance rather than direct cash payments to producers becomes the centerpiece of farm policy under the five-year farm bill signed by President …

Farmers Told to Expect Crop Insurance Program to Expand

The federal crop insurance program is expected to expand in 2014, a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) official told farmers at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s annual convention. Tim Hoffmann, director of product administration and standards for the Risk Management …

Crop Insurance, High Crop Prices Leading to Eco-Catastrophe: Environmental Group

Sustained high prices for corn, soybeans and wheat combined with record U.S. crop-insurance payouts are encouraging farmers to plow fragile lands and put ecosystems at risk, an environmental advocacy group said. Northern Plains counties have seen the highest conversion of …

Farmers Brace for Crop Insurance Cuts

U.S. farm groups are looking for a formula to lower crop subsidy spending dramatically and end regional infighting ahead of new congressional demands for cuts in a farm bill now costing $10 billion more than planned. Chairman Paul Ryan of …

Obama Administration Urges Congress to Pass Farm, Crop Insurance Bill

Congress should reform U.S. farm subsidies, and end a $5 billion a year “direct payment,” as part of delivering an overdue overhaul of the farm program this year, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said on Monday. In a speech to the …

Post-Election Congress Expected to Target Crop Insurance

Federally subsidized crop insurance will be a big target for lawmakers looking to cut the budget deficit in the lame-duck session of Congress opening next week, agricultural policy experts agreed the morning after a status-quo general election. But lawmakers will …