American Farm Bureau Federation News

Farmers to Feel Heat from Manufacturers Over Food Safety

With food recalls on the rise and the threat to food security growing, food manufacturers are going to want to know more details about farmers’ and ranchers’ food safety and security practices, an agribusiness insurance expert told attendees at the …

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 …