Environmental Working Group News

Private Crop Insurers Win As Taxpayers Lose in New Farm Program, Say Critics

U.S. farmers last week finalized their crop insurance plans for spring planting with critics of the government-subsidized program saying insurers are set up for a bonanza after passage of the new five-year farm bill last month. Farmers who sign up for crop insurance by March …

House Backs Limiting Crop Insurance Subsidies for Wealthiest Growers

Farm subsidy reformers praised a vote by the U.S. House of Representatives to make the wealthiest growers pay more for federally subsidized crop insurance, the first eligibility limit on a program that costs $9 billion a year. The non binding …

Environmental Group Slams Federal Crop Insurance ‘Windfall’ Option

An insurance provision in the U.S. farm bills proposed by the House and Senate could have corn, soybean, and wheat farmers making more money in a bad year, such as during a drought, than in a good year, an environmental …

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 …

Opponents Doubt Savings Promised By Farm Bill

A drop in the price of corn, rice and other crops may trigger so much additional aid to farmers under a bill being considered by the U.S. House that it would wipe out the bill’s projected savings in crop subsidies, …

Crop Insurance Subsidies Encourage Farmers to Buy Too Much Coverage: Economist

U.S. farmers have collected a record $17 billion in crop insurance payments on drought-hit 2012 crops but the system could have spent half as much and still saved growers from ruinous losses, an insurance specialist said on Wednesday as the …

Critics Call for More Cuts in Farm Bill, Crop Insurance

Congress should slash at least $100 billion in costs from the U.S. farm bill – three or four times more than cuts currently proposed – and resist calls for a hurry-up vote this week, a dozen anti-deficit and environmental groups …