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WASHINGTON — Will a $4 billion cut in the cost of crop insurance in 10 years be enough for Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to fight off pressures within the Obama administration to make other cuts in USDA programs?
MINNEAPOLIS — The federal government wants to save taxpayers billions of dollars by reducing spending on crop insurance after years of big profits by insurers, but the industry claims the reductions could hurt rural areas.
GARDNER, N.D. — Some are wondering “whether” this health care law will be sunny skies and good growing conditions, or whether it will be a flood of storm clouds and rain that will damage our future “crop.”
ALEXANDRIA, Minn. — As USDA’s Risk Management Agency struggles to renegotiate a new standard reinsurance agreement with private crop insurers, why isn’t Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack directing USDA-RMA officials and local county FSA employees to put a true government alternative on the table to address the runaway costs of federal crop insurance?
FARGO, N.D. — Livestock producers who lose animals because of weather should think ahead to keep inventory and death records for the Livestock Indemnity Program, says Aaron Krauter, state executive director for North Dakota Farm Service Agency.
ST. PAUL — The late harvest and extremely wet weather has resulted in several problems for farmers, including the appearance of mold on the ears in standing corn. Many farmers are asking what they need do to make sure they comply with all crop insurance procedures for any crop loss.
Gary Hachfeld, University of Minnesota Extension
November 07, 2009
ST. PAUL — With the probability of crop losses due to weather, farmers may be receiving crop insurance indemnity payments. Any crop insurance proceeds you receive need to be included as income on your tax return. You generally include that income in the year received.
C. Robert Holcomb and Gary A. Hachfeld, U of M Extension
September 19, 2009
BISMARCK (AP) — The National Crop Insurance Services group says a record $8.6 billion in crop insurance indemnity payments were made to U.S. farmers in 2008, and a lot of that money went to farmers in the Dakotas.
BISMARCK – North Dakota’s top agriculture official is asking the federal government to consider adding another wrinkle to a new insurance program that pays ranchers based on rainfall or the greenness of their pastures.
Blake Nicholson, Associated Press
June 21, 2009
Farmers and agriculture experts offered suggestions to improve the federal crop insurance program Wednesday at a House subcommittee hearing.
Although they said the program has weaknesses, witnesses at the Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management hearing agreed that federal crop insurance is the most important risk-management tool for farmers.
By Caitlyn Zachry, Scripps Howard Foundation Wire
April 23, 2009
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