Congressional agriculture committee leaders recently returned fire at the Environmental Working Group for being too critical of prevented-planting crop insurance use, especially in the Prairie Pothole country that includes North Dakota, South Dakota and parts of Minnesota.
WASHINGTON — As the Senate makes plans to take up the farm bill, the Environmental Working Group last week released a study of crop insurance that shows some farms get big premium subsidies including those in North Dakota and Minnesota and urged Congress to consider releasing the names of crop insurance beneficiaries and putting limits on the subsidies.
WASHINGTON — Congress should attach conservation compliance requirements to subsidized crop insurance in the next farm bill but should only use the lowering of the farmer premium subsidy as a penalty for those who do not comply rather than making farmers ineligible for coverage, Environmental Working Group officials said March 15.
March 26, 2012
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