Cutting the crop insurance subsidies is proving to be challenging

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It is now expected that part of the reductions in subsidized coverage for growers will be repealed. Back in April, Republicans in Congress formed a new agreement in order to move ahead on a plan that was designed to create a savings of $5 trillion over the next ten years, and reductions in crop insurance subsidies were a part of this effort to balance the budget at the end of that time. However, as time has passed and the practical side of these insurance subsidy decreases plays out, it may…

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Crop insurance subsidy limits applauded by reformers

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Those in favor or restrictions of this nature gave their praise to a U.S. House of Representatives vote. Reformers for the crop insurance subsidy gave their approval to a vote that was held by the U.S. House of Representatives that would require the wealthier growers to have to pay more in order to take part in the federally subsidized program. This is also the first time that an eligibility limit has been placed on this highly expensive program. The federal crop insurance program is already costing the country $9 billion…

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Crop insurance in Kansas farm bill pleases farmers

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Though growers are pleased that the program continues to exist, they are wary of cuts to direct subsidies. Farmers in Kansas are thrilled that their crop insurance program has been maintained as a part of a scaled down farm bill that has been passed by the U.S. House, but they are still leery as it doesn’t look as though the opportunity that it will provide will be quite as lucrative as what it used to be. They are still watching to see which elements of it will make it into…

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Crop insurance push made for conservation requirements

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Rep. Mike Thompson wants the subsidized coverage to require compliance for eligibility. Among the differences between the current federally subsidized crop insurance program and the older systems of farmer subsidies is that it has detached itself from having to comply with conservation in order to be eligible. Older programs all required that farmers preserve wetlands, soils, wildlife habitat, etc, in exchange for the assistance. However, since 1996, farmers no longer had to meet the conservation minimum USDA requirement in order to be able to receive crop insurance subsidies, even at…

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Crop insurance subsidy could come to an end for tobacco farmers

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Growers of these plants in Kentucky are strongly opposed to this new proposal to end their programs. An amendment to the 2013 Farm Bill was proposed, this week, by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-California) and Senator John McCain (R-Arizona), which would eliminate eight of the USDA tobacco crop insurance programs. This has caused concern to the Council for Burley Tobacco, which has asked farmers to contact their Senators. The council notified tobacco farmers of the changes that have been proposed for the crop insurance program and have requested that they contact…

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Crop insurance study shows coverage saved thousands of jobs

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It is believed that employment was maintained for 17,000 people in Iowa and Nebraska due to the protection. The results of a recent study have shown that the payouts from farms that had federally subsidized crop insurance generated an economic impact of an estimated $2.2 billion across a region of four states, and that it saved 17,000 jobs in Iowa and Nebraska, alone. The researchers who conducted the study were seeking to define the impact of the coverage on the state economies. The purpose of the research was to find…

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Crop insurance program changes are supported by some farmers

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Some growers in Kansas are giving the nod to a bill that would decrease newly converted land subsidies. Although it would be natural to expect that farmers would be entirely against legislation that would place a tougher limit on crop insurance subsidies, there are some that are expressing their belief that the move is indeed designed to protect their interests over the long term. The changes to the subsidies would mean a reduction for grasslands that had not previously been agriculture space. These changes have to do with the Protect…

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Crop insurance placed back in the spotlight following election

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Attention for farm bill has become an important target for lawmakers. Now that the election is behind us, crop insurance federal subsidies will return to the spotlight as a major target for lawmakers who are seeking to slash the budget deficit in Congress’s first week of the lame duck session. Experts in agricultural policy feel that this is a typical week following a general election. Many doubt, however, that lawmakers will be able to make their way through the deadlock they have been facing regarding the enacting of a $500…

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Over $1 million in crop insurance premiums paid to U.S. farms in 2011

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Environmental Working Group now requesting reduction in growers’ subsidies from Congress. The Environmental Working Group (EWG), an organization based in Washington, has performed an analysis that has shown that just over 24 U.S. farm operations received more than $1 million in crop insurance premiums payments – each – in 2011, and it has now made a call to Congress to decrease those growers’ subsidies. Policyholders numbering over 100,000 received at least $100,000 each in insurance premium subsidies. The EWG explained in a statement that its calculations were based on records…

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