Crop insurance cuts opposed by the American Soybean Association

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The ASA has announced its opposition of the reductions to the coverage and restructuring of food aid. The White House budget for 2014 has proposed that the crop insurance program be reduced and that food aid be restructured, but the American Soybean Association (ASA) has released its criticisms of those decisions. The organization represents the soybean farmers across the country and has openly opposed the proposals. The budget proposal for next year included a reduction of the federal crop insurance program by $7.4 billion. The ASA has fiercely criticized that…

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Crop insurance payouts may break double the previous record

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Some estimates have claimed that the payments will be greater than $25 billion. After crunching the numbers for this year’s crop insurance payments, it looks as though this coverage – which has been vital to farmers this year due to the widespread droughts and floods – it looks as though the payouts will be greater than $25 billion. This will be over twice the $10.8 billion record high that was set in 2011. This year, over 80 percent of the corn fields had crop insurance coverage. Clearly, this was significantly…

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Crop insurance in Midwest is increasingly strained

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The losses from these claims are continuing to grow in the Corn Belt. After a growing season that has already led to exceptionally high crop insurance losses as a result of droughts, the temperatures in the triple digits are now sending a new wave of claims through the Corn Belt, with record losses being predicted by experts in the industry. This problem has been made worse by the changes that decreased the premiums of some growers. It has been estimated that the crop insurance losses will reach almost $15 billion…

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Crop insurance helps farmers and insurers alike

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These policies, subsidized by the federal government, help protect against losses. When plants fail to grow or are damaged by poor or severe weather, or even when prices plummet, the government is footing the majority of the bill through a crop insurance program for farmers. This coverage helps both the growers and the insurers who write the policies. It functions by providing subsidies to the farmers and the insurers in the case that losses from crops should grow too large. These subsidies are partially paid for by taxpayer dollars. The…

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