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PIA Agents Decry Attack by Federal Employees Union

A federal employees union wants to expel private sector crop insurance agents – and possibly insurance companies – from a large swath of the federal crop insurance program, in an apparent attempt to protect union members from budget cut
February 22, 2012

A federal employees union wants to expel private sector crop insurance agents – and possibly insurance companies – from a large swath of the federal crop insurance program, in an apparent attempt to protect union members from budget cuts.

The National Association of Farm Service Agency (FSA) County Office Employees (NASCOE) is actively lobbying Congress, urging that the private sector insurance agents who sell and service crop insurance policies be replaced by federal government employees who work for the FSA. A study paid for by the union also looks at federal government employees performing functions currently handled by private insurance companies.

“What we have here is a union representing federal workers saying that the federal government is more effective and efficient than the private sector. That’s absurd,” said PIA National Executive Vice President & CEO Leonard C. Brevik. “These government employees have declared war on the private sector. They are proposing that private sector crop insurance agents who are key to the success of the crop insurance program be thrown under the bus and replaced with federal bureaucrats.”

“When America’s farmers need crop insurance, the turn to their PIA agents,” Brevik added. “On crop insurance, PIA agents have a clear message: Don’t mess with success.”

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