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PIA to Senate: Don’t Cut Crop Insurance

Senate Agriculture Committee hearing on the 2012 farm bill, which would govern federal-agricultural policies, subsides and rules going forward
March 20, 2012

Senate Agriculture Committee hearing on the 2012 farm bill, which would govern federal-agricultural policies, subsides and rules going forward. The new farm bill would replace legislation enacted in 2008. The authorization for that legislation expires Sept. 30. The omnibus legislation serves to reauthorize a wide range of programs including crop insurance.

Speaking on behalf of crop groups including PIA, Bob Carden, a crop insurance agent from Winter Haven, Florida said that “today, you could fill football stadiums with people whose families have been saved because of crop insurance. Those around this table who have seen the devastation of flooding know the devastation that it has left behind.” Carden said crop insurance is about the farmer; “it’s not about agents, companies or anyone else, it’s about farmers.”

Carden said he had two messages to deliver to the lawmakers: “First is do no harm to crop insurance. Do not cut crop insurance but build on it. Second, do not let the government take over the delivery of crop insurance. While government can take years to pay a producer on a loss, under the private delivery of crop insurance, farmers are paid in a matter of a few weeks.”

See the Senate hearing video on the 2012 Farm Bill: Senate Agriculture Committee hearing (video 3/15/12)

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