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Letter Adopted by House Ag Committee Affirms Crop Insurance

The House Agriculture Committee adopted a letter February 26 which outlines the committee’s budget recommendations for the agencies and programs under its jurisdiction for fiscal year 2014...
February 27, 2013

The House Agriculture Committee adopted a letter February 26 which outlines the committee’s budget recommendations for the agencies and programs under its jurisdiction for fiscal year 2014. The letter will be submitted to House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan. In the letter, the Ag Committee reaffirms that “crop insurance, which is distinct from traditional farm policy, has become the cornerstone of risk management in agriculture for a great many producers (farmers).

“At numerous hearings, both in the field and in D.C., the Committee heard about the importance of the federal crop insurance program and how it must not be weakened, particularly since it has already experienced billions of dollars of cuts in recent years,” the letter states. “Last year’s drought exemplified exactly how important crop insurance is to producers and the rural economy. With almost half of the country experiencing severe to exceptional drought, there were no calls for ad hoc disaster assistance as there have been in the past, because of the protection crop insurance provides.” You can read the full letter here.

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