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Crop Insurance Is Key to Steady Food Production

In a guest commentary in the Denver Post, farmer Cathy Scherler says that "the enactment of the 2014 Farm Bill made crop insurance the centerpiece of the farm safety net and for good reason..."
April 27, 2015

In a guest commentary in the Denver Post, farmer Cathy Scherler says that "the enactment of the 2014 Farm Bill made crop insurance the centerpiece of the farm safety net and for good reason. It is an effective risk management tool for not only farmers, but also taxpayers." Scherler, president of the Colorado chapter of Women in Farming Enterprises (WIFE), noted that there has been talk about trying to make changes to crop insurance again — just one year after the Farm Bill was enacted.

"There have been discussions about cutting the premium support farmers receive for purchasing crop insurance," she said. "This does a disservice to everyone. If such proposals succeed, it would only serve to increase the costs to farmers and undermine their ability to manage risk."

What It Means to Agents: Regrettably, the president's budget for fiscal year 2016 has again called for cuts to the crop insurance program. PIA will continue to work with our allies to insist the Farm Bill be allowed to be implemented and that no cuts be made to the program.

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