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PIA, Allies Protest Proposed Crop Insurance Cuts

PIA National has joined industry colleagues in sending a letter to the leaders of the House and Senate Budget committees, objecting to massive cuts to the federal crop insurance program included in the White House budget proposal...
February 11, 2015

PIA National has joined industry colleagues in sending a letter to the leaders of the House and Senate Budget committees, objecting to massive cuts to the federal crop insurance program included in the White House budget proposal.

"We strongly oppose the President's budget proposal to make crippling cuts to crop insurance," our letter states in part. "Attacking farmers' most important risk management tool only weakens the farm safety net in the bipartisan Farm Bill that Congress carefully crafted after years of deliberation and more than 40 hearings."

The White House proposal would reduce crop insurance premium subsidies by $16 billion over the next 10 years. Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) and Rep. Michael Conaway (R-Texas), blasted the proposed cuts. Roberts said Congress should "ignore" the president's proposal.