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The Importance of Crop InsuranceIn April 2017, a late season blizzard hit much of western Kansas, eastern Colorado, southwestern Nebraska, and the panhandles of Oklahoma and Texas. NAWG’s President David Schemm has a wheat farm in Western Kansas and was personally impacted. He as well as many of his neighbors experienced great crop lost. The video above is what David’s crops look like covered by a foot or more of snow.
This blizzard and the freezing temperatures come at the worst possible time for growers, given the low prices and the limited time now for deciding whether to try to plant a spring crop. However, for the producers who’ve purchased crop insurance (more than 90 percent of Kansas wheat acres are enrolled), that program will likely mean the difference between being able to farm next year or not. Crop insurance is intended for these sorts of disasters. Despite the importance of this program, it still is constantly under attack by groups like the Heritage Foundation and Members of Congress that share that limited government ideology.
Contact your Member of Congress and Senators today and tell them to protect crop insurance!
Totaling only one-quarter of 1 percent of the federal budget, this relatively small but wise investment is worth protecting for the benefit of farmers and consumers.
NAWG and U.S. Wheat Associates, the industry’s overseas market development organization, work together to fashion trade policy priorities for the industry.
Weekly UpdateWeek of: May 25
On May 23, 2017, the Trump Administration released its FY2018 Budget Request which makes significant cuts to several Farm Bill programs, including crop insurance, commodity programs, conservation programs, rural economic development, and SNAP. Overall cuts...
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