Crop insurance is a critical program for maintaining our nation’s supply of food, fuel and fiber. It helps farmers and ranchers navigate the risks of farming and plant again after a disaster while providing them the necessary stability to continue investing in long-term conservation practices.
But with terms like “Actual Production History” or “Whole-Farm Revenue Protection,” it might sometimes feel like you need to be an insurance whiz to fully understand how this public-private partnership works.
That’s why National Crop Insurance Services (NCIS) put together CropInsurance101.org.
There, the public and policymakers can learn more about the history of crop insurance and how it works today to protect farmers and ranchers.
We’ve recently added a wealth of new content:
- Links to the entire “Crop Insurance Basics” series, which explores crop insurance concepts in an easy-to-understand way.
- Information on a peer-reviewed study in the Journal of Environmental Management which found that crop insurance is not a barrier to the adoption of conservation practices and plays a role in helping farmers maintain healthy soil.
- New glossary definitions, including important program elements like Good Farming Practices and Section 508(h) submissions.
- Farmer testimonials sharing how crop insurance is an indispensable part of their risk management toolkit.
Over the past year, farmers and ranchers have faced untold challenges, ranging from a global pandemic to devastating weather events. Looking forward, they’re building on decades of best farming practices to protect the soil, air and water that nurture their crops.
Rural America is resilient. But they can’t do it alone.
The strength of crop insurance has made it the cornerstone of the farm safety net. Last year a record nearly 400 million acres across America were protected by crop insurance.