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Michigan Crop Insurance Adjusters, Agents Play Key Role in Food Supply/in Michigan, NEWS /by Elizabeth Fusick
Larry Westerhoven knows apples. As a crop insurance adjuster in Michigan, it’s his job to say what a crop is worth after hail or frost. “If a guy has problems with his crop, I go out and appraise it,” he said. “I put a value on that crop. Most of these guys around here raise apples […]
Celebrating America’s Farmers & the Policies that Protect Them/in NEWS /by Elizabeth Fusick
Brett Anderson walked the rows on his Michigan farm and inspected a strong crop of apples. He grabbed one and looked closer at a small indentation with an eye informed by 100 years of family experience. The little indentation probably won’t mean much by harvest. Brett has seen hailstorms that beat and bruised his apples to […]
“The Most Successful Thing We’ve Done in Agriculture”/in NEWS /by Elizabeth Fusick
Former Minnesota congressman Collin Peterson knows farm policy. As Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, Peterson played a key role in several Farm Bills. Peterson recently spoke at an Agri-Pulse event about the critical role crop insurance plays in the farm safety net. “The most successful thing we’ve done in agriculture, and clearly during my […]
Crop Insurance Basics: Specialty Crops/in NEWS /by Elizabeth Fusick
When you think of farming, you might first think of fields of corn sprawled across the Midwest. But America’s farmers grow many different types of fruits and vegetables, requiring a crop insurance program that is as diverse as the crops it protects. Crop insurance is a customizable tool that allows America’s farmers and ranchers to […]
Farmers Praise Crop Insurance at Field Hearings/in NEWS /by Elizabeth Fusick
The House Agriculture Committee recently handed farmers in Minnesota and Ohio the microphone to ask them what rural America would like to see in the next Farm Bill. A common refrain? Protect crop insurance. We’ve compiled several highlights from these field hearings – check them out below. Growers in both states stated that a strong […]
Crop Insurance Keeps Farmers Fighting/in NEWS, South Carolina /by Elizabeth Fusick
Weather is one of a farmers’ top concerns. Just enough sun and rain will power a plant, resulting in a good yield. But too much sun and not enough rain, or too much rain and not enough sun, and a farmer might soon be counting his losses. The challenges presented by weather volatility was something […]
American Farmers Feed the World/in NEWS, North Carolina /by Elizabeth Fusick
“If you really want to get in the weeds or, in a lot of cases, in the dirt with crop insurance, you need to go out to the field.” National Crop Insurance Services recently did just that, traveling to North Carolina to capture the real stories of both the farmers who rely on crop insurance […]
A Farm Disaster – Now What?/in Arkansas, NEWS /by Elizabeth Fusick
The unthinkable has happened and torrential rain has prevented a farmer from planting, or an unexpected hailstorm has destroyed a growing crop. Now what? Unlike other farm aid programs, crop insurance provides assistance as determined by an individual farmer’s actual loss, not by the severity of the overall disaster event. So, following a disaster, private-sector […]
People Behind the Policies: Crop Insurance Agents Keep America Growing/in Arkansas, NEWS /by Elizabeth Fusick
We’ve been sharing the stories of the farmers who rely on crop insurance, but there’s another part of the equation that helps make crop insurance a success: private-sector agents. Before planting a crop, farmers work with private-sector crop insurance agents to tailor a customized risk management plan that fits their unique needs. This individualized approach is […]
Farmers, Congress Agree: Crop Insurance Works/in NEWS /by Elizabeth Fusick
Members of the House Agriculture Committee gathered yesterday to hear from farmers, crop insurance agents, and industry representatives about the key role that crop insurance plays in the farm safety net. Crop insurance is built on a unique public-private partnership between the federal government and the private sector, making the program efficient, affordable, and adaptable […]