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Crop Insurance Keeps Family Farms Alive

Jim Carroll, a fourth-generation farmer in Brinkley, Arkansas, is no stranger to the “bad times” that come with farming. Some years, it feels like he’s just trying to survive. That’s why Jim invests in crop insurance. “We use crop insurance for the fact that if something bad happens, we don’t want to lose our livelihood, […]

Heard from the Field: Michigan Farmers Share Insights with Senate

Last week, the Senate Agriculture Committee held its first field hearing in preparation for the 2023 Farm Bill. Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and Ranking Member John Boozman (R-Ark.) traveled to Sen. Stabenow’s home state of Michigan to hear from local farmers and other key stakeholders about the farm policies that are key to keeping their […]

Principles for an Effective Farm Safety Net

Crop insurance is the cornerstone of the farm safety net. But why is crop insurance such an effective tool for farmers to manage their risks and recover from crop losses? Modern crop insurance brings together the efficiencies of a private-sector delivery system with the regulatory oversight and financial support of the government. Following the farm crisis of […]

NCIS Scholarship Creates a Legacy of Giving Back

For more than a decade, National Crop Insurance Services (NCIS) has invested in fostering the next generation of America’s agricultural community through the NCIS 1890 Scholarship Program. As George Washington Carver once reminded us, “Since new developments are the products of a creative mind, we must therefore stimulate and encourage that type of mind in […]

Risk Management Discussion Shines Spotlight on Crop Insurance

“I can honestly say I would not be sitting here if it was not for crop insurance,” wheat grower Nicole Berg recently told an audience in Washington, DC. Last year, Berg turned to crop insurance when she was only able to harvest a third of her farm due to drought and arid conditions. Crop insurance […]

President’s Budget Recognizes Crop Insurance is Key to Farm Safety Net

The President this week released his proposed Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 budget that fully funds the federal crop insurance program in recognition of the indispensable role that crop insurance plays in the farm safety net. The release of the FY 2023 Budget follows a letter sent to OMB and the Secretary of Agriculture by 55 farming, […]

Thank You, Farmers and Ranchers!

There is no greeting card or time-honored holiday tradition for National Agriculture Day, but it’s arguably one of the most important days of the year. That’s because it’s a day to celebrate America’s farmers and ranchers and recognize their incredible contributions. After all, without farmers, we wouldn’t have food on our tables, clothes in our […]

What Farmers Are Telling Congress About Crop Insurance

Yesterday, the House Agriculture Committee invited various commodity groups to testify before the committee on Title I programs in the Farm Bill. This hearing kicked off the committee’s examination of the Farm Bill programs that help provide stability to America’s farmers, ranchers, and rural communities as they do the hard work of feeding, fueling, and […]

For America’s Farmers, Crop Insurance is First Line of Defense Against Climate Change

As farmers face increasing challenges due to climate change, the safety net provided by crop insurance is their first line of defense. This was one of the messages delivered last week at a panel discussion on mitigating the risks of climate change during the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) 2022 Agricultural Outlook Forum. National Crop […]

Vilsack: USDA ‘Laser Focused’ on Crop Insurance Access

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is committed to affordable and flexible crop insurance for the nation’s farmers, ranchers, and producers, according to Secretary Tom Vilsack. He made his pre-recorded remarks on the second day of the crop insurance industry’s annual convention in California. “Your work is critical to helping America’s farmers, ranchers, and producers […]