Natural Resource Defense Counsel officials are proposing a change in the federal crop insurance program that encourages producers to improve soil health and conservation. NRDC Ag water policy analyst and attorney Claire O’Connor says they intend to take this pilot program to the Risk Management Agency. She says it will help farmers reduce their input costs, improve their yields and make them more resilient for dealing with drought.
O’Connor says in the long run this pilot program will also reduce large crop insurance payouts during times of extreme weather.
She says more details of their pilot project is contained in their Soil Matters report which is available on their website.