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Rural Affairs Group Wants Better Crop Insurance For All Producers

Rural Affairs Group Wants Better Crop Insurance For All Producers

The Center for Rural Affairs is joining a group of a dozen Senators who want farm bill conferees to make crop insurance more accessible for a wider range of producers.  Center’s Traci Bruckner says there needs to be a level playing field so all producers, conventional, specialty, organic and beginning farmers get good crop insurance. She says both the Senate and the House farm bills have help in them for diversified operators.

Bruckner says the Senate farm bill contains crop insurance help for organic producers that pays them on organic rates rather than the lower non organic rates. She says beginning farmers are disadvantaged from conventional growers as far as crop insurance goes.

Bruckner is hoping Senate Ag Chair Debbie Stabenow will support these crop insurance changes. She says Stabenow comes from Michigan which has a lot of specialty producers.

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