Local

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.

Recent Headlines

in National

Jobless claims signal firmer labor market

Job seekers adjust their paperwork as they wait in line to attend a job fair in New York February 28, 2013.

The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits unexpectedly fell last week, suggesting the labor market continued to strengthen.

in National

Accused Boston bomber appears in court

In this courtroom sketch, Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is depicted sitting in federal court in Boston Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, for a final hearing before his trial begins in January. Tsarnaev is charged with the April 2013 attack that killed three people and injured more than 260. He could face the death penalty if convicted.

The Boston Marathon bombing suspect told a judge that he was satisfied with his lawyers' preparations for the January start of his trial over the deadly 2013 attack.

in Agriculture

NFU Leader Applauds President For Cuba Action

IMG_0419

President Obama has announced a series of executive actions to ease financial restrictions on trade with Cuba. Under the order,…

in Local

Scholarship Program Announced

Dennis Daugaard

Workforce development continues to be a critical issue in South Dakota as employers struggle to find qualified workers to fill skilled positions.

in Local

Ag Property Taxes On Legislative Agenda

state capitol pierre

The South Dakota legislature will have to again deal with property taxes on ag land.