Promises vs. Performance: A Report Card Evaluating Federal Crop Insurance

This policy brief examines the performance of federal crop insurance programs against benchmarks promised by Congressional proponents of making federal crop insurance the nation’s flagship farm safety net program. The intent is to provide an evaluation, or report card.

Each performance category received a grade, as did the program overall. Categories include reliability, transparency, support for beginning farmers, encouraging crop diversity, saving taxpayer money, and overall performance.