Farm Policy News

Current Government Subsidized Crop Insurance Program Works Against Beginning, Small and Mid-sized Farms

Crop Insurance and the need for reform is a topic we have grappled with for roughly the last decade. That was when we started hearing from farmers across the Great Plains and Midwest about the negative impacts of federally subsidized crop insurance.

Federal Budget a Mixed Bag for Rural Priorities

The discussion on federal spending begins each year with release of the president’s budget. This year, there is both good and bad news for small towns and rural communities.

Let’s start with the bad news, because it’s on the important topic of conservation. The president proposes to cut conservation program spending by $859 million. Over half of that would come from cutting three million acres, or $486 million, from the Conservation Stewardship Program.

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