State-by-state crop insurance info available on new NCIS website | Trump "wants to deliver" on farm bill, says staffer | Crop insurance for beginning farmers tops N.D. roundtable agenda
June 18, 2018
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State-by-state crop insurance info available on new NCIS website
The Crop Insurance in My State website from National Crop Insurance Services provides state-by-state crop insurance policy information, fact sheets that can be downloaded and farmer testimonials. "This site really shows, on a state-by-state basis, the success of crop insurance and why it's agriculture's most important risk management tool," said NCIS President Tom Zacharias.
The Bismarck Tribune (N.D.) (6/17),  Wisconsin Ag Connection (6/14) 
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Legislation and Policy
2018 farm bill passes Senate Ag committee 20-1
The 2018 farm bill is on track to be heard by the full Senate after passing the Senate Agriculture Committee on a 20-1 vote last week. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said the bill's preservation of crop insurance is among the ways it "can deliver much-needed certainty for farmers."
Agri-Pulse (tiered subscription model) (6/13),  Politico (6/14),  AGDAILY (6/13),  KFVS-TV (Cape Girardeau, Mo.) (6/13) 
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Trump "wants to deliver" on farm bill, says staffer
Marc Short, legislative affairs assistant to President Donald Trump, said the president "wants to deliver on that [farm bill] for farmers across America." House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway, R-Texas, said Trump encouraged him to "make it [crop insurance] better, make it great" during a May meeting that also involved Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan.
AgWeb (6/11) 
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Crop insurance for beginning farmers tops N.D. roundtable agenda
Better risk management support for beginning farmers through crop insurance is one topic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., discussed at a roundtable in the state on Friday. Heitkamp, who said the 2018 farm bill is likely to pass the Senate in July, mentioned the value of bipartisan support to farmers nationwide.
Grand Forks Herald (N.D.) (6/15) 
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Crop insurance among Mont. farmers' farm bill priorities
The version of the 2018 farm bill passed by the Senate Agriculture Committee last week satisfies Montana farmers, in part because of its focus on a strong crop insurance program. "It works for Montana because it protects crop insurance, strengthens the safety net, encourages conservation and meets the needs of family farmers and ranchers," said Sen. Jon Tester, a Democrat.
Independent Record (Helena, Mont.) (6/17) 
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Ag groups praise focus on crop insurance in 2018 farm bill
The National Association of Wheat Growers, the National Sustainable Agriculture Commission and the Independent Community Bankers of America are among the groups commending the Senate Agriculture Committee for passing a 2018 farm bill with strong crop insurance provisions. American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall said farmers are depending on passage of the bill and its signature by President Donald Trump at a time marked by rising interest rates and low commodity prices.
High Plains Journal (Dodge City, Kan.) (6/14) 
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Weather and the Economic Climate
Drought threatens corn production in parts of Texas
The drought conditions in McLennan County, Texas, that are also being experienced elsewhere in much of the state may limit corn production to less than 25% of average, said farmer Jimmy Westerfeld. "[I]f not for crop insurance, there could be a lot of broke farmers," he said.
Waco Tribune-Herald (Texas) (tiered subscription model) (6/18) 
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Why wheat is taking a back seat to corn, soybeans in S.D.
The anticipated South Dakota winter wheat harvest of 39.4 million bushels is projected to be almost double the drought-affected yield from last year, but still lower than average, allowing corn and soybeans to become more dominant in the area. Recent high winds may have damaged corn fields and forced replanting of young soybeans in two South Dakota counties, according to a crop insurance agent.
Capital Journal (Pierre, S.D.) (6/12) 
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Trends and Tips
Cotton farmers planting sorghum must consider crop insurance options
South Plains farmers choosing to plant sorghum as a secondary crop after weather interfered with cotton plans have a roughly three-week window, says John Duff of National Sorghum Producers. Farmers will have two crop insurance options if they plant sorghum after a failed cotton crop, says Chris Cogburn of National Sorghum Producers.
Southwest Farm Press (6/15) 
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Pa. farmer's success plan combines leadership, technology
No-till practices, a crop rotation plan utilizing data from GPS technology and careful financial planning are among the reasons behind the success of Master Farmer Bob Shearer of Twin Lane Farm in Pennsylvania. Shearer has served on the Pennsylvania Corn Growers Association board and has been a farmer spokesperson on the topic of crop insurance for the USDA Risk Management Agency.
American Agriculturist (6/13) 
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It is very misleading to consider federal crop insurance a handout when its purpose is to provide a risk management tool when unforeseeable conditions arise.
Ben Adams,
farmer and former president of the Washington Association of Wheat Growers
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