HEADLINES & MEDIA
Crop insurance is a partnership between the farmer, the government and the insurance company. The farmer pays some, the government pays some, for these benefits for the entire economy and the entire country.
Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, in Farmweeknow.com, September 16, 2013
Without crop insurance, these farmers would have no way to recover from these devastating conditions unless the government would step in to provide immediate, unplanned, and unbudgeted disaster assistance. With crop insurance, farmers are able to plan for disasters by paying for coverage. This coverage doesn't make them whole, but rather helps them survive.
House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas, R-Oklahoma - National Journal, September 19, 2013
Crop insurance “has come under unfair criticism. Those who report on it don’t understand it and its importance to the food supply.” He said it’s expensive to put a crop in the ground, and that a farmer could easily have half a million dollars at risk when “Mother Nature says you’re not going to have rain for the next 90 days.” A farmer who gets a crop insurance policy doesn’t get paid for 100 percent of his loss, he noted. The general public doesn’t approve of direct payments that crop farmers get whether prices are high or low, he said, but “I think we can make a strong case for crop insurance … and some program to supplement it.
Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack - The Hagstrom Report, September 10, 2013
The crop insurance program is very important to us and I don’t think there’s any better example of that than last year’s drought. On our farm in northwest Missouri we raised about half of what we anticipate raising.
Blake Hurst, President of the Missouri Farm Bureau, CBS News, St. Louis, July 2, 2013
We’ve paid about $17 billion in indemnities. I think that shows this program worked and it worked as it was intended. We got the money out to the producers and it’s going to help an awful lot of people stay in business that, had we not had a really good crop insurance, may not have been farming this year.
USDA Acting Deputy Secretary Michael Scuse, in the Omaha World Herald, June 6, 2013
After two years without rain, Kansas producers are dealing with a severe drought. It is critical that risk management tools like crop insurance are in place to make certain the United States remains the most food-secure country in the world. Crop insurance is an example of a public-private partnership that uses taxpayers’ dollars wisely and benefits farmers and consumers alike.
Kansas Senator Jerry Moran, Topeka Capital-Journal, March 26, 2013