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Storm’s aftermath offers lessons on crop insurance

Storm’s aftermath offers lessons on crop insurance

By Mike Barnett

Total devastation visited Fleming Grain and Cattle Company Thursday evening. The storms that rolled through Texas that day damaged and destroyed thousands of acres of corn and wheat on several farms in Bell and Falls counties and other parts of the state as well.

The year started with promise for farmers like Robert Fleming. His crops looked good. It was a bit dry, however, and he was optimistic for the moisture Thursday’s cold front would bring. He didn’t bargain for the pea-sized hail driven by straight-line winds that peppered the crops like a mini-machine gun.

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Farm bill, crop insurance too important for political games

Farm bill, crop insurance too important for political games

By Gene Hall

A lot of the public and more than a few politicians don’t pay too much attention to the farm bill, crop insurance or agricultural policy.

Once in a while, though, you get a “teachable moment.” That moment is the drought that currently grips the Midwest, threatening grain crops like the epic drought of last year devastated livestock and other crops in Texas and the Southwest.

The extremes of both political parties dislike what is often called the farm bill. There are very few legislative packages in the history of the republic that have worked as well, but it still pulls in some hate.

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Environmental Working Group sings out of tune on crop insurance

Environmental Working Group sings out of tune on crop insurance

By Mike Barnett

Butt out of the crop insurance debate, Environmental Working Group (EWG). Your most recent study of recipients of crop insurance is the same song, second verse of misleading and flawed analysis.

You did the same thing in the past with your controversial database of direct and counter-cyclical payments. Your interpretation of the numbers didn’t pass the smell test then. You worked the numbers portraying cooperative payments as payments to individuals. Are you doing the same thing now?

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Farming is a little like skydiving

Farming is a little like skydiving

By Nathan Smith, Field Editor

Last week I saw miles and miles of Texas. I traveled to West Texas to visit with cotton farmers about the crop that’s going in the ground as we speak.

They are pouring seed into planter boxes and rolling across the freshly prepared ground. They plant with an optimism that seems to renew each season, no matter how bad the last year hurt.

On Interstate 27, I saw a sign advertising skydiving. It got me thinking about the huge risk farmers take on faith – every year.

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What is it about the Farm Bill that is so darned difficult?

What is it about the Farm Bill that is so darned difficult?

By Kenneth Dierschke

Everyone in agriculture knew there would be substantial cuts in the new Farm Bill. Most agricultural organizations had signaled that a “proportional cut” would be acceptable. We’ve realized that preserving the most essential element of the legislation—crop insurance—would be a realistic goal.

 Toward that end, the House Agriculture Committee had been working with what farmers believe is a realistic number–$23 billion in cuts to the commodity title of the farm program. Recently, the House Budget Committee threw out a new and completely unrealistic number of $30 billion in cuts. This is not a proportional number and it’s hard to imagine how we can come up with a workable crop insurance program within that budget framework.

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