crop insurance

President’s Signature Expected
4:54 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

US Senate Approves Farm Bill

After more than two years of debate on Capitol Hill, a new farm bill is poised to become law after both the U.S. House and Senate approved it.
Credit andrewmalone/Flickr

The US Senate passed the farm bill Tuesday by a vote of 68-32, sending it to the president’s desk and ending years of political wrangling.

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Impact on Local Economies
3:12 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Crop Insurance Paying Dividends

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Farmers in the Midwest were devastated by a crippling drought in 2012, and the federal crop insurance program paid out a record $17.3 billion.

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Rain affecting crop insurance coverage
3:19 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Tri-States Farmers Face Choice

Flooded Farmland West of Macomb
Credit Scott Stuntz

Farmers who still have not been able to get into the fields will have a decision to make at the end of the month.

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Deadline Approaching
6:14 am
Tue September 18, 2012

Farm Bill in Limbo

Rich Egger

Congress has less than two weeks  to act before the current farm bill expires.

Dozens of federal programs are included in the bill -- everything from  crop insurance to food aid for the poor.

Spending on food aid is one of the reasons that House Republican leaders have refused  to call the measure for a vote. U-S Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) is among  many farm-state politicians of both parties who have been  critical of that decision.

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