crop insurance http://hppr.org en What was your county’s crop insurance payout in 2012? http://hppr.org/post/what-was-your-county-s-crop-insurance-payout-2012 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>At $200 per acre, Trego County, KS topped the list of High Plains counties in per acre crop insurance payments in 2012.&nbsp; Other top counties were Wallace County, KS at $157 per acre and Rawlins County, KS at $127 per acre.&nbsp; All three are in Northwest Kansas.&nbsp; At the bottom is the list was Hemphill County, TX in the northeast corner of the Panhandle with just $1 per acre on only 13,400 planted acres.</p> Fri, 06 Sep 2013 05:50:00 +0000 Quentin Hope 21240 at http://hppr.org What was your county’s crop insurance payout in 2012? What $154 million in payouts means to a county http://hppr.org/post/what-154-million-payouts-means-county <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Farmer Doug Wilson has been buying crop insurance since 1980.&nbsp;</span></p><p>“You carry home insurance, hoping your house doesn’t burn down. We carry crop insurance, hoping our crops don’t burn down,” Wilson said on a sweltering day in mid-August as he walked among the healthy 8-foot corn stalks in one his fields in central Illinois. “But last year, they burned down — kind of literally.”</p> Thu, 05 Sep 2013 05:01:00 +0000 Darrell Hoemann 21185 at http://hppr.org What $154 million in payouts means to a county Report criticizes incentives in the Federal Crop Insurance Program http://hppr.org/post/report-criticizes-incentives-federal-crop-insurance-program <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Farmers across the country received a record breaking 17.3 billion dollars in federal crop insurance payouts after last year’s drought. &nbsp;While the payments were critical for the financial well-being of farmers, the National Resource</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">s Defense Council</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has issued a <strong><a href="http://www.nrdc.org/media/2013/130827.asp?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+NRDCPressReleases+%28NRDC+Press+Releases%29 (NRDC press release) http://www.nrdc.org/water/your-soil-matters/" target="_blank">report</a></strong> critical of the structure of the </span><a href="http://www.rma.usda.gov/fcic/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">Federal Crop Insurance Program</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> (FCIP).</span> Mon, 02 Sep 2013 05:43:03 +0000 Bill Wheelhouse 21044 at http://hppr.org Report criticizes incentives in the Federal Crop Insurance Program Tying crop insurance to conservation faces tough road in House http://hppr.org/post/tying-crop-insurance-conservation-faces-tough-road-house <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Now that the Senate has a farm bill (technically the Agriculture, Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2013)</span><a href="http://www.harvestpublicmedia.org/content/senate-passes-farm-bill#.UbovL5zgJ3A" style="line-height: 1.5;">ready and waiting for reconciliation with a House version</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, it’s a good time to look at how some of what the Senate passed may play out in the House—and what it all means for the general public as well as for farmers.</span></p> Wed, 19 Jun 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Amy Mayer 17504 at http://hppr.org Tying crop insurance to conservation faces tough road in House SNAP cut, direct payments out, insurance in and provisioned http://hppr.org/post/snap-cut-direct-payments-out-insurance-and-provisioned <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The U.S. Senate approved a new comprehensive farm bill Monday, its plan for everything from food and nutrition assistance to disaster aid for livestock producers to crop insurance for farmers. But before you go popping champagne corks and celebrating the creation of five-years of agricultural policy, know this: The U.S. House has yet to weigh in.</span></p> Tue, 11 Jun 2013 21:45:02 +0000 Jeremy Bernfeld 17273 at http://hppr.org SNAP cut, direct payments out, insurance in and provisioned Who's on the hook for nearly $17 billion paid to farmers? http://hppr.org/post/whos-hook-nearly-17-billion-paid-farmers <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Nearly $17 billion has been paid out to farmers in crop insurance indemnities to cover the losses from the catastrophic drought of 2012, the government reported this week.</span></p> Wed, 24 Apr 2013 00:45:36 +0000 Donna Vestal 15098 at http://hppr.org Who's on the hook for nearly $17 billion paid to farmers?