Farmers Squeezed by Health Care Costs and Insurance Sign-Up Deadlines – DTN

🕔Dec 25, 2015As farmers question every line item in their 2016 budget to preserve working capital, lenders advise cutting “family living expense.” But that category often includes health insurance and those expenses […]

Senators Vow to Shield Crop Insurance from Cuts – DTN

🕔Oct 29, 2015Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack declined Thursday to say that the Obama administration will totally back efforts in Congress to avoid any cuts to crop insurance. On a call to reporters […]

Plans to Cut Crop Insurance Tossed Out – DTN

🕔Oct 29, 2015Plans to cut $3 billion out of the federal crop insurance program in the next eight years were reversed after members of the House Agriculture Committee announced Wednesday an agreement […]

Crop Insurance: Historical Perspective on Program Choice

🕔Oct 9, 2015The 2014 Farm Bill provided farmers with the opportunity to elect the commodity program for their crops and farms. As discussed in detail in previous farmdoc dailyarticles, producers could elect […]

Crop Insurance: ‘Stepchild’ Whole-Farm Coverage Makes Improvements – DTN

🕔Oct 2, 2015Whole-farm income insurance has long been the stepchild of federal crop insurance plans, attracting only about 1,000 policies nationwide, or 0.1% of all policies sold last season. But pressure on […]

Crop Insurance: More Producers Benefit from Expansion

🕔Sep 24, 2015Each year the nation’s farmers and ranchers confront tough business decisions, adverse weather, and harvesting challenges – striving to balance seasonal planning, as well as long-term planning for future generations.  […]

Crop Insurance Payments Could Take A Hit From Sequestration

🕔Sep 11, 2015Recent reports indicate that payments from the Price Loss Coverage (PLC) or Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) programs for the 2014 crop year may be reduced by nearly 7% due to […]

Crop Insurance: Deadline Approaches to Enroll in Farm Bill Programs

🕔Sep 3, 2015U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini reminds farmers and ranchers that they have until Sept. 30 to enroll in several key Farm Bill safety […]

Illinois: How ARC Payments Vary by County

🕔Aug 27, 2015Overview This article examines the variation across counties in ARC-CO (Agriculture Risk Coverage -County program) payments per program base acre, using estimated corn and soybean payments for the 2014 crop […]

Illinois: University Seeks Volunteers for Commodity Program Survey

🕔Aug 26, 2015The 2014 Farm Bill provided commodity program choices for farmers and land owners. Farmers could elect to participate in either Price Loss Coverage (PLC) or Agriculture Risk Coverage, County (ARC-CO) […]

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