Commodity, Crop Insurance & Credit Programs


NSAC Policy Director and Former NRCS Chief Pen Guest Blog for AGree

February 20, 2015

On February 18, NSAC Policy Director Ferd Hoefner and former NRCS Chief Bruce Knight published the following blog on AGree’s foodandagpolicy.org website. The blog explores the intersection of crop insurance and conservation practices that could improve the health of the land while also increasing yields. The blog was posted in conjunction with the release of […]

House and Senate Bills Would Eliminate Harvest Price Option Subsidy

February 13, 2015

On Thursday February 12, Senators Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) teamed with Representative John Duncan (R-TN) to introduce legislation in both the Senate (S.463) and House (H.R.892) to eliminate the subsidy for the Harvest Price Option (HPO) within the federal crop insurance program. The Congressional Budget Office has estimated that this legislation, if […]

Senate Bill Would Cap Crop Insurance Subsidies

February 4, 2015

On Tuesday February 3, Senators Shaheen and Toomey introduced legislation to cap crop insurance subsidies at $50,000 per entity. According to the Congressional Budget Office, this payment limit would save the federal government $2.2 billion over 10 years while impacting only 2.5 percent of producers. Currently, the federal government subsidizes, on average, 62 percent of […]

ICYMI — Webinar on New Whole Farm Revenue Protection Crop Insurance Policy

January 23, 2015

ICYMI – On Wednesday January 21, the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC), the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT), and the Rural Advancement Foundation International (RAFI-USA) presented a national webinar on the Risk Management Agency’s new Whole-Farm Revenue Protection (WFRP) insurance policy, a new risk management product designed for diversified farms. Crop insurance specialists with […]

Release: NSAC, NCAT and RAFI to Host National Webinar on New Whole Farm Revenue Protection Policy – January 21, 2015

January 12, 2015

Release:  NSAC, NCAT and RAFI to Host National Webinar on New Whole Farm Revenue Protection Policy – January 21, 2015 January 12, 2015, Washington, D.C. — There’s a new crop insurance option now available for diversified farmers – Whole Farm Revenue Insurance – and an upcoming webinar will help farmers understand whether it’s right for them.  […]

Farm Bill Changes to Farm Loan Programs Go Final

December 31, 2014

USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) has posted a final rule codifying a variety of changes to the farm loan programs as directed by the 2014 Farm Bill.  Several of the rule changes were championed by the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) and Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Representative Tim Walz (D-MN), the lead congressional sponsors […]

Top 14 of 2014: A Look at This Year’s Key Victories for Sustainable Food and Farming

December 22, 2014

As 2014 comes to a close, we thought we would take a moment to recognize and celebrate this year’s victories for sustainable food and farming. Among the successes? From new or restored farm bill programs that are up and running, important progress on our campaign priorities, hill visits and hearings, and the release of our […]

Farm Microloans Big in 2014

December 18, 2014

Finding a way to finance a new farming operation before money starts coming in at the end of the growing season is a challenge that all new farmers face. And while some farmers are able to save enough before they start farming, there are always inevitable start-up and annual operating expenses – like seeds, inputs, […]

It’s a Wrap – This Congress is Over – Final Bills and Letters

December 17, 2014

Both the House and Senate have now finished, bringing this Congress to a close.  A new Congress — the 114th — begins in January. This post summarizes some end of session activity. Legislation Government Spending Bill — The Senate approved the so-called “cromnibus” appropriations bill on Saturday, December 13 and the bill was signed into […]

New Organic Price Elections for 2015 Crop Insurance Announced

December 15, 2014

December 15, The Risk Management Agency (RMA) recently released 10 new organic price elections for the 2015 crop insurance year. This brings the total number of organic price elections to 26 for the 2015 crop year. While this represents progress there is a long way to go since RMA offers over 100 individual crop policies. […]

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