Crop Insurance Modernization Act


Representative Rick Nolan on the farm. Photo credit: Office of Congressman Rick Nolan.

Representative Rick Nolan on the farm. Photo credit: Office of Congressman Rick Nolan.

The Crop Insurance Modernization Act

(H.R. 4865)

The Crop Insurance Modernization Act was introduced on January 19, 2018 in the House by Representative Rick Nolan (D-MN), Ranking Member of the House Agriculture Committee’s General Farm Commodities and Risk Management Subcommittee. This legislation will move the federal crop insurance program into the 21st century by expanding underserved farmers’ access to risk management tools and creating a stronger link between farm safety net and conservation priorities.

The Crop Insurance Modernization Act of 2018 will improve access to the federal crop insurance program for beginning farmers, farmers with diverse crops and enterprises, specialty crop operations, organic farmers, farmers using non-wholesale markets, and other underserved farmers by:

  • Expanding premium discounts for beginning farmers.
  • Streamlining the Whole Farm Revenue Protection program, which serves primarily diversified and smaller-scale producers.
  • Requiring the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Risk Management Agency (RMA) to study the barriers to accessing crop insurance, particularly by beginning and socially disadvantaged producers, and to identify options for expanding access.

The Crop Insurance Modernization Act of 2018 will reduce inter-agency disconnects and strengthen the connection between risk management and conservation by:

  • Ensuring that a farmer’s crop insurance coverage will not be rescinded or put at risk due to their use of cover crops or other NRCS approved conservation practices.
  • Launching a pilot program that rewards farmers who undertake risk-reducing conservation activities.
  • Funding and standardizing conservation compliance monitoring procedures across states.

NSAC thanks Congressman Nolan for championing the Crop Insurance Modernization Act of 2018, and for his leadership in strengthening the farm safety net.

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