Letter

As the Administration develops its budget proposal for FY 2023, we respectfully urge you to once again protect crop insurance from harmful cuts. The FY 2022 budget wisely recognized crop insurance as a farmer’s first line of defense against climate change and other disasters, and did not make cuts to the program. As the challenges for America’s farmers and ranchers continue to grow, we believe crop insurance as a safety net is only becoming more important to stability in rural America. During this tumultuous time, one of the few certainties that farmers could rely on was the protection provided by their Federal crop insurance policy.

Even in good years, farmers need access to a strong and secure Federal crop insurance program, a program that farmers have described time and again as a critical linchpin of the farm safety net. The strength and predictability of the program is only more critical given the uncertainty that characterizes the production agriculture sector. USDA and Congress have taken extraordinary ad hoc measures over the past few years to ensure the financial security of rural America. It would only serve to undercut these efforts to propose harmful changes to a crop insurance program that provides predictable, within-budget assistance to farmers in a way that helps lenders continue to support America’s farmers and ranchers. It is the certainty of the crop insurance program that provides critical reassurance to lenders.

It is no accident that the most recent farm bills emphasized risk management, and in doing so, protected the interests of American taxpayers. Farmers spend as much as $4 billion per year of their own money to purchase insurance from the private sector. On average, farmers also must incur losses of almost 30 percent before their insurance coverage pays an indemnity. Crop insurance allows producers to customize their policies to their individual farm and financial needs and policies are based on fundamental market principles, which means higher risk areas and higher value crops pay higher premiums for insurance. Crop insurance and its links to conservation further ensure that the program is a good investment for taxpayers.

Given the challenges faced by rural America and the critical nature of crop insurance, cuts to the program should be avoided. Farmers, agribusinesses, lenders and lawmakers agree that crop insurance is a linchpin of the farm safety net and is crucial to the economic and food and fiber security of urban and rural America. We urge you to continue to support America’s farmers and ranchers and oppose cuts to crop insurance during this year’s budget process.

Sincerely,

Agricultural Retailers Association

American Association of Crop Insurers

American Bankers Association

American Farm Bureau Federation

American Farmland Trust

American Malting Barley Association

American Property Casualty Insurance Association (APCIA)

American Seed Trade Association

American Sesame Growers Association

American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers

American Soybean Association

American Sugar Alliance

American Sugar Cane League

American Sugarbeet Growers Association

Association of Equipment Manufacturers

Corn Refiners Association

Crop Insurance and Reinsurance Bureau

Crop Insurance Professionals Association

Ducks Unlimited

Environmental Defense Fund

Farm Credit Council

Independent Community Bankers of America

Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America

National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies

National Association of Professional Insurance Agents

National Association of State Departments of Agriculture

National Association of Wheat Growers

National Barley Growers Association

National Corn Growers Association

National Cotton Council

National Council of Farmer Cooperatives

National Crop Insurance Services National Farmers Union

National Grain and Feed Association

National Milk Producers Federation

National Oilseed Processors Association

National Peach Council

National Potato Council

National Sorghum Producers

National Sunflower Association

Organic Trade Association

Panhandle Peanut Growers Association

Pheasants Forever

Quail Forever

Reinsurance Association of America

Rural & Agriculture Council of America

Southwest Council of Agribusiness

U.S. Apple Association

U.S. Canola Association

U.S. Cattlemen’s Association

U.S. Durum Growers Association

U.S. Peanut Federation

USA Dry Pea & Lentil Council USA Rice

Western Peanut Growers Association

Date Sent:

January 27, 2022

Sender:

Agricultural coalition

Recipient:

Secretary Tom Vilsack, Acting Director Shalanda Young, Chairman Patrick Leahy, Chairwoman Rosa DeLauro, Ranking Member Richard Shelby, Ranking Member Kay Granger, Chairman Bernie Sanders, Chairman John Yarmuth, Ranking Member Lindsey Graham, Ranking Member Jason Smith

Subject:

Crop insurance

Download File