Stabenow Addresses Crop Insurance Industry

Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Debbie Stabenow has told the crop insurance industry it needs to form alliances with other interests - such as conservation - to protect the farm program. Speaking at a convention co-sponsored by the American Association of Crop Insurance and National Crop Insurance Services - Stabenow called crop insurance the foundation of the farm bill and the farm safety net. She praised crop insurance as politically defensible - but noted the farm program - including crop insurance - has come under intense criticism. She did point out - however - that support for the program was strengthened by making crop insurance more readily available to specialty crop growers. According to NCIS President Tom Zacharias - the industry's relationship with the conservation community will be at the forefront of building coalitions to defend the policy from critics in the future.

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