Indiana Corn and Soybean Farmers Oppose Proposed Cuts to Federal Crop Insurance
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Oct. 27, 2015) — Some members of Congress have agreed to a long-term federal budget deal that includes a $3 billion cut to crop insurance support for our nation’s farm families. Farmer leaders with the Indiana Soybean Alliance and Indiana Corn Growers Association urge members of the Indiana congressional delegation to oppose cuts to crop insurance or any reopening of the farm bill.
“Members of Congress need to reject any attempt to cut crop insurance or any other farm program,” said Kendell Culp, an ISA director and farmer from Jasper County. Culp also sits on the American Soybean Association Board of Directors. “In my area, we had record rains this spring and some of the worst crops in a generation. Indiana’s farm economy is simply not in the shape it was even just a couple of years ago when the farm bill was approved. Cutting crop insurance, our last line of defense against a bad crop year, is reckless.”
The proposed cuts to crop insurance were not part of the House or Senate Appropriations legislation and are opposed by House Ag Committee Chairman Mike Conaway, Ranking Member Colin Peterson, and Senate Ag Committee Chairman Pat Roberts.
Crop values have plummeted nearly 50 percent since the 2014 Farm Bill was enacted, and more than 50 Indiana counties were declared federal disaster areas this summer due to torrential rainfall and crop loss.
“Farmers need a stronger safety net, not a weaker one, and now is not the time to leave farmers in a terrible situation by weakening investment in the crop insurance program,” said Sarah Delbecq, an ICGA director and farmer from DeKalb County. Delbecq serves on the National Corn Growers Association Public Policy Action Team, which advocated for the current farm bill. “Farmers willingly gave up direct payments during good economic times. We can’t allow the federal government to abandon us when times are tough in the farm economy.”
Farmers are urged to call their Congressman and Senators immediately and urge them to stop any cuts to crop insurance or the farm bill.
The Indiana Soybean Alliance works to enhance the viability of Indiana soybean farmers through the effective and efficient investment of soybean checkoff funds and the development of sound policies that protect and promote the interest of Indiana soybean farmers. The ISA is working to build new markets for soybeans through the promotion of biodiesel, livestock, international marketing, new soybean uses, aquaculture, and research. ISA is led by an elected farmer board that directs investments of the soybean checkoff funds on behalf of more than 28,000 Indiana soybean farmers and promotes policies on behalf of the ISA’s 950 dues-paying members. For more information, visit www.indianasoybean.com.
The ICGA board, which works with the state and federal governments to develop and promote sound policies that benefit Indiana corn farmers, consists of 15 farmer-directors who provide leadership to the organization on behalf of the nearly 600 ICGA members statewide. Learn more at www.incorn.org/icga.
This communications was NOT funded with Indiana soybean or corn checkoff dollars.