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Highway Bill to Restore Crop Insurance Cuts

December 4, 2015
Tribune Staff Report , Pierce County Tribune

Senators John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp announced Wednesday that a new five-year highway yet to pass in Congress will restore cuts to crop insurance.

An estimated $3 billion were cut from crop insurance when Congress passed a budget deal in October. Since 2008, crop insurance has been reduced by $12 billion.

The bill which still has to pass in the Senate and the House reverses cuts to crop insurance and leaves other agricultural programs unharmed.

"Crop insurance is a cornerstone of farmers' and our country's agricultural success, which is why I've fought hard to maintain the integrity of this program both in the 2014 Farm Bill, which many of us spent more than a year negotiating, and again now," Heitkamp said in a press release. "When the recent budget deal threatened crop insurance, I made clear that I would do everything in my power and work with leaders on the Senate Committee on Agriculture to find a path forward to prevent those devastating cuts, provide certainty for farmers, and maintain this critical safety net. Crop insurance is a lifeline for jobs and families across rural America, and has already received $12 billion in cuts since 2008. It was unfair to try forcing even deeper cuts on hardworking farmers, and I'm hopeful Congress will pass this needed fix to protect producers and this vital program."

"This is an important provision for our farmers and ranchers in North Dakota and across the country," Hoeven said in a press release. "We worked very hard to get a long-term farm bill that provides our producers with good options for managing risk with strengthened crop insurance. At the same time, we saved $23 billion dollars to help reduce the deficit. Farmers and ranchers need the certainty of knowing there is a safety net in place when they make the large investments necessary to continue producing quality, affordable food for the nation and the world."

Heitkamp helped write and Hoeven helped negotiate the final version of the 2014 Farm Bill.



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