Ag Chairs in Congress Defend Crop Insurance
U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) and U.S. Rep. Michael Conaway (R-Texas), the respective chairs of the Senate and House agriculture committees, are pushing back against a White House proposal to cut the crop insurance program by a third. Roberts has been adamant for months that the farm bill will not cut crop insurance, and Conaway recently told an industry convention that “our mantra is ‘don’t screw up crop insurance.’” The Trump administration’s primary target is the Harvest Price Option (HPO), which is included in about 75 percent of policies. The White House tried to eliminate premium subsidies for HPO policies last year. Now, it proposes to lower subsidy rates for most policies and deny premium subsidies to the wealthiest producers.