Crop Insurance Likely A Key Component Of New Farm Bill

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

As discussions move forward on the 2012 farm bill, crop insurance is expected to be a major component of the legislation that is developed, says Keith Coble, professor of agricultural economics at Mississippi State University.

And, he says, farm programs continue becoming increasingly complex.

"I don't think we hear as much about crop insurance in this part of the country as in the Midwest, the Plains, or other areas," he said in a panel discussion at the Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation's annual commodity conference.

"But when we talk to folks in Washington, that seems to be their message - that crop insurance is going to be the part of the commodity title that is most likely going to be maintained and not touched, while direct payments is the part that is most likely going to be most at risk in terms of continuation in the future."

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