Wheat group defends crop insurance

From the Capital Press

Wheat industry leaders are emphasizing the importance of crop insurance for farmers in the wake of a summit sponsored by organizations that want to eliminate it.

The R Street Institute, Taxpayers for Common Sense, Heritage Foundation and other like-minded groups held a summit in Washington, D.C., last week and proposed changes to the farm bill that are “bad for farmers (and) the economy” and “misleading,” the National Association of Wheat Growers says.

Concerns about funding for crop insurance arise whenever farm bill discussions resume, said David Schemm, president of NAWG and a Sharon Springs, Kan., wheat farmer. The groups have “very little understanding of the dynamics of what crop insurance is,” he said. Read the rest here.