Crop insurance makes wheat farming possible

From Farm Policy Facts

Editor’s note: It’s been a hard year for the nation’s wheat farmers. Against a backdrop of disasters, falling prices and the lowest number of wheat acres under cultivation in U.S. history, wheat farmers have been making the rounds in Washington to explain the importance of a strong farm safety net in the upcoming 2018 Farm Bill. This is the third part of our series.

Jimmie Musick grows wheat in western Oklahoma with his wife, his son and two grandsons. It’s truly a family business.

“We are proud to be able to say that,” he said.

They also raise cattle and grow cotton, sorghum and alfalfa.

This year’s harvest, he said, was below average. His wheat acres are down just like nearly everybody else who grows the crop. For Musick, crop insurance is one of the most important parts of the farm bill, and it’s one that he advocates for every time he gets a chance.

“I always like to talk about an issue that is keeping my family in business,” he said. “It would virtually be impossible in western Oklahoma to farm without crop insurance.”

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