We the undersigned organizations endorse the Crop Insurance Modernization Act (H.R. 4865), introduced in Congress by Representative Rick Nolan of Minnesota, the Ranking Member of the House Agriculture Committee’s General Farm Commodities and Risk Management Subcommittee.
The Crop Insurance Modernization Act of 2018 will improve access to the federal crop insurance program for beginning farmers, farmers with diverse crops and enterprises, specialty crop operations, organic farmers, farmers using non-wholesale markets, and other underserved farmers by:Nat• Expanding premium discounts for beginning farmers.• Streamlining the Whole Farm Revenue Protection program, which serves primarily diversified and smaller-scale producers.• Requiring USDA’s Risk Management Agency to study the barriers to accessing crop insurance, particularly by beginning and socially disadvantaged producers, and to identify options for expanding access.
This bill will also reduce inter-agency disconnects and strengthen the connection between risk management and conservation by:
• Ensuring that a farmer’s crop insurance coverage will not be rescinded or put at risk due to their use of cover crops or other conservation practices approved by USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service.• Launching a pilot program that rewards farmers who undertake risk-reducing conservation activities.• Funding and standardizing conservation compliance monitoring procedures across states.
We applaud Congressman Nolan for introducing this legislation to improve access to crop insurance for underserved communities and reduce conflicts in conservation policies coming from USDA. We urge your strong support.
and the undersigned: