Posted: Friday, 15 June 2012 12:11PM
A western Minnesota farmer is among those calling for reforms to the crop insurance program that's proposed in the 2012 Farm Bill, now being debated in the US Senate.
Darwyn Bach, who grows corn and soybeans on 500 acres near Canby, says the way it's set up, crop insurance is not the safety net it's intended to be. Bach also says the crop insurance program is at odds with conservation efforts, because there are no such requirements.
The crop insurance program does not set a limit on the amount of subsidies that individual producers can receive. It also does not have an income limit. A number of farm and conservation groups are pushing a slate of amendments to make crop insurance more equitable and accountable.