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Crop Insurance benefits ag, consumers, and taxpayersCrop Insurance benefits ag, consumers, and taxpayers

Federal Crop offers benefits to farmers, ranchers, consumers and taxpayers.

Ron Smith 1

October 6, 2017

2 Min Read
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 The Crop Insurance Professionals Association (CIPA), the only national organization focused solely on Federal Crop Insurance and led solely by agents, offers a few talking points on how the coverage benefits farmers, ranchers, consumers and taxpayers.

In spite of what farm policy critics claim, CIPA insists that crop insurance provides a good value for the cost. Key benefits include:


Success for farmers and ranchers

•                  Insures 290 million acres, about 90 percent of U.S. planted acres.

•                  Insures 130 commodities, with 1.1 million policies in 50 states.

•                  $100 billion in liability protection.

•                  Claims paid within 30 days.

•                  Peace of mind for farmers: helps farmers secure credit, invest in their farms, and better market their crops.

•                  Stabilizes the economies of rural communities, especially during natural disasters.

•                  Made possible by private sector delivery, including thousands of agents, who are trusted advisors of farmer and rancher customers and jobs creators in rural communities.


Success for taxpayers

•                  CRS: Saves $10.887 billion more than expected for FY 2014/18.

•                  2017 cost of $3.471 is comparable to 2004 cost, and $5.3 billion below estimates.

•                  Cut $17 billion since 2008, mainly legislative or administrative reductions, including 30 percent cut to administrative and operating costs.

•                  Ended annual ad hoc disaster programs that would have cost taxpayers $17 billion in the 2012 drought.

•                  Farmers paid an average of $3.7 billion the past 10 years in premiums

•                  Actuarially sound, with a loss ratio of .40 in 2016.

•                  The improper payment rate is only 2.02 — half of other programs government-wide.


Risk management/liability protection

•                  Farmers pay premiums year after year, and usually receive no indemnity, with only 19 percent of policies paying an indemnity in 2016.

•                  Since 1988, crop insurance has covered $15 trillion in liability, while farmers have paid $136 billion in premiums and received $116 billion in indemnities.

CIPA represents agents nationwide, advocating for strong Federal Crop Insurance for America’s farmers and ranchers.



About the Author(s)

Ron Smith 1

Senior Content Director, Farm Press/Farm Progress

Ron Smith has spent more than 40 years covering Sunbelt agriculture. Ron began his career in agricultural journalism as an Experiment Station and Extension editor at Clemson University, where he earned a Masters Degree in English in 1975. He served as associate editor for Southeast Farm Press from 1978 through 1989. In 1990, Smith helped launch Southern Turf Management Magazine and served as editor. He also helped launch two other regional Turf and Landscape publications and launched and edited Florida Grove and Vegetable Management for the Farm Press Group. Within two years of launch, the turf magazines were well-respected, award-winning publications. Ron has received numerous awards for writing and photography in both agriculture and landscape journalism. He is past president of The Turf and Ornamental Communicators Association and was chosen as the first media representative to the University of Georgia College of Agriculture Advisory Board. He was named Communicator of the Year for the Metropolitan Atlanta Agricultural Communicators Association. More recently, he was awarded the Norman Borlaug Lifetime Achievement Award by the Texas Plant Protection Association. Smith also worked in public relations, specializing in media relations for agricultural companies. Ron lives with his wife Pat in Johnson City, Tenn. They have two grown children, Stacey and Nick, and three grandsons, Aaron, Hunter and Walker.

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