crop insurance

Business Beat
4:46 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Guard donkeys; farmers plowing more prairie land

Credit Heather Adams / KBIA

Wild dogs, coyotes, and bobcats are just some of the predators that have always been a threat to ranchers who raise sheep or goats. Traditionally, people think of getting dogs to help protect their flocks and herds. But there is another option and it’s becoming more popular among ranchers. Guard donkeys. KBIA’s Heather Adams has more.

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Agriculture
4:33 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Farmers plowing up more and more of the prairie

The Christen family grazes cattle year-round on native prairie pastures in southeast, Neb. Rod Christen calls big bluestem their “Cadillac grass.”
Credit Grant Gerlock / Harvest Public Media

In recent years, farmers in the Midwest have transformed millions of acres of prairie grass to rows of corn. High crop prices are a big motivation, but some also believe crop insurance is encouraging farmers to roll the dice on less productive land.

Rod Christen and his sister Kay farm corn, soybeans and wheat on their land near the small town of Steinauer, Neb. But their main crop is grass.

“Big bluestem is our big producer,” said Rod Christen. “It’s kind of our Cadillac grass.”

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Agriculture
12:00 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Environmental group says drought losses avoidable

Farmer and rancher Gabe Brown in North Dakota cups a spade of his healthy soil.
Credit Credit Chad Sawyer/The SAWYER Agency (Courtesy of NRDC)

Farmers across the country received more than $17 billion in federal crop insurance payouts after last year’s drought. A report released on Tuesday by an environmental group blames farmers for not doing enough to shield the soil against the heat. 

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Business Beat
4:55 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Crop insurance subsidies are winning; theater screens 'sensory-friendly' film

Crop insurance is a big part of the farm bill debate in Washington this year. The Senate recently passed a bill that would expand the heavily subsidized program. And now the House is zeroing in on the issue. Several amendments to the farm bill pending in the House would curb how much the government provides to cut the cost farmers pay for crop insurance. But, premiums aren’t the only part of the system supported by tax payers. Crop insurance companies also enjoy lots of government largess. Harvest Public Media’s Frank Morris reports.

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Agriculture
3:12 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Why crop insurance subsidies are winning out

Kansas wheat farmer John Thaemert surveys his parched crop in this file photo from 2006.
Credit Frank Morris / Harvest Public Media

There is little doubt that crop insurance will emerge from the current farm bill process with hefty subsidies in place. If anything, the program will become a larger part of the farming safety net.

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Agriculture
5:29 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Who Paid For Last Summer's Drought? You Did

Corn plants dry in a drought-stricken farm field near Fritchton, Ind., last summer.
Scott Olson Getty Images

Originally published on Wed May 1, 2013 6:10 pm

Say the words "crop insurance" and most people start to yawn. For years, few nonfarmers knew much about these government-subsidized insurance policies, and even fewer found any fault with them. After all, who could criticize a safety net for farmers that saves them from getting wiped out by floods or drought?

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PM Newscasts
7:35 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Newscast for August 02, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Rep. Akin discusses Senate campaign ahead of primary
  • Livestock farmers seek safety net, while Washington politics delay aid
Under the Microscope
7:01 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Rethinking crop insurance

A parched corn field in Cass County, Illinois.
Adam Allington St. Louis Public Radio

This week, we'll hear a report about taxpayer subsidized crop insurance, and find out how a guano harvest could help some penguins.

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Agriculture
6:58 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Drought forces some to rethink crop insurance

A parched corn field in Cass County, Illinois.
Adam Allington St. Louis Public Radio

Corn prices surged to a new record high on Monday, as the worst drought in more than 50 years continues to plague more than half the country.

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Agriculture
5:27 pm
Fri January 27, 2012

US Ag Secretary talks cuts

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is in Missouri touting President Obama’s job creation plans, laid out this week in his state of the union address. This comes as the agriculture department faces a shrinking budget.

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Business Beat
3:51 pm
Wed November 2, 2011

Business Beat: Nov. 2, 2011

Jefferson City Corn Field
Adventurer Dustin Holmes Flickr

This week: Special Session ended last week with many questions still unanswered, and farmers are doing everything they can to hold on to government subsidies for crop insurance.

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