House Members to Form Crop Insurance Caucus

July 15, 2019 Reps. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., and Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., sent a letter to colleagues July 12 outlining the formation of a Crop Insurance Caucus. The caucus’ aim will be to educate lawmakers and congressional staff about crop insurance and provide... Read more

NAMIC Urges Congress, Administration to Protect Crop Insurance in Budget Process

February 25, 2019 NAMIC was a signatory on letters sent Feb. 19 urging the Trump administration and Congress to recognize the importance of crop insurance to farmers, lenders, and all of rural America, and to oppose... Read more

House Sends Farm Bill to President With No Cuts to Crop Insurance Program

December 17, 2018 After passing the Senate by a vote of 87 to 13 on Dec. 11, the House passed the 2018 Farm Bill by a vote of 386-47, sending the $867 billion legislative package to the president. Significantly, the soon-to-become law did not contain any cuts but... Read more

North Dakota: NDID to Hold Annual Crop Hail Public Meeting

September 19, 2018 The North Dakota Insurance Department has announced that it will be holding its annual crop hail insurance public meeting on Oct. 15. Read more

Senate Passes Farm Bill With No Cuts to Crop Insurance

July 2, 2018 The Senate passed a farm bill that affects a broad swath of food and agriculture programs, among others, on June 28 by a vote of 86-11. The bill did not contain any harmful changes or cuts to the nation's crop insurance... Read more

House Passes Farm Bill With No Harmful Changes to Crop Insurance

June 25, 2018 The House of Representatives passed its farm bill June 21 by a 213-211 vote. Significantly, the bill did not have any harmful changes or cuts to the nation's crop insurance... Read more

Senate Ag Committee Advances Farm Bill

June 18, 2018 The Senate Agriculture Committee advanced the chamber's farm bill June 13 by a 20-1 vote. Importantly, the committee approved the bill without making any major changes to negatively impact the nation’s crop insurance... Read more

Senate Releases, Plans to Advance NAMIC-Backed Farm Bill This Week

June 11, 2018 The Senate Agriculture Committee unveiled the text of the chamber’s Farm Bill on June 8, which could set the stage for a vote in the committee as early as June 13. NAMIC supports the Senate’s bill, the Agriculture Improvement Act, which would offer ... Read more

NAMIC Helps Defeat Harmful Crop Insurance Amendment

May 21, 2018 NAMIC sent a letter to members of the House of Representatives on May 17 in opposition to an amendment to the farm bill offered by Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Calif., that would have increased the price of crop insurance for farmers across the... Read more

House Set to Vote on Farm Bill, NAMIC Works to Defend Crop Insurance Program

May 14, 2018 The House of Representatives expected to vote on H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, also known as the farm bill, as soon as May 14. NAMIC will continue working to defend the nation’s crop insurance program, which provides a critical ... Read more

NAMIC Defends Crop Insurance Program 

May 7, 2018 With the House farm bill awaiting floor action, NAMIC will meet in the days ahead with key lawmakers to talk about the importance of a strong crop insurance program... Read more

House Committee Advances Farm Bill, Administrative Changes to Crop Insurance Program

April 23, 2018 The House Agriculture Committee voted April 18 to advance H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, commonly referred to as the farm bill. The bill was adopted by a party-line vote of 26-20 and is next expected to be considered on the... Read more

Senate Panel Examines Crop Insurance Issues

July 31, 2017 During a July 27 hearing of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, titled “Commodities, Credit, and Crop Insurance: Perspectives on Risk Management Tools and Trends for the 2018 Farm Bill,” Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan... Read more

NAMIC Signs Crop Insurance Coalition Letter to Administration

March 20, 2017 NAMIC joined with a number of stakeholders and sent letters to various agencies and congressional committees March 13 in preparation for the 2017 appropriations process in... Read more

NAMIC Signs Letter to Congressional Leadership for Farm Bill Reauthorization in 2018

February 27, 2017 NAMIC has joined an effort with several organizations representing various industries with a stake in the future of... Read more

NAMIC Signs Onto Letter Supporting Crop Insurance Program

February 29, 2016 NAMIC joined 57 organizations by signing onto a Feb. 25 letter in support for protecting the current levels of funding for the crop insurance program. The letter was organized in reaction to the president’s budget proposal, which called for $18 billion ... Read more

Obama Signs Five-Year Highway Bill, Restores Cuts Made to the Crop Insurance Program

December 7, 2015 President Barack Obama signed legislation Dec. 4 to extend funding for the improvement of the nation’s surface transportation and infrastructure programs. The Fixing America’s Surface Transportation, or FAST, Act is being heralded by both Congress and O... Read more

NAMIC Continues to Work With Congressional Leadership to Address Crop Insurance Cuts in Omnibus Bill

November 30, 2015 The next two weeks will determine whether a number of crop insurance carriers decide whether to stay in the crop insurance program due to cuts made in the two-year budget deal. With a Dec. 11 deadline looming, congressional leaders continue to work on a... Read more

Department of Agriculture Notices Final Rule on Crop Insurance Provisions

November 30, 2015 The Department of Agriculture’s Federal Crop Insurance Corporation issued a final rule Nov. 25 for comment on Area Risk Protection Insurance Regulations. The rule was issued to meet the goals of the Acreage Crop Reporting Streamlining Initiative require... Read more

NAMIC Working With Crop Insurance Coalition to Reinstate Crop Insurance Rates Cut Under Budget Deal

November 16, 2015 With a Dec. 11 deadline looming, congressional leaders continue to work on a plan for how certain funds will be appropriated in order to keep the federal government running under the recently passed two-year budget deal. The budget, largely negotiated b... Read more

Two-Year Budget Deal Passes Senate, Moves to President’s Desk

November 2, 2015 Congressional leaders agreed to undo proposed cuts to the Federal Crop Insurance Program to secure passage of a debt ceiling increase and two-year budget agreement, which was signed into law by President Obama. As reported , congressional leaders met in... Read more

Historic Debt Limit and Two-Year Budget Deal Reached, Includes Significant Crop Insurance Cuts

October 28, 2015 Historic Debt Limit and Two-Year Budget Deal Reached, Includes Significant Crop Insurance Cuts Read more

Efforts to Limit Crop Insurance Continue as Farm Bill Policies are Implemented

July 14, 2014 As implementation of the massive 2013 Farm Bill begins to take place, congressional committees are already reviewing the policies that are going into effect and, in some cases, attempting to modify them through the appropriations process. The appropriat... Read more

At the NAIC: Group-Wide Supervision, Reporting, Resolution Plan Exposures; Annual Statement Requirement

July 10, 2014 June was a busy month for NAMIC comments related to group-wide supervision, financial reporting, and resolution plans. The NAIC Group Solvency Issues Working Group had three exposures for comment and two hearings and the Receivership and Insolvency Task... Read more

Iowa: Provide Comments on Possible Change to Crop Insurance Filing Deadline

July 8, 2014 The Iowa Insurance Division sent a message on July 2 that discussed the possibility of moving the deadline for crop insurance filings from March 15 to a date as early as Jan. 1. The purpose would be to allow producers to be able to contact farmers earli... Read more

White House Climate Report Supports Mitigation, Building Codes

May 7, 2014 The White House’s U.S. Global Change Research Program on May 6 issued its report on climate change in the United States, focusing on changes that are happening now and further changes that we can expect to see throughout this century. The report offers ... Read more

White House Unveils FY2015 Budget Proposal

March 10, 2014 The Obama administration released its budget proposal for fiscal year 2015 on March 4. While the document is largely advisory, as Congress sets the actual budget and spending levels for the federal government, it provides a glimpse of how the administra... Read more

Congress Sends Farm Bill to President’s Desk

February 5, 2014 Passage of the farm bill by the Senate on Feb. 4 was a milestone for agriculture committee leaders who have been working for more than three years on a long-term reauthorization of the bill, which governs many popular agricultural and nutrition assistan... Read more

Farm Bill Nears Completion Despite All Odds

February 3, 2014 After multiple near-death experiences, the farm bill is finally moving toward the president’s desk after the House passed the conference report last week and the Senate prepares for an expected vote on Feb. 3 or Feb. 4 for passage. Despite vast differen... Read more

Farm Bill Reauthorization on the Brink

January 13, 2014 Legislation to collectively reauthorize numerous federal agricultural programs, including crop insurance, may not receive a vote in the House because of a new policy dispute. After weeks of debate and many compromises, House and Senate agriculture commi... Read more

Still No Deal on Farm Bill Reauthorization

January 6, 2014 As most members of Congress and their staffs were enjoying the first real holiday break in several years, farm bill conferees remained at work hashing out an agreement on the multi-year reauthorization. Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Debbie Stabe... Read more

Farm Bill Falls in the House

June 20, 2013 The farm bill, broad legislation governing farm subsidies, crop insurance, and food assistance programs, was defeated in the U.S. House of Representatives June 19 by a 195-234 vote. The bill would have expanded federal crop insurance by nearly $9 billio... Read more

Senate to Continue Work on Farm Bill After Recess

May 28, 2013 After nearly a week of debating and voting on amendments to the a large farm policy reauthorization bill, the Senate recessed for the Memorial Day holiday promising to finish work on the bill during the first week of June. NAMIC has been engaged in the ... Read more

Farm Bill Comes to the Senate Floor – Several Amendments to Cut Crop Insurance Expected

May 21, 2013 The Senate this week will once again debate a farm bill reauthorization that expands federal crop insurance programs – a process that could take all week and continue after the Memorial Day recess. The Senate passed a farm bill in the last Congress, but... Read more

NAMIC Opposes Changes to Crop Insurance Program That Will Limit Its Effectiveness

May 7, 2013 As the discussions surrounding the farm bill begin to take place in Washington, D.C., NAMIC is maintaining its position that any changes made to the Federal Crop Insurance Program should not degrade the critical role it plays in fortifying America’s foo... Read more

President’s Budget Proposes Cuts to Crop Insurance

April 16, 2013 When President Obama released his budget on April 10, representatives for industries across the economic spectrum were watching for where additional cuts would be sought to help balance cuts to tax increases. The federal crop insurance program was among... Read more

Murky Future for Five-Year Farm Bill Reauthorization

January 8, 2013 While most of the country was watching the drama unfold on Capitol Hill regarding the country teetering on the edge of the “fiscal cliff,” House and Senate Agriculture Committee leaders were working to ensure the country’s farm and food stamp programs r... Read more

Last Week to Complete Farm Bill

December 18, 2012 Congress is running short on time to complete work on the farm bill, as lawmakers are set to leave Washington for the holidays and, should a deal on the “fiscal cliff” be reached, possibly the year. The bill has still not yet come to the House floor for... Read more

House Leader Promises Vote on Farm Bill

November 20, 2012 House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., has added the farm bill to the list of measures that Congress needs to tackle before the end of the 112th Congress. The massive program expired at the end of September when House leadership refused to bring the ... Read more

House Punts Farm Bill to Lame Duck

September 25, 2012 The House adjourned Sept. 21, leaving for the campaign trail after failing to hold a vote on a farm bill extension, reauthorization, or package to assist drought-stricken farmers. Since the Sept. 21 votes are expected to be the last before the election,... Read more

With Congress Back in Session, Attention Should Be on Expiring Farm Bill

September 11, 2012 The U.S. farm bill, a multi-billion dollar piece of legislation regulating government spending on farm subsidies and the federal crop insurance program, is set to expire at the end of the month barring congressional action. The farm bill, as it is commo... Read more

House Agriculture Committee Complete Marathon Farm Bill Markup

July 17, 2012 The House Agriculture Committee passed its version of the 2012 Farm Bill early Thursday morning after a marathon markup that lasted nearly 15 hours and was dominated by debate over cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. The committee’s 3... Read more

Senate Passes Farm Bill With Crop Insurance Adjustments

June 26, 2012 The Senate completed work on the 2012 Farm Bill late last week, after nearly two weeks of negotiations, procedural votes, and votes on 73 amendments, several of which targeted the crop insurance industry. While crop insurers and agriculture groups were ... Read more

Senate Reaches Deal on Farm Bill Amendments

June 19, 2012 Democrat and Republican leadership finally reached an agreement on the number of amendments to be considered for the 2012 farm bill. More than 240 amendments were filed for floor debate, but under the terms of the agreement only 73 of those will be put ... Read more

Farm Bill Arrives on Senate Floor

June 12, 2012 In a lopsided 90-8 vote, the Senate on June 7 passed a procedural motion to put the Farm Bill on the floor, setting it up for debate and votes on a host of amendments including one that would potentially cut crop insurance. Because of the support the mo... Read more

NAMIC Calls for Action on Farm Bill Amendments

June 12, 2012 NAMIC is urging all senators to vote NO on any amendments that propose to cut, cap, or limit crop insurance in the 2012 Farm Bill through an Action Alert on the Legislative Action Center allowing members to contact their senators. There are several amen... Read more

Crop Insurance Becomes Target for Cuts by Environmental Group

June 5, 2012 The latest attack on crop insurance has come from an environmental group that recently waged a successful campaign against direct payments to farmers and is seeking further cuts to farm subsidies. The Environmental Working Group is releasing a multitude... Read more

Farm Bill Makes Its Way Through Committee

May 29, 2012 While the insurance industry has been watching the movement of the National Flood Insurance Program very closely, House and Senate Committees have been working to reauthorize another major piece of legislation that expires this year – the farm bill. The... Read more