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A Tale of Two Maps: Why Crop Insurance Is Different.

People often ask why Washington has to involve itself at all in providing crop insurance to American farmers. After all, homeowners across the country buy fire insurance, individuals buy life insurance, business owners buy casualty and liability insu… Read More
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RMA’s 2.2 Percent “Improper Payment” Rate: Why this Matters.

At the recent crop insurance industry conference in Indian Wells, California, Brandon Willis, administrator of USDA’s Risk Management Agency or RMA, surprised many and made some trade-press headlines by announcing a seemingly-obscure statistic: tha… Read More
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For Crop Insurance AIPs, a New Financial Environment

USDA’s Federal crop insurance program has benefited from a unique public-private partnership that is one of the most successful in government.  USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) and Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC) set the insurance p… Read More
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Crop Insurance Appropriations - A Clue for the next SRA?

The great battle for the 2014 Farm Bill is thankfully over, but that hasn’t stopped the U.S. Congress from continuing to tinker with Federal Crop Insurance. Most recently, in late May, the House and Senate Appropriations Committees each voted t… Read More
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For Drought-Hit Farmers, USDA’s Federal Crop Insurance Can Help, But Only If You Understand the Rules

The severe drought that had plagued the American Southwest over the past three years – the worst in modern memory – has taken a toll on many local businesses, taxpayers, and homeowners, but among its worst casualties have been American fa… Read More
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Farm Bill Redefines Dairy and Trade Activities

By Nathan Fretz On February 7, the President signed the Agricultural Act of 2014 (the “Farm Bill”) into law.  Over a series of blog posts, we will focus on various provisions within the Farm Bill, with a particular focus on some of the provision… Read More
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The 2014 Farm Bill: The Challenge for Farm Producers

The 2014 Farm Bill creates a new environment for American agriculture far more friendly to producers who are experienced and comfortable using USDA’s Federal crop insurance program under the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC).  Not only did… Read More
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The 2014 Farm Bill: A Challenge for Federal Crop Insurance AIPs

Companies participating in USDA’s Federal crop insurance program (Approved Insurance Providers or “AIPs”) have much to like about the new 2014 Farm Bill being finalized on Capitol Hill this week.  Congress repealed a slew of traditional agricu… Read More
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RMA “Self Certification”: Can Federal Crop Insurance AIPs Rely on It In Defending Against Farmer Claims?

Federal crop insurance provided by USDA’s Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC) and participating private companies (Approved Insurance Providers or AIPs) is often described as a program based on “self-certification.”  Farmers annually rep… Read More
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OFW Law Wins Arbitration Decision Against Major Crop Insurance Company – Federal Agency Not Always Entitled to Deference in Interpretation of Its Rules

OFW Law recently prevailed in Arbitration on behalf of a farm producer against a major insurance provider under USDA’s Federal crop insurance program.  The case hinged on whether a foreign individual with an ownership interest several layers remov… Read More
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