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To Fix FEMA’s National Flood Insurance, Take a Page From USDA’s Federal Crop Insurance (Part 1 of a 2 Part Series)

It will take months to calculate the damage Hurricanes Harvey and Irma unleashed on Texas, Louisiana, Florida, and other states this summer: lives lost, homes destroyed, businesses wrecked, property damage in the tens of billions of dollars.  But be… Read More
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Texas and Florida Farmers: Time to Face Crop Loss

It will take months to calculate the damage Hurricanes Harvey and Irma unleashed this summer on the states of Texas, Louisiana, and Florida: dozens of lost lives, hundreds of thousands of destroyed homes, tens of billions in property damage and untol… Read More
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John Block: Budget

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block Back in March, President Trump gave us a look at his budget plan. Although without much detail, it made clear to us that one of his highest priorities was to downsize the federal government. And, he would do tha… Read More
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Ken Ackerman’s Newest Book, TROTSKY IN NEW YORK, 1917, Set for Release in September 2016

This week, Counterpoint Press announced the release of the newest book by OFW Law’s own Ken Ackerman called TROTSKY IN NEW YORK, 1917: A Radical on the Eve of Revolution.   Far afield from agriculture and crop insurance — Ken’s usual spec… Read More
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Crop Insurance: Priority # 1

As published in Agri-Pulse “I have sometimes thought it might be well to establish an office of insurance for farms against the damage that may occur to them from storms, blights, insects, etc. A small sum paid by a number would repair such los… Read More
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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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Arbitration in Federal Crop Insurance AIP-Farmer Disputes

This past year, USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA), which administers the Federal crop insurance program on behalf of USDA’s Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC), quietly issued three new regulatory interpretations with deep implications fo… Read More
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Agriculture Trumped in the Primaries

By Marshall Matz, as published in Agri-Pulse As far as politics goes, there is one and only one issue that will dominate 2016…who will be elected the next President of the United States on November 8.  After the primaries and caucuses, and come… Read More
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