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House Speaker John Boehner Announces Retirement, Ending Motion to Vacate the Chair

Today, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) announced to House Republicans that he is retiring from Congress at the end of October.  Boehner, now in his fifth year as Speaker of the House, faced a challenge no other House Speaker had faced in over a centur… Read More
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USDA Announces New Operating Margin Protection Crop Insurance Option

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Risk Management Agency (RMA) announced this week the availability of a new crop insurance coverage option that provides producers with coverage against an unexpected decrease in their operating margin… Read More
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RMA Announces Expanded Crop Insurance Options

USDA’s Risk Management Agency has issued a press release announcing an expansion of the crop insurance program to address losses due to severe weather. Among the changes, RMA has broadened the options for farmers who select the Supplemental Cov… 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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Federal Crop Insurance Sets Prices for Corn, Wheat, Cotton, and Soybeans

This week, USDA’s Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC) announced its projected prices for all FCIC crop insurance policies with March 15 sales deadlines for the 2014 crop year, including: Corn: $4.62 per bushel; Cotton: $0.78 per pound; Soybe… 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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