FARM BUSINESS NEWS
Minding Ag's Business
Marcia Zarley Taylor DTN Executive Editor
Tue May 21, 2013 03:52 PM CDT


Journalists are supposed to make the complex simple. What I am about to say involves crop insurance, so I apologize in advance.

Much has been debated recently about how much crop insurance costs in taxpayer subsidies. For the last year I've read more actuarial data, Risk Management Agency reports, Environmental Working Group exposes and insurance industry retorts than I care to remember. As Congress begins debate, it's worth a little fact checking. Don't err by saying a record $17.2 billion in claims paid to date on the 2012 crop are the true cost of the program. The real cost includes ...

Quick View
  • Xtend Moves Forward USDA has issued its final environmental impact statement recommending full deregulation of Monsan...
  • Land Market What could the next year hold for land values?
  • No Agreement on Tax Extenders White House spokesman Josh Earnest on Monday said in his daily briefing that the White House woul...
  • Senior Partners - 4 At-your-service consultants help you walk through estate planning from start to finish.
  • Dow's Gutsy Decision Dow's decision to launch Enlist offers some hand-selected growers a chance to test drive new tech...
  • Congress Reaches Funding Deal The overall Agriculture Department and related agencies bill would cost $20.5 billion for fiscal ...
  • Need To Bee Accurate A news story had the wires buzzing Tuesday afternoon after a report that EPA was set to restrict ...
  • Kub's Den The Dakotas lost more than $130 million in grain revenue during the 2013-14 marketing year compar...
  • Ask the Vet What can I do to improve udder quality in my herd?
Related News Stories
Senior Partners - 4
Year-End Tax Panic
Ag Interest Rate Snapshot
Klinefelter: By the Numbers
Automating the Farm Workload
Pillars of Leadership