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Insuring Less to Save More
Tue Nov 12, 2013 09:06 AM CST

MANHATTAN, Kan. (DTN) -- In their increasingly urgent efforts to preserve underground water resources, the semantics of the crop insurance industry could be Kansas farmers' greatest enemy.

The USDA Risk Management Agency's inflexible definition of irrigation gives farmers unattractive options if they don't use their full irrigation allocation every year -- allocations that some regions in western Kansas are voluntarily trying to trim.

At the two-day Governor's Conference on the Future of Water in Kansas in Manhattan last week, farmers, ranchers, government agencies, academics and industry representatives gathered to discuss the state's dwindling water ...

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