GAO Seeks Insurance Cuts
Chris Clayton DTN Ag Policy Editor
Mon Mar 23, 2015 02:30 PM CDT

OMAHA (DTN) -- Capping crop-insurance subsidies for the highest-income farmers would have minimal effect on the program, though the savings in federal dollars from such a move might not be as large as expected.

That was the conclusion reached by the Government Accountability Office in a report released Wednesday analyzing the impact if means testing were put in effect to reduce premium subsidies for the largest 1% of farmers.

Yet, cutting the premium subsidies for the largest farmers also doesn't appear to generate significant savings for the crop insurance program. If premium subsides had been cut by 15 percentage points ...

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