Kansas Senator Jerry Moran says the next federal farm bill is likely to cut back or eliminate some farm subsidies. The Republican from Manhattan says that while many lawmakers are focused on cutting spending, he's hoping to protect money allocated to support the federal crop insurance program.
Moran says that Kansas farmers' need for crop insurance has been shown in recent years, with drought and late spring freezes among the challenges they've been facing.
“Crop insurance is a tool, a public-private partnership that farmers pay premiums, but the product is subsidized so that it’s affordable, allowing farmers to put seed back in the ground and start another crop when one fails,” Moran says.
The ag committees in both the U.S. House and Senate are expected to start debating and amending versions of a new farm bill this month.