29 Nov '11, 12pm

One of the great battles of the 2012 Farm Bill might concern ... (drumroll) ... crop insurance!

One of the great battles of the 2012 Farm Bill might concern ... (drumroll) ... crop insurance!

2011 was a record year for liability, with drought in Kansas, Texas, and Oklahoma, and Hurricane Irene taking out crops along the Eastern seaboard. Photo: Bob Gutowski One of the great battles of the 2012 Farm Bill might concern ... (drumroll) ... crop insurance! Don't roll your eyes: At $8 billion, it's the largest part of the current farm bill budget that actually has to do with farms (as opposed to what is literally the largest part, which deals with food stamps). According to a leaked document containing a set of recommendations by the House and Senate Agriculture Committees to the now-defunct supercommittee, the Ag committee's key priority this time around was to increase federally subsidized crop insurance, even if it meant cutting the direct payments that were so entrenched in earlier bills. Direct payments are admittedly a lot harder to defend than they were even f...

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