The Coalition supports policies that incentivize the adoption of conservation practices across U.S. working lands; we believe that they can reduce producers’ long-term risk, in addition to improving soil health and water quality. As part of our overall effort, we advocate for federal risk management programs that encourage farmers to implement these practices.
Therefore, we recommend:
- Making the long-term sustainability of agriculture part of the foundational purpose of the crop insurance program.
- Recognizing Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) practices and enhancements as Good Farming Practices without exception.
- Ensuring that all cover crop determinations are made through the Good Farming Practices procedures, utilizing the expertise of local agricultural experts, such as
- NRCS and Cooperative Extension, when available.
- The NRCS cover crop guidelines, when local expertise is not available
- Ensuring that claims adjusters and crop insurance agents are informed about the use and benefits of conservation practices.
- Ensuring that farmers can access assistance in understanding the appeals process when their claims are denied.
- Bringing the NRCS’ voice to the Federal Crop Insurance Corporations Board
These recommendations represent key steps for reducing roadblocks to increased conservation, maintaining a strong crop insurance program that acknowledges and supports the risk-reducing benefits of environmentally sound farming practices.
These papers published by the AGree Coalition explore complex and controversial aspects of the federal crop insurance program, alongside creative ideas for change.