As negotiations on the farm bill come down to committee mark up, a compromise on linking crop insurance to conservation compliance has emerged.
AgriPulse Electronoic Newsletter has reported that environmental, conservation and commodity groups have agreed on linkage between crop insurance premium subsidies and compliance with USDA conservation programs.
Farmers who improperly farm highly erodible land or drain existing wetlands will be subject to loss of premium subsidies on crop insurance.
The phase in for conservation compliance may be up to five years if a plan is worked out.
More egregious actions by farmers may require crop insurers to impose penalties in the following year
The compromise was signed by 32 groups, including representatives of the crop insurance industry. Crop insurance would continue to be available to all, but premium assistance would be eliminated when certain circumstances occur.”