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26 07
2016
India - Farmer bodies oppose crop insurance scheme
Peasant organizations and opposition parties have opposed the Prime Minister Crop Insurance Scheme, which was launched by the Centre and adopted by Haryana's BJP government, terming it as "anti-farmer". Leader of opposition in the state assembly and senior INLD leader Abhay Singh Chautala claimed on Monday that the scheme was meant to benefit just insurance companies. Bharatiya Kisan Union (Rattan Singh Mann) on Monday undertook a 'padyatra' in Jhajjar, the home district of state agriculture minister Om Prakash Dhankar, to express their resentment, just days after the minister himself performed a similar yatra in support of the scheme.
26 07
2016
USA - Capping crop insurance subsidies is a long overdue initiative
To hear the agricultural lobby and farm state representatives in Congress tell it, making any cuts to the subsidies farmers receive from the federal government to help them buy crop insurance would absolutely devastate U.S. crop production. Such claims are repeated so often and so vociferously that the play no small role in helping the farm lobby beat back on any attempt to rein in their federal largesse, most recently in the November 2015 debate over a provision of the bipartisan budget act. It therefore might surprise some to learn that capping the premium subsidies a farmer may receive at $50,000 a year – as was proposed during the last farm bill negotiations by Sens.
26 07
2016
USA - New drone rules could help farmers and ag industry
They're aircraft without a human pilot aboard, and they go by many names. UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles), UASs (unmanned aerial systems) and drones are the most common. For a time, UAVs or UASs were the generally preferred term, in part because many in the industry thought drones carried unwarranted military and privacy concerns. But the public has clearly settled on drones, says Tim Kidwell, editor-in-chief of Drone360, a Milwaukee-based magazine that specializes in the aircraft.
26 07
2016
CGB Enterprises to Buy Everest Re’s Heartland for Crop Insurance
CGB Enterprises, the closely held provider of transportation and storage services, agreed to buy Heartland Crop Insurance from Everest Re Group Ltd. to expand its offerings to the agriculture industry. The seller will continue to bet on the business through a reinsurance arrangement with CGB, Bermuda-based Everest said in a statement Monday that didn’t disclose terms. The coverage guards farmers against weather-related setbacks or lower-than-expected revenue and is backed by the U.S. government.
26 07
2016
USA - Extreme drought hurting farmers in Chattanooga region
Scattered showers over the last few weeks have not eased extreme drought hurting farmers in and around the Chattanooga area. The latest U.S. Drought Monitor map shows extreme drought conditions in about half of Hamilton, Marion and Franklin counties as well as nearby counties in northwest Georgia and northeast Alabama. Georgia is driest, with the entire northern half of the state in extreme or severe drought. Norman Edwards is an agricultural extension agent for Walker County, Georgia. He says tougher crops like cotton and soybeans are surviving, but the corn crop is gone and so is most of the hay.
26 07
2016
USA - Dip in cantaloupe production from May rains
Cantaloupe growers on the western part of the San Joaquin Valley are experiencing a dip in production because of showers that hit fields in early May. The storms halted planting at that time, and the effects of that are just now being felt. “You can't plant if it's raining,” explained Jim Malanca with Westside Produce in Firebaugh, California. “The rain also stops growth of what's been recently planted, so seeds that hadn't germinated yet didn't grow. That's caused a lull in production.