Numbers released Monday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture confirm what many U.S. farmers already knew — that the weather has made this year the worst planting season on record. Heavy rainfall, flooding and other adverse events prevented more than 19.4 million acres of crops from being planted across the country.
The catastrophic crop loss highlights an issue that has been on the radar of the Manitoba small-farm movement for some time. For producers like Justin Girard, there is no such thing as crop insurance. While Manitoba Agriculture Services Corporation insures vegetable acres, commercial vegetable growers must grow a minimum of three acres of each crop for it to be eligible for insurance.
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