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Growers Want Crop Insurance Protected in Farm Bill

Americans will be giving thanks for many things during the holidays, including the farmers and ranchers who provide the food on our Thanksgiving tables. National Crop Insurance Services recently interviewed farmers in Michigan about the importance of crop insurance. These stories and more are featured at Crop Insurance in America dot org. Michigan blueberry farmer Shelly Hartmann is passionate about blueberries. But growing a specialty crop comes with risks.

“There are so many risks in agriculture these days, it’s very difficult to be able to do everything precisely right. Crop insurance is really a big tool that we use here to help us offset any unexpected weather events, production losses, market loss as well. We need to protect crop insurance.”

Michigan organic farmer Michael Sahr also relies on crop insurance to protect his family farm.

“We’ve been there 130 years. Our family. I’m pretty proud of that. Crop insurance has been a great advocate for the farmers to keep them floating. Without crop insurance, we’d have so much devastation that the farmers would go out of business, and you would be paying a lot more money for your food.”

Michigan crop insurance agent David Colville has a message for Congress as they consider the next farm bill.

“A lot of people depend on agriculture in this area and it’s important as an agent to keep them protected. I would like Congress to do no harm.”

Crop insurance gives American farmers flexible tools to protect their operations, and the confidence to keep growing after disaster. That’s why farmers trust crop insurance to insure more than 490 million acres of American farmland. National Crop Insurance Services gives a special thanks this holiday season for all of America’s farmers and ranchers, and invites you to watch these stories and more at CropInsuranceinAmerica.org.