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Crop Insurance That Conserves?

posted on February 19, 2015 by Ferd Hoefner and Bruce Knight
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Is it possible to grow more food, increase profits for farmers, and improve the environment along the way – just by changing the way we insure crop loss? Based on anecdotal evidence, this reality may be well within reach; during the drought of 2012, Midwest producers who used conservation practices, such as cover crops, experienced lower yield losses. Given this and other similar emerging evidence that conservation practices lead to lower crop losses, could the federal crop insurance program recognize these practices as risk mitigation strategies?