Ad-hoc disaster programs were part of Wednesday’s House Agriculture Subcommittee hearing on the efficacy of the farm safety net. House Ag Committee Ranking Member Glenn “G.T.” Thompson said a more permanent disaster program is being considered. “I have three guiding principles for any potential standing disaster program. It must compliment, not compete with crop insurance. It should be easy to implement, reliable and respond quickly to disaster events. If Chairman David Scott is willing to work within those three principles, I’m looking forward to working with him to craft the best policy possible.” Thompson asked witnesses, like Cannon Falls, Minnesota-based crop insurance agent Robert Tate, to give feedback on the WHIP+ program. “My personal experience is all of the data is there in the program to implement through the crop insurance industry, quicker than the FSA.” Watch the hearing.
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