No ad-hoc disaster relief program is perfect. With the possibility of a permanent disaster program in the next farm bill, lawmakers are trying to lay the groundwork for better policy. “Everyone likes the idea of building on top of crop insurance,” said Tom Sell, managing partner, Combest, Sell and Associates. “Some people prefer the idea of building into crop insurance. Why don’t we just provide more cost share for higher levels of coverage or cover more of the expected revenue on a crop or allow producers to purchase at higher levels and putting responsibility back on producers?”
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