Thanks to Farm Bureau lobby, U.S. taxpayers on the hook for insuring farmers against growing climate risks

by Georgina Gustin, InsideClimate News

Like every Midwestern farmer, Jerry Peckumn relies on a few things going right every season. Rain, but no deluge. Sunshine, but no heat wave. A timely cycling of the seasons.

Peckumn is a progressive, conservation-minded farmer who’s deeply concerned about the impact of the changing climate on his farm. He knows nature isn’t controllable and the weather is getting more erratic. So, like hundreds of thousands of American farmers, he relies on federal crop insurance.

“I’d quit farming if I didn’t have crop insurance,” Peckumn said, sitting at his kitchen table in central Iowa this summer, surrounded by corn and soybeans in every direction.

Read more: https://insideclimatenews.org/news/31122018/crop-insurance-farm-bureau-taxpayer-subsidies-climate-change-risk-rising?utm_source=InsideClimate+News&utm_campaign=bfded7af77-&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_29c928ffb5-bfded7af77-327824881

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