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  •  Crop insurance not "insurance" in strict sense (1+ / 0-)
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    Farming is somewhat variable - depending on the weather, yields can vary from year to year.  The crop insurance is provided by the Federal Govt to help farmers if their crops fail in a bad year.  The problem with farming is that it does not work on the same timetable as a business.

    •  Crop insurance makes a lot of sense (1+ / 0-)
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      and even properly targeted farm subsidies. Farm subsidies that protect wetlands and prevent land concentration make a certain amount of sense.  But it is so easy for corporations and the wealthy to manipulate the system.

      The problem is, the farm subsidies are designed to enrich the agroindustrial farmers, not the small farmers who were supposed to benefit back during the depression.  And then there are the really destructive farm subsidies that support special interests, such as the sugar industry in Florida. There's no real reason why we pay such huge sums to Florida sugar producers, who have pumped so much mercury into local water reserves that you can no longer eat fresh water fish in the Everglades.

      “If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.” Charles Darwin

      by ivorybill on Thu May 23, 2013 at 03:42:30 PM PDT

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    •  Crop insurance works just like (0+ / 0-)

      homeowners flood insurance - it's sold through private insurance companies and backed by the federal government.  Insurance for some crops is offered through the USDA, basically for free, but for crops not insurable directly through a government agency, insurance is sold by private companies with government guarantees.

      "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

      by SueDe on Thu May 23, 2013 at 06:17:45 PM PDT

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