CIRB in the News

Recent Media Mentions

The below articles highlight recent mentions of CIRB and crop insurance in the media

March 2017: Coalitions Key For Conservation, Crop Insurance and Farm Program Success

It’s a time-honored tradition for any legislative advocate to look for partners who can align politically. Over the history of U.S. farm bills – dating back to the 1930s – the “traditional” farm organizations have aligned with a wide variety of other special interest organizations, ranging from labor unions to nutrition advocates and conservation groups. “The rules of the game have changed,” added Mike Torrey, principal and founder of Michael Torrey Associates. “Today, effective lobbying takes building alliances across industries and party affiliations. A single voice is not often heard, but a diverse coalition can elevate an issue and deliver real results. It’s not easy, but it is effective.”

January 2017: Covering Crop Insurance

Convention panel discusses threats to farmers’ safety nets. Tara Smith, vice president of federal affairs with Michael Torrey & Associates, a governmental affairs firm in Washington, D.C., that represents the crop insurance and reinsurance bureau, said private sector delivery, means testing and cuts to the premium discount are the areas she expects to see targeted in the coming year.

July 21: Steady As She Goes

The federal crop insurance program is financially sound and growing, but continues to look for ways to expand its offerings and reduce its already low improper payment rate, RMA Administrator Brandon Willis said.

February 26: Coalition Urges Congress to Protect Crop Insurance

A broadening alliance of farm, conservation and food industry groups are joining crop insurers to urge Congress to protect crop insurance in the federal budget. “As the Budget Committees develop and consider budget proposals for the year, we respectfully urge you to protect crop insurance and recognize its central importance to farmers, lenders and all of rural America,” said the 58-member coalition in a Feb. 25 letter sent to Capitol Hill.

December 3: Chairman Roberts Praises Passage of FAST Act and Restoration of Crop Insurance Cuts

U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today is pleased to announce House and Senate passage of H.R. 22, the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. The FAST Act includes a provision to restore a $3 billion crop insurance cut originally included in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015. During a colloquy on the Senate Floor in October, Chairman Roberts highlighted an agreement he brokered with Senate leadership to restore crop insurance funds by the end of the year. “When the cuts to crop insurance were announced earlier this year, the message from farm country could not have been clearer: do not target crop insurance,” Roberts said. 

December 1: Crop Insurance Cuts Restored in Highway Bill

The budget bill passed last month contained $3 billion in cuts to the crop insurance program, with promises to fix the cut in passage later this year. Tuesday the negotiated text of the long-term highway bill included language to restore the crop insurance cuts, gaining praise from agricultural interests. Crop industry associations called it a “disastrous provision that would have devastated crop insurance as we know it today, harming U.S. farmers and taxpayers alike.”

November 27: Southern Farm Network, Congress Needs to Hold True to Crop Insurance Promise  

In a ratio interview, Michael Torrey of CIRB, discusses how CIRB is determined to make sure Congress acts to roll back the cuts. He highlights the need for farmers and ranchers to get involved by pressing lawmakers to restore cuts to crop insurance in the next spending bill.

November 19: Politico Pro: Farm Groups Push Lawmakers to Keep Crop Insurance Commitment 

Farm groups are urging lawmakers to follow through with their promise to reverse crop insurance cuts contained in the budget deal, and to do so without making cuts to other farm bill programs. In a letter to the Senate on Thursday, the 49 agriculture organizations argue that the industry made money-saving efforts as part of the 2014 farm bill and warn that the “budget deal would gut the private sector delivery of crop insurance.”

October 29: Bloomberg: It’s Official: Crop Insurance, Bruised But Unbowed, Rules Policy 

If it wasn’t obvious before, it is now: In Washington farm policy, crop insurance rules. A move to limit profits for insurers and require the industry to renegotiate its terms with the government, designed to save $3 billion in the budget deal moving through Congress, instantly brought an all-hands-on-deck effort from the House and Senate agriculture committees to overturn the provisions. They seem to be succeeding. Support for crop insurance in Farm Belt districts is only slightly lower than that for motherhood and American flag lapel pins. 

October 29: (Senate Agriculture Committee) Chairman Roberts: Senate Leadership Commits to Bipartisan Fix to Restore Crop Insurance in Omnibus  

Having secured a commitment from House and Senate leadership to restore the federal crop insurance program in a year-end spending bill, U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., today announced his support for the Bipartisan Budget Act to ensure crop insurance remains the most important risk management tool for American producersRelease:    Senate Colloquy on Crop Insurance:Watch: 

October 27: Politico: Budget Deal Faces Last Minute Protest By Republicans 

House Republicans are facing a last-minute uprising against Speaker John Boehner’s budget deal, as dozens of GOP lawmakers are telling leadership they might vote against the package because of changes to crop insurance programs, and other concerns.