Ballooning cost estimates for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program are likely to paint a bigger target on the farm bill’s nutrition title heading when lawmakers start drafting the bill in the next Congress.
The Biden administration wants to make more farmers eligible for insurance when they grow wheat and soybeans in the same crop year, but some industry experts doubt the plan will do as much as the White House hopes in scaling up wheat production.
A crop insurance product that allows farmers to insure their entire operation under one policy has seen ups and downs since it became available under the 2014 farm bill. Whole Farm Revenue Protection (WFRP) grew out of the former Adjusted Growth Revenue and AGR-lite pilot programs that date back to 2008.
The Biden administration is working on new ideas to increase crop production this year, including getting Congress to eliminate the penalty for planting after a prevent-plant insurance claim, says Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.
With the 2022 midterm elections fast approaching, Republicans have their eyes set on capturing the House – and potentially the Senate – for the first time since 2016, while Democrats seek to hold onto control of at least one chamber.