Chairman Frank Lucas issued the following statement welcoming the news that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will move forward with implementing the Actual Production History (APH) adjustment for 2015 spring-planted crops. This crop insurance provision in the Agricultural Act of 2014 allows yield adjustments when losses are widespread and beyond the control of producers.
Chairman Combest Statement: President May Break Crop Insurance Promise to Farmers
House Agriculture Committee Chairman Larry Combest (R-Texas) expressed concern regarding reports the president may fail to live up to crop insurance reform, promised during his State of the Union Address:
"The president seems to be repeating an all-too familiar pattern of promises without performance. His budget proposal must not fail to include meaningful funding for meaningful change in crop insurance, as he promised farmers in his State of the Union Address.
"The president should come on board with crop insurance reform. This is a big problem that needs adequate commitment. He should have a funding proposal that fulfills his call for an appropriate means to address the problem."