farmers News

Three Largest Home Insurers in Texas Plan to Raise Rates

Texas’ three largest home insurers are kicking off 2014 with steep increases in policyholder premiums, according to a report published Saturday. The Dallas Morning News reports that Allstate, Farmers and State Farm plan to raise rates for most current and …

Vermont Agriculture Agency Urges Farmers to Prepare for Flooding

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture is urging farmers and pet owners to take precautions ahead of heavy rains that could bring flooding to parts of the state. Farmers are urged to harvest early vegetable crops in flood plain fields that …

Louisiana Farms and Timber Still Recovering From Drought

North Louisiana farmers and timber growers say they’re beginning to recover from drought in 2010 and 2011. But The Times of Shreveport reports it will take time to rebuild cattle herds and that trees stressed by the drought could continue …

Trimble Partners With Great American Insurance to Automate Crop Reporting

Trimble announced a strategic alliance with Great American Insurance Group to help farmers automate their crop insurance reporting under the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Federal Crop Insurance Program. The new recordkeeping system makes it possible for Farm Works users …

High Water in North Sparks Dutch Evacuations

Dozens of farmers were warned to evacuate land north of the Dutch capital Thursday as a dike protecting the area threatened to collapse. Local mayor Ben Plandsoen told national broadcaster NOS that a polder – reclaimed land that is drained …

Montana Farmers Get Hail Insurance Refund

The state says that Montana farmers who bought hail insurance will be getting a 25 percent refund. The Montana Hail Board made the decision after reviewing at a recent actuarial report at its annual meeting. The Montana Department of Agriculture …

Arkansas Court Affirms $50M Verdict for Rice Farmers

The Arkansas Supreme Court has affirmed a nearly $50 million verdict for farmers who claim they suffered economic losses after genetically altered rice seeds produced by Bayer CropScience contaminated the food supply and hurt their crop prices. Before Thursday’s ruling, …

Congress Moves to Create New Farm Subsidy

Farm-state lawmakers are moving to create a whole new subsidy that would protect farmers when their revenue drops – an unprecedented program that critics say could pay billions of dollars to farmers now enjoying record-high crop prices. The subsidy, free …

Farmers Can Sign Up for Crop Aid Starting Nov. 14

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says farmers hit hard by bad weather in 2010 can begin applying for supplemental revenue assistance payments – known as SURE – on Nov. 14. All Mississippi counties and most Louisiana parishes were declared agricultural …

Drought, Flooding Cause Hard Times for Farmers in Arkansas, Louisiana

In a year when severe drought scorched the Southwest, a hurricane drowned crops in the East, and river flooding swamped farms in the Midwest, one of the worst places to be a farmer may be just west of the Mississippi …