Just days ago major farm groups at Commodity Classic reaffirmed their interests to protect crop insurance from budget cuts. On Tuesday, critics will again be on Capitol Hill calling on Congress to overhaul the entire crop-insurance program.
Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., and Rep. John Duncan, R-Tenn., will join staff from Environmental Working Group and an organization called the R Street Institute, as well as Bruce Babcock, an agricultural economic professor at Iowa State University.
It's unclear what critics of the program will be raising today. Last year, EWG suggested major savings by shifting the program responsibilities over to the Farm Service Agency and out of the hands of companies. It would be a little hard to imagine Flake and Duncan advocating that position.
Also today, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will appear before the House Agriculture Committee to talk about the state of the agricultural economy and likely take questions from congressmen about implementing sequester cuts as well.
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