By Tim Kowols
Farmers are keeping just as close of an eye on Capitol Hill as they are in their own fields. President Donald Trump’s budget proposal could bring cuts to subsidies some farmers need to keep their operations alive. According to Farm Bureau News, more than 80 percent of the counties with corn, soybeans, or wheat acreage could experience a lower revenue guarantee from agricultural risk coverage by 2019. Farmer and crop insurance agent Terry Sorenson says the real hardship will be by those who rely on crop insurance to protect their investment, which is subsidized by the federal government by as much as 45 percent.
Sorenson recommends farmers be proactive by contacting their legislators and local farm bureaus as work on a new farm bill begins.