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· President Biden Calls Insurance to Encourage Double Cropping 'A Risk We Need to Take'
· Biden: Double Crop Because 'We Can't Take Any Chances'
Biden Pushes for More Crop Production
President Biden Calls Insurance to Encourage Double Cropping 'A Risk We Need to Take'
By Chris Clayton, DTN/Progressive Farmer
OMAHA (DTN) -- The American Soybean Association was among the groups crediting the White House for finding ways to incentivize farmers to double-crop acres and increase the use of precision technology while the administration also looks for ways to boost the production of domestic fertilizer.
On Wednesday, President Joe Biden used an Illinois farm as a backdrop to highlight his administration's moves meant to spur increased crop production in the face of global crop and food stresses brought on by the Russian invasion of Ukraine. "Farmers are the breadbasket of democracy. You really are," the president said.
"America is fighting on two fronts," he said, pointing to inflation and rising prices domestically, while in Ukraine for democracy, "as well as feeding those really hungry around the world because Russian atrocities exist."
Biden highlighted challenges in Ukraine, including 20 million metric tons of grain that cannot get out of the country into export markets right now. He noted the Russians have cut off critical access to the Black Sea and port cities. "If those tons don't get to market, an awful lot of people in Africa are going to starve to death because they are the sole supplier of a number of African countries," Biden said.
Biden also noted U.S. farmers have been slow to plant this spring because it's been slow and wet, though temperatures have dramatically jumped this week. It was more than 90 degrees Fahrenheit on Wednesday in the northeastern Illinois area where Biden spoke. The president said the cold, wet April put Midwest farmers "behind the eight-ball," but they are now catching up.
"They have been kept from getting into the fields and planting crops but, just to share, American farmers always find a way."
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Biden: Double Crop Because 'We Can't Take Any Chances'
By Jenna Hoffman, FarmJournal’s Pork
May 11, 2022
Farm policy took center stage on Wednesday in Kankakee, Ill. President Biden visited OC Farms, owned by Jeff and Eugenia O’Connor.
During the visit, Biden—along with USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack—announced the administration’s latest efforts to alleviate rising costs on American’s pocketbooks through additional agricultural funding.
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Double Crop to Drop Inflated Food Costs
In late April, USDA introduced a proposal to Congress, pleading for additional funding to offset costs resulting from the war in Ukraine. Part of the proposed funding included $250 million to aid U.S. producers to increase crop volumes through double cropping.
During the visit on Wednesday, Biden shared USDA will raise from $250 million to $500 million, and open the double cropping insurance floor to a total of 1,935 counties—up 681 counties from the initial announcement.
USDA says double cropping will boost production without substituting crops or cultivating new land. While the department recognizes there are risks associated with the practice, Biden says his team has a plan to overcome those risks.
“The growing season for wheat is short and if the weather conditions aren’t ideal or there are other disruptions, then the timing of everything is thrown off,” says Biden. “But it’s a risk we need to take and that’s why my administration is looking at how to extend crop insurance coverage to give financial security to farmers.”
Following the announcement, Vilsack boarded a plane to Germany for the G7 summit where, he and fellow agriculturalists will devise a plan to overcome food loses due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
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