New Farm Bill Overview
A new Federal Farm Bill could help farmers protect their crops from disastrous losses.
That could prevent a repeat of big losses farmers suffered last years because of record rainfall and flooding.
Fruit and vegetable grower Danny McConnell says the bill passed by the House of Representatives includes new coverage for some of the crops he grows.
That includes experimental strawberries hes growing in his greenhouses to plant in about two months.
The new Farm Bill will now pay the full value for these plants, along with his raspberry and blackberry crops, in case of a disaster.
He says that could encourage some farmers to get into the business or survive crop losses.
He says when lenders know farmers have a safety net of crop insurance, it could give them assurance the farmer would be able to make loan payments despite a crop disaster.
Insurance is just one part of the new Farm Bill moving through Congress.
It also provides money for research to protect crops from insects and disease and it allows research to come up with new crops farmers can plant here in the mountains.
The Senate must pass the bill before it becomes law.