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Corn and soybean growers eye crop insurance in the farm bill   

Maintaining a safety net in the farm bill remains a priority for many corn and soybean growers in the Midwest.

Scott Smith, president of the Indiana Corn Growers Association, says legislators should have a sense of urgency when developing the 2023 Farm Bill.

“I would like to see it go forward a little quicker than it is. We’ve had a good farm bill in the past and I’d like to see (lawmakers) proceed and provide us with a safety net going forward,” he says. “We really need that with our high production costs. We need to have a crop insurance that we can afford to provide that safety net so we can continue to farm and do what we do.”

Smith raises corn for ethanol, seed soybeans, and processing tomatoes in Tipton County.

Central Indiana Farmer Phil Ramsey serves on the American Soybean Association Board of Directors.

“We’re encouraging things within the farm bill to stay somewhat the same,” he says. “Crop insurance is a big one. We want that to stay at the same level.”

Ramsey raises corn, soybeans, and wheat in Shelby County.

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