National Pork Producers Council wants catastrophic insurance in next farm bill

The National Pork Producers Council has a novel request for the next farm bill. 

NPPC president Terry Wolters says the Council is requesting a catastrophic insurance-type program in the 2023 Farm Bill.

“That would allow producers to have a better comfort level and understanding in the event that ASF or some other foreign animal disease were to enter the continent, they would have an understanding of how that might be able to work in their business model.”

Speaking to Brownfield during Minnesota Pork Congress in Mankato Tuesday, he says an African swine fever outbreak in the U.S. would be disastrous and pork producers need protection.

“I may not be the farm that’s infected (but) I’m in the control zone and I have to eliminate my herd for the protection of others. Well how does that affect me when I really wasn’t even the one that was infected? So those discussions are going on as to how we might be able to do it.”

Wolters says it would be similar to other disaster aid programs where circumstances are out of the farmers’ control.

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