"2018 Farm Bill" may help local farmers in need of crop insurance

Published: Jun. 20, 2019 at 1:31 PM EDT
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An advisor of Senator Sherrod Brown made a stop in Bowling Green today to talk about Ohio agriculture. Specifically, the 2018 Farm Bill and how it may be able to help local farmers in a pinch right now.

Thursday morning inside the Agricultural Incubator Foundation in Bowling Green a group of people from local politicians, legislators, farmers and even students came together to discuss the 2018 Farm Bill.

An advisor of Senator Brown presented the key facts of the bill. Big questions came up about insurance, since many local farmers haven't been able to plant crops in time or feed livestock due to the historic rainfall this year.

"We serve around 6,000 farmers across Northern Ohio and with the weather conditions we've been experiencing over the last couple months, there's just a lot to learn about crop insurance. Things are very stressful out there. There's a lot of anxiety out there and we need to figure out some solutions and ways to help our farmers," said Brian Ricker. He's the CEO of agricultural lender AgCredit.

"We did not get any corn planted and only about one third of our soybeans planted. So, it's going to impact us greatly this year. Mainly the crop insurance. Some of the programs like CRP he [the advisor] talked about will impact in the future years down the road, but won't be helpful this year," said Wayne Irwin of Irwin Farms in Wood County.

The current flooded fields will cause ripple effects and it could take years for some farms to fully recover.

"The real crunch will really happen later this fall when normally the crop would be harvested, cash would be coming in," said Ricker.