According to a report recently released by the National Resources Defense Council, extreme conditions forced the government-supported Federal Crop Insurance Program to pay out a record $2 billion in 2012. The figure could have been sharply lower if proper crop management steps had been taken, the group claims.
NRDC has proposed a plan that would create a government sponsored program to offer reduced premium rates to farmers who adopt proven soil-building management practices. The group cited the use of cover crops, such as grasses and legumes that improve soil health and reduce runoff, no-till farming and an improved irrigation schedule as the best management practices.
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