Congressman Conaway Calls on Agriculture Department to Implement the Actual Production History Adjustment for the 2015 Crop Year
Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management Chairman K. Michael Conaway called on the Agriculture Department to implement the Actual Production History adjustment in 2015. The adjustment was part of the 2014 Farm Bill and allows farmers to prevent harvest years that are affected by severe weather from having a negative impact on the calculations determining their crop insurance coverage. "There are farmers and ranchers who have experienced severe drought for three years," Congressman Conaway said. "Many remain in severe drought this year. A good many of these areas are in D-4 drought condition. Despite all of this, we understand the department intends to administratively delay APH relief until 2016, the THIRD year of a FIVE year farm bill. I respectfully urge the department to respond to this natural disaster in states like Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Colorado and other states around the country with the same speed and determination as one would expect in the case of a wildfire or a hurricane."
While Under Secretary Scuse did not commit to implement the provision earlier than the fall of 2015, he did commit to go back and investigate and provide the committee with detail about potential timelines, and even consider a partial implementation for areas and crops most impacted by drought and losses in the farm bill.
Congressman Conaway also thanked Farm Service Agency Administrator Juan Garcia and his staff for quickly implementing livestock disaster assistance.