#ProtectCropInsurance was the rallying cry for the troops at the recent Crop Insurance and Reinsurance Bureau (CIRB) annual meeting, and this week’s release of the White House budget proposing deep cuts in the program illustrates what the industry is up against to continuing providing farmers with risk management tools.
CIRB Executive Vice President Michael Torrey they are helping to educate people, especially members of Congress, about the importance of crop insurance to the nation trying to dispel common misconceptions. “Developing the myth-facts sheets, creating the social media tool kits – it’s made a big difference,” he said.
Attendance was up at the annual meeting this year and the third class of the Emerging Leaders Program was the largest yet, so Torrey says they are mobilized to take their message to Capitol Hill for the 2018 farm bill discussions. “I don’t know that we’ve ever moved into a farm bill with so much uncertainty and so many moving parts,” said Torrey.
Listen to Torrey’s address to membership and interview below –
Michael Torrey Remarks
In case you missed the CIRB annual meeting, here are some helpful links –