AGree Conservation and Crop Insurance Task Force

Recent News:

(06/20/18) Diverse Agriculture Groups Urge the Senate to Support Senate Agriculture Committee's Farm Bill, S. 3042: A bipartisan coalition of producers, state commodity organizations, former USDA leaders, supply chain companies, researchers, and environmental and conservation groups have signed a letter thanking the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry for voting S. 3042, the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, out of committee. The signatories also urge the U.S. Senate to retain several important provisions as the bill is debated on the Senate floor.


(06/11/18) Press Release on the Senate Farm Bill: AGree’s Conservation and Crop Insurance Task Force (CCITF) applauds the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry for releasing a bipartisan farm bill. The bill includes important provisions that will harness the power of agricultural data to provide farmers and policymakers with insights into the impacts of conservation practices on farm and ranch profitability, yield variability, and risk while protecting producer privacy. The bill also improves federal guidance on conservation practices for crop insurance determinations and establishes a process for crop insurance premium discounts on risk-reducing conservation practices. Read the full press release here.

About the Task Force:

The Task Force  is a diverse group of experts – including agricultural producers, researchers and academics, former USDA leadership, and representatives from farmer-based organizations, and environmental and conservation NGOs.  The Task Force’s goal is to lay the groundwork for increased adoption of conservation practices across the United States, while maintaining a viable and defensible federal crop insurance program.

The group works collaboratively with diverse interests to devise practical strategies for empowering farmers to adopt conservation practices on working lands while maintaining a viable crop insurance program.

The group is advocating for key provisions in the 2018 farm bill to achieve its goal. These include:

  • Stronger data management systems at USDA that would give researchers the ability to study the impacts of conservation practices on crop yields, farm and ranch profitability, and environmental outcomes, while maintaining producer privacy and anonymity
  • Improved federal guidance on conservation practices that will remove roadblocks for producers and facilitate widespread adoption of conservation practices

Consensus guiding principles govern the Task Force’s work. Since 2013, members have produced research and analysis, actively engaged with USDA and members of Congress, and established trusted relationships with key agricultural stakeholders across the country. They are focused on building broad support for practical solutions that are grounded in peer-reviewed research.

The Task Force is an initiative of AGree, which drives positive change in the food and agriculture system by connecting and challenging leaders from diverse communities to elevate food and agriculture as a national priority. AGree is housed at Meridian Institute, a nonprofit that designs and facilitates collaborative solutions to improve lives, the economy, and the environment.