Ben Steffen of Richardson County produces milk, corn, soybeans, wheat and hay on his farm near Humboldt in southeast Nebraska. He milks 135 cows and raises crops on 1,900 acres. He testified at the Senate Agriculture Committee held a hearing Thursday on federal programs that help farmers survive financially when faced with natural disasters such as drought, fire and freeze.
“We put our investment in that program right alongside the investment that taxpayers of this nation have invested,” Steffen said, “and it’s an investment in food security for our nation—in a plentiful food supply, an inexpensive food supply, and the highest quality food supply anywhere in the world.”
Steffen says crop insurance “is not a fountain of free money”. He says that in the 11 years prior to 2012, his operation paid in more money in premiums than it received in indemnity payments. He calls crop insurance "a valuable investment with a high return. We put our investment in that program right alongside the investment that taxpayers of this nation have invested."
to listen to Steffen's interview with Brownfield Ag.