PHOTOS: BUSTOS, THOMPSON FORMALLY LAUNCH CROP INSURANCE CAUCUS, HOST FIRST BRIEFING

WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) and Congressman Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (PA-15) formally launched the Congressional Crop Insurance Caucus and held the first briefing. Also joining the caucus are Representatives Cindy Axne (IA-03), Mike Bost (IL-12), Salud Carbajal (CA-24), TJ Cox (CA-21), Angie Craig (MN-02), Rodney Davis (IL-13), Alcee Hastings (FL-23), Dave Loebsack (IA-02) and Jeff Van Drew (NJ-02).

“Farmers in Illinois are facing tough times right now and, as a member of the Agriculture Committee, I’ll always have their backs,” Congresswoman Bustos said. “This bipartisan Crop Insurance Caucus will work arm-in-arm to educate other members about the importance of a strong farm safety net and agricultural economy.”

Joining Representatives Bustos and Thompson for today’s briefing were the American Association of Crop Insurers, Crop Insurance Reinsurance Bureau, Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America, National Association of Professional Insurance Agents, National Crop Insurance Services and the Farm Credit Council. Additionally, Ron Moore – an Illinois soybean farmer and Board Member of the American Soybean Association – spoke about the importance of crop insurance for producers.

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Click here for quotes in support of the Crop Insurance Caucus.

Click here to listen to Congresswoman Bustos discuss the Crop Insurance Caucus.

BACKGROUND

As a member of the House Agriculture Committee, Congresswoman Bustos has been a champion for Illinois farmers. She helped write, negotiate and pass two bipartisan Farm Bills and most recently served on the House-Senate Conference Committee to get the 2018 bill to the president’s desk and signed into law. Congresswoman Bustos has also been a fierce defender of crop insurance – standing up to President Trump’s budget, which proposed billions in cuts to the program. In 2015, she helped save the crop insurance program from elimination after it was removed from a budget deal.

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