President Joe Biden visited an Illinois farm Wednesday to announce action for U.S. farmers in the wake of the Russia/Ukraine war. The measures include increasing the number of counties eligible for double cropping insurance. The Biden administration is seeking to expand insurance for double cropping to as many as 681 additional counties, bringing the total number of counties where this practice qualifies for crop insurance to as many as 1,935, so more American farmers have the financial security to start or expand double cropping.
Biden; “The real reason I’m here is to thank American farmers, thank farmers, you feed America, you get us through, you got us through a pandemic, and you’re literally the backbone of our country, it’s not hyperbole, but you’re also feed the world. And we’re seeing with Putin’s war in Ukraine, you’re like the backbone of freedom.”
Another measure would cut costs for farmers by increasing technical assistance for technology-driven precision agriculture and other nutrient management tools. The third measure would double funding for domestic fertilizer production. President Biden is doubling his initial $250 million investment in domestic fertilizer production to $500 million to lower costs and boost availability for farmers, so they can obtain the inputs they need at prices they can afford to maximize yields.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack explains; “Reduce the risk of double cropping, which will increase supplies and that obviously will help to lower costs and also provide more supply for global food security needs. And doubling the challenge and doubling the resources available to develop our own domestically produced fertilizer, very important in the long-term.”