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PIA Praises Passage of Senate Farm Bill With Strong Support of Crop Insurance, NFIP Extension

PIA praised the passage by the U.S. Senate of S. 3042, the 2018 Farm Bill.
June 28, 2018

WASHINGTON – The National Association of Professional Insurance Agents (PIA) praised the passage by the U.S. Senate of S. 3042, the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, more popularly known as the 2018 Farm Bill. The bill passed today by a vote of 86-11.

Like the House Farm Bill which passed last week, the Senate Farm bill recognizes the importance of a strong agricultural safety net through crop insurance and contained only slight changes to the federal crop insurance program. Grassroots advocacy from PIA members across the country helped ensure that the harmful amendments to cut crop insurance through imposing an Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) limit or placing a premium assistance cap on producers were not brought to the Senate floor for a vote.

“PIA applauds Senate Agriculture Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) for championing a Farm Bill that recognizes the importance of crop insurance and respects the vital role played by independent insurance agents in the delivery of the federal crop insurance program,” said Jon Gentile, PIA National Vice President of Government Relations.

PIA National is also pleased to see that the Senate Farm Bill included an amendment to reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) for six months beyond its July 31 expiration date. “While we would ideally prefer multi-year reauthorization of the NFIP, we are pleased that the Senate will not let the program lapse while they work out a long-term reauthorization plan,” Gentile said.

As the Farm Bill now heads to a conference committee, PIA National will continue to advocate for a strong federal crop insurance program and for the long-term reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program.

Founded in 1931, PIA is a national trade association that represents member insurance agents and their employees who sell and service all kinds of insurance, but specialize in coverage of automobiles, homes and businesses. PIA members are Local Agents Serving Main Street America SM. PIA’s web address is www.pianet.com.

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