A Risky Proposition: Crop Insurance and Climate Change

About the webinar

In 2011, a year of record floods and droughts, federal spending on crop insurance outpaced commodity crop subsidies. What does it mean to make crop insurance the largest source of federal support for farmers with the growing threat of climate change? Join experts on climate change and crop insurance to learn how climate change will affect crop insurance, and about what might be done to insulate farmers from some of the effects of extreme weather.

Presentation Slides


Bill Hohenstein

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Mr. Hohestein serves as the Director of the Climate Change Program Office (CCPO), and is responsible for coordinating climate change research and program activities for the Department. The Climate…

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Jim Kleinschmit

Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy

Jim Kleinschmit is a senior adviser for IATP's Climate and Energy Initiatives, which focuses on strengthening the link between rural economic policy and local, democratic decision-making in order…

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Scott Marlow

Rural Advancement Foundation International (RAFI-USA)

Scott currently serves as RAFI’s Executive Director. He previously directed the organization’s Farm Sustainability Program, providing in-depth financial counseling to farmers in crisis, education…

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Julia Olmstead

University of Wisconsin-Extension

Julia Olmstead lead an innovative new project to improve water quality in the St. Croix and Red Cedar River basins by improving agriculture's environmental performance. I serve as project manager…

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Posted February 21, 2012