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The deadline to purchase or modify crop insurance coverage for spring-planted crops is Wednesday, the 15th. Doug Yoder, crop agency manager for Country Financial, says even though crop insurance is a continuous program, it’s always a good idea for farmers to meet with agents to ensure that they have the best available coverage.

Yoder is a member of an American Farm Bureau Federation farm bill working group. He says crop insurance is the most important risk management tool for farmers and explains the importance of government assistance in paying those premiums.

Yoder traveled to dozens of meetings in Illinois this winter, and he says members rank crop insurance as the federal ag program that needs to be protected the most.

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