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Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act of 2012

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mrs. HAGAN. Mr. President, as everyone knows, Federal crop insurance policies are extremely technical and complex. My amendment seeks to give farmers additional access to clear, concise information about crop insurance policies and programs approved by the USDA.

This commonsense amendment seeks to accomplish this goal in two ways:

First, it will require the Secretary of Agriculture to report back to Congress on the status of the agency's effort to comply with the President's Executive order to require the use of plain language. My hope is that this simple measure will force USDA to move quickly to provide information necessary for our farmers in North Carolina and other parts of the country to make informed decisions about signing up for the crop insurance plans that meet their specific needs.

Second, my amendment requires the Risk Management Agency to improve its existing Web site so that agriculture producers in any State can access easily understandable information on crop insurance.


Mrs. HAGAN. I urge my colleagues to support this commonsense amendment.


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