Illinois among worst hit by 2012 insurance claims

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Extreme weather in 2012 forced the Federal Crop Insurance Program to pay out a record-breaking $17.3 billion in crop losses last year.
That fact was among the information detailed in a crop insurance report and crop loss mapping tool released on Aug. 27.
Those record-breaking crop insurance payouts smashed the trend of annual Federal Crop Insurance payouts from 2001-2010, when crop losses averaged just $4.1 billion a year.
The online map at www.nrdc.org/water/your-soil-matters  includes searchable county-by-county crop loss snapshots revealing the magnitude of crop loss in 2012, top extreme weather-related causes and top 10 rankings of the states with the largest overall crop insurance payouts due to drought. The top 10 states highlighted (in alphabetical order) are: Kansas, Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota, Texas and Wisconsin.
In 2012, American farmers experienced devastating crop losses because of the yearlong drought. Last summer was the worst drought in 50 years across the nation’s breadbasket.
A briefing was held on Aug. 27 about the extreme weather challenges facing American farmers, the Federal Crop Insurance Program and a new blueprint for resilient farms, from NRDC’s new Soil Matters report.
That event told how farmers fared in one of the hottest, driest years on record in 2012, and how the FCIP can seize a critical opportunity to help farmers regenerate the soil.
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