WASHINGTON – Rep. Randy Neugebauer, R-Texas, will hold a series of meetings across the 19th District to discuss the Risk Management Enhancement Act, a bill he introduced in June.

Neugebauer will hold forums at the following times and locations:

  • Farwell Community Center, 207 9th St., at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 28.
  • Seminole High School, 2100 N.W. Ave D, at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 28.
  • Alamo Events Center (Brownfield) 320 East Broadway, at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 29.
“One of the goals of the Farm Bill is to give farmers the best risk management tools available,” Neugebauer said. “The Risk Management Enhancement Act would allow farmers to buy coverage for both individual and area-wide losses. With my plan, for a little more premium, you get a lot more coverage.”

Neugebauer’s bill builds additional risk protection into crop insurance by giving farmers the option to stack Group Risk Protection (GRP) coverage on top of an individual Multi-Peril Crop Insurance (MPCI) policy. Farmers can choose to purchase GRP coverage up to the deductible portion of the individual policy, not to exceed 100 percent.

Congress has passed more than $30 billion in emergency assistance packages in recent years to help producers who have suffered substantial crop loss. The enhanced insurance coverage in Neugebauer’s legislation would help reduce the need for such packages in the future.

“This forum will be an excellent opportunity for farmers to learn about the benefits of this crop insurance bill,” Neugebauer said. “I look forward to meeting with them and hearing what they have to say.”

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