No Cuts to Crop Insurance in Budget Request for Second Straight Year

The Biden administration released its fiscal year 2023 (FY23) budget request on March 28. The budget request includes $31.13 billion in discretionary spending for the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture for the next fiscal year, $2.6 billion more than fiscal year 2022 levels, according to the department. Most notably for PIA, for the second year in …

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PIA Urges Admin, Congress to Reject Cuts to Crop Insurance

PIA, along with a coalition of our allies, sent Congress and the Biden administration letters on January 27 urging them to protect crop insurance from funding cuts in the Fiscal Year 2023 (FY23) budget and appropriations process. The letters were addressed to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and the leaders of the House and Senate Budget …

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No Cuts to Crop Insurance in Biden Budget Request

The Biden administration released its fiscal year 2022 (FY22) budget request on May 28. The Budget request is released every year by each administration and amounts to a wish list of what that administrations’ funding priorities are for the year. While it is never enacted exactly as it is released, a budget request sets the …

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PIA Releases 2021 Issues of Focus for Advocacy Day

PIA has released its 2021 Issues of Focus in preparation for its upcoming Advocacy Day, formerly known as the Federal Legislative Summit (FLS). PIA members will highlight these issues during their meetings with their elected representatives on Advocacy Day. PIA deploys its grassroots advocacy resources throughout the year on countless issues of importance to independent insurance agents. …

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PIA Asks Congress, Admin to Reject Efforts to Cut Crop Insurance

Along with a coalition of allies, PIA sent joint letters this week to Congress and the administration urging them to protect crop insurance from funding cuts in the Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22) budget and appropriations process. The letters were addressed to recently-confirmed  Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and the leaders of the House and Senate Budget …

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Member Spotlight: Rep. David Scott (D-GA)

David Scott was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 2002 to represent Georgia's Thirteenth Congressional District, which includes 6 counties around metro Atlanta: Cobb, Clayton, Douglas, Fayette, Fulton and Henry. Prior to joining the U.S. House of Representatives, Rep. Scott served in the Georgia state legislature beginning in 1974 and ran an …

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Changes Coming to Agriculture Committees; Vilsack Named Secretary-Designate

While there are still outstanding congressional races left to be decided, and the membership of committees for the next Congress will not be finalized for several more weeks, there will be big changes coming to the leadership of the U.S. House and Senate Agriculture Committees in 2021. Although the next Farm bill is not up …

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Member Spotlight: Kevin Cramer (R-ND)

Kevin Cramer was elected to the U.S. Senate from North Dakota in 2018. Previously, he served as North Dakota’s At-Large Member in the U.S. House. Prior to joining Congress, Sen. Cramer served as a commissioner on the North Dakota Public Service Commission. Sen. Cramer received a BA from Concordia College and a master’s degree in …

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PIA Releases Legislative Priorities for Advocacy Day

  PIA National has released its 2020 Legislative Priorities in the lead up to PIA Advocacy Day (formerly known as the Federal Legislative Summit). PIA members will use the priorities in their meetings with their elected representatives during Advocacy Day. Our full PIA legislative priorities with background on each issue can be found here. Below …

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