FERN Explains Why Federal Crop Insurance is Currently Flawed

In “Why are we paying for crop failures in the desert?,” Stephen Robert Miller explains to readers that, although extreme heat is not going anywhere, year after year, Southwest farmers keep planting thirsty crops on parched land. Why? Because the American taxpayer keeps footing the bill for their losses.

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