Crop Insurance

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Rand Paul told Kentucky farm leaders Thursday he supports federal crop insurance programs but did not say whether he would support the next federal farm bill if he is re-elected to the U.S. Senate. 

Kentucky Farm Bureau officials say the lack of a budget because of the partial government shutdown is preventing farmers from getting loans they need through federal agencies like the Natural Resources Conservation Service or Farm Service Agency.

KFB’s National Affairs and Political Education Director Joe Cain said farmers interested in signing up for government programs are at a loss because many federal employees are furloughed.

The so-called farm bill came to the floor of the House of Representatives Thursday. And it crashed. The defeat shocked many observers, but the vote wasn't even particularly close: 234-195. (You can see how your own representative voted here.)