The administration of President Donald Trump is asking American farmers to pay more for their crop insurance premium.
In the new White House budget proposal, farmers would be asked to pay 52% of their crop insurance premiums, up 38%.
Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) said: "This is not necessarily surprising because the president has done different types of maneuvers in his previous budgets."
The administration writes that it would be "… reduce the overly generous subsidies of crop insurance premiums …"
National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson said, "There is a clear gap between President Trump's priorities and the economic realities faced by family farmers, pastoralists and rural communities."
MP Cheri Bustos (D-IL) said: "I will do everything I can to restore the crop insurance program to a level that reflects the fact that our family farmers are going through a difficult period and that we are at their service. "
Ernst said: "I have every intention of protecting crop insurance and other factors that may have a negative impact on agriculture."
The White House proposal would also prevent some farmers from accessing the benefits of an agricultural program if their adjusted gross income is greater than $ 500,000.
The current threshold is $ 900,000.
These changes can not become law without congressional approval.