Extreme weather has triggered over $3 billion in insurance payouts to California farmers since 2001
A new report found that over the last two decades, losses tied to extreme weather triggered over $3 billion in crop insurance payouts to California farmers. Authors of the report, which was published by the nonprofit Environmental Working Group, analyzed payments made to farmers from the Federal Crop Insurance Program between 2001 and 2022. … Schechinger said California farmers are top in the country when it comes to losing crops due to both heat and freeze. She said payouts for crops lost due to heat alone amounted to over $1.3 billion in California between 2001 and 2022. The majority of these impacts were felt in Central Valley counties including Kern, Tulare and Fresno.
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