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Thesis (M.S.)--University of Nebraska--Lincoln, 1965. Department of Agricultural Economics.


Copyright 1965, the author. Used by permission.


The need for some method of adding stability to farm operation, particularly in the more hazardous areas, led to the enactment of legislation in 1938 creating the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation. Since that time all-risk crop insurance has been available in designated areas. While reasonable growth and expansion have taken place, participation in many areas has not been sufficiently heavy to make the program fully effective.

For the purpose of finding ways of increasing farmer participation and of improving the effectiveness of the program, the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation agreed to provide funds to finance research under Great Plains Regional Project, GP-G, in cooperation with the Economic Research Service of the U. S. Department of Agriculture and the Experiment Stations of six Great Plains States including Nebraska.

The objectives of this particular study are: (1) To determine what the farmer participants consider to be the strong and weak points of the Federal Crop Insurance Program. (2) To evaluate suggestions for changes in the program designed to improve its effectiveness. (3) To evaluate the use of, interest in, and potential of crop insurance contracts as collateral for loans.

Advisor: Ralph H. Cole.