Ross J. Davidson, Jr., administrator of USDA’s Risk Management Agency, will be the primary witness for the hearing before the General Farm Commodities and Risk Management Subcommittee, which Chambliss chairs.

Davidson, who was appointed to the RMA post earlier this summer, is expected to provide the subcommittee with an update on the status of crop insurance program reforms first reviewed in a subcommittee hearing last February 13.

"After we received an implementation report from RMA's Acting Administrator during the Subcommittee hearing in February, we wanted to follow up with the new RMA Administrator once he settled into the position," said Chambliss.

"In addition to receiving a report of Agency activities, it is my hope that this hearing will illustrate how this risk management tool is working, where there is room for administrative and legislative improvement, and what steps are being taken to make the program more user-friendly."

With coverage of new crops and lower premium costs to producers, coverage flexibility and strengthened taxpayer protection against fraud, crop insurance reforms authored by the House Committee on Agriculture became law on June 20, 2000 as the "Agricultural Risk Protection Act of 2000" (Public Law Number 106-224).

"Participation has shown a marked improvement through reforms this Committee made with producer recommendations," said Agriculture Committee Chairman Larry Combest, R-Texas. "With Saxby's subcommittee examination, we will get the full story on implementation of reforms and effectiveness of federal crop insurance that will help producers and the taxpaying public."

WASHINGTON – Georgia Congress Saxby Chambliss has scheduled a Sept. 18 hearing on the implementation of crop insurance reforms and the effectiveness of the federal crop insurance program.

Ross J. Davidson, Jr., administrator of USDA’s Risk Management Agency, will be the primary witness for the hearing before the General Farm Commodities and Risk Management Subcommittee, which Chambliss chairs.

Davidson, who was appointed to the RMA post earlier this summer, is expected to provide the subcommittee with an update on the status of crop insurance program reforms first reviewed in a subcommittee hearing last February 13.

"After we received an implementation report from RMA's Acting Administrator during the Subcommittee hearing in February, we wanted to follow up with the new RMA Administrator once he settled into the position," said Chambliss.

"In addition to receiving a report of Agency activities, it is my hope that this hearing will illustrate how this risk management tool is working, where there is room for administrative and legislative improvement, and what steps are being taken to make the program more user-friendly."

With coverage of new crops and lower premium costs to producers, coverage flexibility and strengthened taxpayer protection against fraud, crop insurance reforms authored by the House Committee on Agriculture became law on June 20, 2000 as the "Agricultural Risk Protection Act of 2000" (Public Law Number 106-224).

"Participation has shown a marked improvement through reforms this Committee made with producer recommendations," said Agriculture Committee Chairman Larry Combest, R-Texas. "With Saxby's subcommittee examination, we will get the full story on implementation of reforms and effectiveness of federal crop insurance that will help producers and the taxpaying public."

email: phollis@primediabusiness.com