The collapse in hog prices in the fall of 1998 has renewed interest in using insurance as a means of providing an affordable safety net to U.S. farmers. One option that has received attention is to expand the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s crop insurance program to include livestock producers. Because the ongoing financial crisis in the hog sector was not caused by production or disease problems, it is apparent that producers could have benefited from either price insurance or revenue insurance.
Babcock, Bruce A. and Hayes, Dermot J.
"Whole-Farm Revenue Insurance for Crop and Livestock Producers,"
Iowa Ag Review: Vol. 5
, Article 5.
Available at: http://lib.dr.iastate.edu/iowaagreview/vol5/iss2/5