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Crop Insurance Losses Begin to Mount Amid Drought

  WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - Thousands of U.S. farmers are filing crop
insurance claims this year as drought and triple-digit temperatures
burn up crops in the Corn Belt.
     The final cost to the taxpayer-subsidized program has yet to be
determined, but Kansas State University is forecasting underwriting
losses at nearly $15 billion. That figure is based on anticipated
claims totaling $25 billion.
     Extension specialist G.A. Barnaby says the Agriculture
Department's Risk Management Agency cut premiums for corn and
soybeans in many states, expecting new technologies to eliminate or
reduce big losses.
     More than $1.42 billion in insurance claims have been paid so
far, with the bulk still to come.
     Texas is leading the nation with $518.6 million in claims,
followed by Kansas with $223 million. Colorado is third with $66

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