A new report from an environmental action group details the crop loss across Illinois and the nation due to last year's drought.
The Natural Resources Defense Council said the Federal Crop Insurance Program paid out more than $17.3 billion in nationwide crop losses in 2012. That included around $3 million to Illinois and around $69,000 to Champaign County.
The defense council also said in its report that nearly $8.4 billion worth of crop loss payouts last year were funded by taxpayers. It suggested that farmers do more to protect their soil and also to change the crop insurance program so that farmers rely on it more as a safety net than a crutch.