Crop Insurance Industry Stable in 2019

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The latest crop insurance industry outlook shows a stable picture right now, according to a presentation at last week’s Crop Insurance and Reinsurance Bureau (CIRB) annual meeting in San Diego. “The crop insurance industry should be feeling pretty good about its current state, and stability is how we’d describe it,” said Steve Webersen, Head of Insurance Research at Conning, Inc. …

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CIRB Emerging Leaders Program is Growing

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The Crop Insurance and Reinsurance Bureau (CIRB) Emerging Leaders Program just keeps growing. The 2018-19 CIRB ELP class includes: Back row – RJ Brinkmeyer – Farmers Mutual Hail Ryan Kramer- Farmers Mutual Hail Bret Keeler- ARMtech Insurance Services John Haldy – Guy Carpenter Kevin Boeckenstedt – Crop Risk Services Front row – Bryce Benson – American Farm Bureau Insurance Service …

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CIRB Year in Review and Look Ahead

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2018 was a very good year for the crop insurance and reinsurance industry and 2019 is looking good also. “This was a momentous year for the industry, compared to what might have been,” said Crop Insurance and Reinsurance Bureau (CIRB) executive vice president Mike Torrey in his update at the organization’s annual meeting last week in San Diego. “We were …

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USDA RMA Administrator Updates #CIRB2019

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USDA Risk Management Agency administrator and Illinois farmer Martin Barbre attended the Crop Insurance and Reinsurance Bureau (CIRB) annual meeting this week to provide an update on his agency’s priorities. Barbre discussed a number of issues, including the Multi County Enterprise Unit, upcoming deadlines, a Farm Bill implementation listening session coming up February 26, disaster relief, and the Dairy Revenue …

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Optimism in Crop Insurance Reinsurance Industry

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This time last year, the Crop Insurance and Reinsurance Bureau (CIRB) was concerned about what might happen with the new farm bill. This year, members are pretty pleased with how it all turned out. CIRB chairman Zane Vaughn with ARMtech Insurance gives a lot of credit to the organization’s “Protect Crop Insurance” campaign. “It was very beneficial for staff on …

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CIRB Rallies to #ProtectCropInsurance

Cindy Zimmerman

#ProtectCropInsurance was the rallying cry for the troops at the recent Crop Insurance and Reinsurance Bureau (CIRB) annual meeting, and this week’s release of the White House budget proposing deep cuts in the program illustrates what the industry is up against to continuing providing farmers with risk management tools. CIRB Executive Vice President Michael Torrey they are helping to educate …

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Third Class of CIRB Emerging Leaders

Cindy Zimmerman

The third class of the Crop Insurance and Reinsurance Bureau’s (CIRB) Emerging Leaders Program is the biggest yet, bringing the total number of program alumni and participants now to 17. The program is designed for professionals in the crop insurance industry that seek to increase their knowledge and hands-on experience with key issues with the goal of building the next …

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CIRB is Focused on the Farm Bill

Cindy Zimmerman

Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS) was in the neighborhood so he stopped by to say hello at the Crop Insurance and Reinsurance Bureau (CIRB) annual meeting in Scottsdale last week and posed for a photos with members, including chairman Ron Rutledge, Farmers Mutual Hail. Rutledge says this year is an important one for the crop insurance industry in Congress with a …

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CIRB Honors Mary Kay Thatcher

Cindy Zimmerman

After over 30 years with American Farm Bureau Federation, the name Mary Kay Thatcher has become well known in the agriculture world. But as of January 31, Thatcher retired from AFBF and is now looking forward to her next challenge doing federal relations for Syngenta. Mary Kay has been a regular speaker at the Crop Insurance and Reinsurance Bureau (CIRB) …

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USDA Deputy Censky Visits #CIRB2018

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U.S Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Steve Censky visited the 2018 Crop Insurance and Reinsurance Bureau annual meeting this week in Scottsdale, Arizona. “Our crop insurance program here in the United States is the envy of countries around the world,” said Censky. At the same time, he admitted that the 2018 farm bill will be facing budget challenges. “The dollars are …

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