New @CIRBdc Chair Honors Former RMA Admin

Cindy Zimmerman

New Crop Insurance and Reinsurance Bureau chairman Ron Rutledge of Farmers Mutual Hail had the pleasure of presenting the inaugural Distinguished Service Award to now former USDA Risk Management Agency (RMA) administrator Brandon Willis. “Brandon has been a friend of the industry who has been very supportive and worked very hard with us and we really wanted to give him …

Audio, CIRB, Insurance

Meet Two @CIRBdc Emerging Leaders

Cindy Zimmerman

Last year at the Crop Insurance and Reinsurance Bureau annual meeting, we heard about the first class of the organization’s Emerging Leaders Program. The program was so popular that the second class has almost twice the members and I had a chance to talk with two of those emerging leaders at the meeting this week. Chock Hefner started his crop …

Audio, CIRB, Insurance

Farm Economy Update at #CIRB2017

Cindy Zimmerman

The team of Gary Schnitkey and Jonathan Coppess from the University of Illinois gave an update on the farm economy during a presentation at the Crop Insurance and Reinsurance Bureau annual meeting this week. “We’re seeing deteriorating financial conditions on many farms and we’re likely to continue to see that as long as we have corn prices below four dollars …

Audio, CIRB, Corn, Farm Bill, Insurance

#CIRB2017 Gets Legislative Update

Cindy Zimmerman

Lower farm income may not seem like a good thing for farmers right now, but it might make getting a good farm bill a little easier than it was last time, according to American Farm Bureau’s Mary Kay Thatcher who gave members of the Crop Insurance and Reinsurance Bureau a legislative update at their annual meeting this week. “Certainly farmers …

AFBF, Audio, CIRB, Insurance

#CIRB2017 Faces Change, Challenge, Opportunity

Cindy Zimmerman

The 53rd annual meeting of the Crop Insurance and Reinsurance Bureau is officially underway with the theme of Change-Challenge-Opportunity and record attendance, according to Executive Vice President Michael Torrey. “I think it reflects the theme,” said Torrey. “Obviously a transition is going on, there’s going to be a lot of new people, and we’re going to have a lot of …

Audio, CIRB, Insurance

Joining @CIRBdc in Florida for Annual Meeting

Cindy Zimmerman

Change, challenge and opportunity are the three words chosen by the Crop Insurance and Reinsurance Bureau (CIRB) for their annual meeting this year, being held in Bonita Springs, Florida and they seem pretty appropriate given the new political climate in Washington DC. This will be my first time attending this event so I am looking forward to what crop insurance …

CIRB, Insurance

CIRB Graduates Inaugural Emerging Leaders

Kelly Marshall

The Crop Insurance and Reinsurance Bureau (CIRB) is celebrating the graduation of their first ever Emerging Leaders Program.  The ceremony was held during the Spring Policy Conference and Fly-In.  The class has spent more than year learning the necessary tools to become effective advocates for the next generation of crop insurance leaders. “Today, crop insurance is a centerpiece of the …

Agribusiness, CIRB, Insurance

CIRB Emerging Leaders Build a Career

Kelly Marshall

AgWired had the chance to talk with James Konstanty, one of the Crop Insurance and Reinsurance Bureau’s Emerging Leaders program members, at their recent annual meeting. The program, now in it’s pilot year, did a great job giving the participants an understanding of the background of crop insurance, Konstanty tells Chuck Zimmerman. The group traveled to Kansas City and Washington …

CIRB, Insurance

CIRB Talks Changes in Crop Insurance

Kelly Marshall

Brandon Willis, an administrator at the USDA’s Risk Management Agency, recently addressed the Crop Insurance and Reinsurance Bureau’s annual meeting and talked about the changes crop insurance has undergone. Some of those changes include lower premiums for beginning farmers and ranchers. That group saved $12 million in insurance premiums last year, allowing them to have more coverage than they otherwise …

CIRB, Insurance

CIRB Hears from Senate Agriculture Committee

Kelly Marshall

Joel Leftwich of the Senate Agriculture Committee spoke at the recent Crop Insurance and Reinsurance Bureau’s annual meeting. Leftwich imparted two main messages in his talk, the first and most important was his thanks to the many people who work together to grow the food we enjoy in this country. As a small-town boy from Kansas, Leftwich knows first hand …

CIRB, Government, Insurance