CIRB Emerging Leaders Program Back on Track

Cindy Zimmerman

After having to skip a year due to the pandemic, the Crop Insurance and Reinsurance Bureau (CIRB) Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) got back on track for 2021-22 with a brand new crop of bright and talented industry representatives. ELP is designed for professionals in the crop insurance industry that seek to increase their knowledge and hands-on experience with key issues. …

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Crop Insurance Premium Benefit Offered for Cover Crops

Cindy Zimmerman

USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) has announced details of the 2022 Pandemic Cover Crop Program (PCCP) that both benefits farmers and supports climate smart production practices. Agricultural producers who have coverage under most crop insurance policies are eligible for a premium benefit from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) if they planted cover crops during the 2022 crop year. To …

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CIRB Highlights Crop Insurance Industry Resilience

Cindy Zimmerman

Resilience is the theme for the 2022 Crop Insurance and Reinsurance Bureau annual meeting and part of being resilient means adapting quickly to change. “As an industry, we have a desire to meet the needs of the farmers out there,” said Crop Risk Services President and CEO Brian Young, who serves as acting chair for CIRB. “So, it’s really trying …

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Preview of the 2022 CIRB Annual Meeting

Cindy Zimmerman

The 58th Crop Insurance and Reinsurance Bureau (CIRB) Annual Meeting is coming up this week, February 9-11, at the Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa in Indian Wells, CA. CIRB Executive Vice President Mike Torrey says everyone will be happy to be in person again after having a virtual meeting last year. “Because it’s been so long since we’ve been together, …

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Crop Insurers Hear from Senate Ag Committee Leaders

Cindy Zimmerman

Organizations representing crop insurance companies held a virtual joint 2021 Crop Insurance Convention this morning where they heard from the leadership of the Senate Agriculture Committee, Chair Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Ranking Member John Boozman (R-AR). American Association of Crop Insurers (AACI) executive director Scott Graves welcomed Sen. Boozman, while Crop Insurance and Reinsurance Bureau (CIRB) executive vice president Michael …

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CIRB Annual Meeting was Virtual Success

Cindy Zimmerman

The 57th Crop Insurance and Reinsurance Bureau (CIRB) Annual Meeting was a virtual success. Michael Torrey, CIRB Executive Vice President, said they were pleasantly surprised to have a record turnout for their first ever virtual meeting, which gave many more a chance to participate. “Allowing several individuals within companies, and participants from overseas, and even a lot of non-members, to …

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Role of Crop Insurance in Climate Change Policy

Cindy Zimmerman

The Role of Crop Insurance in Climate Change Policy was the theme for the closing panel of the 57th annual Crop Insurance and Reinsurance Bureau meeting held virtually Thursday. The panel included Bruce Knight, Strategic Conservation Solutions, LLC; Callie Eideberg, Environmental Defense Fund; Jonathan Coppess, University Of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, College of Agricultural & Consumer Economics; and Josh Tonsager, National Association …

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Virtual CIRB Meeting Gets Ag Economic Update

Cindy Zimmerman

The food and agriculture economies are continuing to feel the impact of COVID-19 as the pandemic enters a second year of global disruption. “Beginning in mid-March, when it was declared a pandemic in the United States…the impact on agriculture was immediate,” said American Farm Bureau Federation chief economist John Newton, speaking today at the virtual 57th annual Crop Insurance and …

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CIRB Hemp Perspectives

Cindy Zimmerman

One of the most timely sessions at the Crop Insurance and Reinsurance Bureau annual meeting last week was Hemp Perspectives, moderated by CIRB Executive VP Michael Torrey. The session offered a look at the volatile world of the new U.S. hemp industry through the eyes of a processor, a farmer and an insurance provider. Steve Bevan, president of GenCanna Global, …

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2020 Economic Outlook

Carrie Muehling

Economist Bob Young told those attending the 2020 Crop Insurance and Reinsurance Bureau Annual Meeting that the general economy is not in a bad place, and he expects some economic growth in the year ahead. When it comes to the agriculture sector specifically, Young has questions about what will happen with all of the acres that were not planted in …

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