Data Is Available & It Is Accurate

Jamie Johansen

During the 2015 annual meeting for the Crop Insurance and Reinsurance Bureau, a panel was formed to talked about the impact of big data on crop insurance. One of those panelist was Deb Casurella with MyAgData and Chuck caught up with her as she shared her insights into this rapidly evolving industry. “We take data from the tractor and tie …

Agribusiness, Audio, CIRB, data, Insurance

Risk Management Agency Update from CIRB

Jamie Johansen

Brandon Willis, Administrator of Risk Management Agency (RMA) for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), provided an RMA update for those at the recent annual meeting for the Crop Insurance and Reinsurance Bureau (CIRB). Brandon shared insights for activity in the coming year and discussed the long-term outlook for crop insurance. Prior to joining USDA in 2009, he served …

Ag Groups, Audio, CIRB, Insurance

Rep. Rodney Davis Receives CIRB Award

Chuck Zimmerman

This morning Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL) received the Crop Insurance and Reinsurance Bureau’s 2015 Chairman’s Award. Representing Illinois’ District 14, Congressman Davis serves on the House Agriculture Committee and is a champion for farmers and a strong crop insurance program. He was present via a video clip since he’s at work in Washington, DC. He will receive the award in …

Ag Groups, CIRB, Insurance

CIRB Hears of Challenging Year for Ag

Cindy Zimmerman

American Farm Bureau Senior Director for Congressional Relations Mary Kay Thatcher told members of the Crop Insurance and Reinsurance Bureau this week that she expects 2015 to be “a challenging year for agriculture.” “There seems to be a lot of emphasis on Capitol Hill about wanting to make budget cuts,” she explained. “We only have a couple of months before …

AFBF, Audio, CIRB, Insurance

Proposed Crop Insurance Cuts Concern Ag Groups

Cindy Zimmerman

A coalition of more than 30 agricultural, banking and insurance organizations are concerned about the President’s proposed budget cuts to some elements of crop insurance. The group sent a letter to Congressional leaders this week to highlight the importance of crop insurance and how it can save consumers money and help farmers recover from weather disasters. The American Soybean Association …

Ag Groups, ASA, Audio, CIRB, Insurance

Past and Future CIRB Leadership

Chuck Zimmerman

The gavel has been passed at the Crop Insurance and Reinsurance Bureau. Greg Mills, is now the outgoing Chair while Sheri Bane is the new Chair for CIRB. Greg was presented with several thank you gifts during the annual meeting. I asked Greg to tell me what he and CIRB accomplished during his term. He says that one of those …

Ag Groups, Audio, CIRB, Insurance

Preview of CIRB Annual Mtg.

Chuck Zimmerman

The Executive Vice President for the Crop Insurance and Reinsurance Bureau is Mike Torrey, pictured here on the right with new Chair Sheri Bane and just past Chair Greg Mills. Prior to our opening reception last night I visited with Mike to learn more about CIRB and what will take place during this annual meeting. By the time I interviewed …

Ag Groups, Audio, CIRB, Insurance

CIRB Annual Meeting Underway

Chuck Zimmerman

The 2015 Crop Insurance & Reinsurance Bureau Annual Meeting is underway in Bonita Springs, FL. That’s where you hold a meeting this time of year! I grew up about 2 hours north of here. So, registration is underway, the board is meeting and we have the opening reception is coming up soon. This is my first time attending and we’re …

Ag Groups, CIRB, Insurance