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CIRB Honors Ron Rutledge for Industry Service

Cindy Zimmerman

Ron Rutledge retired at the end of 2021 after a successful 40-year career at Farmers Mutual Hail, and this year as he officially goes off the board, the Crop Insurance and Reinsurance Bureau (CIRB) had a chance to properly honor him for his years of service to the industry with the Chairman’s Award. Outgoing CIRB Chairman Brian Young, Great American …

Audio, CIRB, Insurance

CIRB’s Largest Emerging Leaders Program Class

Cindy Zimmerman

The 2023-24 class of the Crop Insurance and Reinsurance Bureau (CIRB) Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) is the largest yet since the program started in 2015, and also the most diverse, including professionals from all aspects of the insurance business. The ELP allows crop insurance and reinsurance professionals to increase their knowledge of advocacy and communications and provides networking experiences with …

Audio, CIRB, Insurance

CIRB Elects Rinkenberger as 2024-25 Chairwoman

Cindy Zimmerman

Lindsey Rinkenberger, COUNTRY Financial®, is the new chairwoman of the Crop Insurance and Reinsurance Bureau (CIRB) for 2024-2025. She stepped into the role at the conclusion of the CIRB Annual Meeting last week in Scottsdale, Arizona. Rinkenberger served as the director of commercial agribusiness underwriting operations at COUNTRY Financial® since 2020. Prior to that she held various positions at the …

Audio, CIRB, Insurance

USDA Officials Visit CIRB Annual Meeting

Cindy Zimmerman

Robert Bonnie, USDA Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation, and USDA Risk Management Agency Administrator Marcia Bunger visited the Crop Insurance and Reinsurance Bureau (CIRB) Annual Meeting last week in Scottsdale, Arizona, ahead of this week’s National Crop Insurance Services (NCIS) conference. Bonnie discussed USDA’s commitment to supporting farmers, ranchers, and private forest landowners through Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities. …

Audio, CIRB, Insurance, USDA

ZimmCast 709 – Captive Insurance Programs

Chuck Zimmerman

Hello and welcome to the ZimmCast. In this episode we’re going to continue learning about newer options for insurance programs for farmers. And in the program we’re going to learn about a relatively new way for farmers, ag processors and cooperatives to have more control over their own risk protection.   In particular, the subject will be Captive Insurance Programs. I …

Agribusiness, Audio, Insurance, ZimmCast

CIRB Watching Farm Bill Discussions

Cindy Zimmerman

Farm bill is on the mind of those attending the 59th annual Crop Insurance and Reinsurance Bureau (CIRB) annual meeting this week in Florida. Friday’s agenda included a Farm Bill Panel moderated by CIRB Deputy Executive Director Tara Smith with two veteran farm policy experts – Joe Shultz, Executive Director of the Platform for Agriculture and Climate Transformation (PACT); and …

Audio, CIRB, Crop Insurance, Insurance

Welcome to the 2023 CIRB Annual Meeting

Cindy Zimmerman

The Crop Insurance and Reinsurance Bureau (CIRB) 2023 Annual Meeting officially kicked off in Bonita Springs, Florida today with a welcome from chairman Brian Young, Crop Risk Services. “Of course this annual meeting program is set against the back drop of another year of unique challenges to our industry and America’s farmers and ranchers,” said Young. “It’s been a year …

Audio, CIRB, Crop Insurance, Insurance

ZimmCast 703 – Introducing AgriCap Group, LLC

Chuck Zimmerman

Hello and welcome to the ZimmCast. I’m Chuck Zimmerman. As you know, our theme here on AgWired has always been, “What’s new in the world of agribusiness.” And in this program we’re going to learn about a relatively new way for farmers, ag processors and cooperatives to have more control over their own risk protection. There is more to the …

Agribusiness, Audio, Crop Insurance, Insurance, ZimmCast

Preview of the 57th CIRB Annual Meeting

Chuck Zimmerman

The Crop Insurance and Reinsurance Bureau is holding its virtual 2021 CIRB Annual meeting tomorrow February 4, hosted on Zoom. CIRB’s 57th Annual Meeting will feature distinguished speakers, such as Dr. John Newton from American Farm Bureau Federation and Jim Wiesemeyer from Pro Farmer, to provide updates for the crop insurance industry. You can find the agenda here. A virtual …

Ag Groups, Audio, Insurance, Virtual

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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