Center for Farm Financial Management

Minnesota Crop Insurance Conference

Continuing Education workshop for crop insurance providers

Conference Information

The Minnesota Crop Insurance Conference is one of the largest gatherings of crop insurance agents in the Midwest. Attendees can listen to outstanding speakers address topics directly relevant to crop insurance agents and interact with over 600 other crop insurance agents.

Conference Registration

The 2014 conference will be held September 10-11, 2014. Pre-registration is required (walk-in registrations are not accepted).
Click here to register.

For registrations received by August 29:
Online registration for full conference: $150 per person
Full conference registration by mail, fax, phone: $170 per person

For registrations received after August 29:
Online registration for full conference: $210 per person
Full conference registration by mail, fax, phone, or in-person: $270 per person

Registration Confirmation

You should receive an e-mailed confirmation within two weeks of registering. If you do not receive a confirmation, call 800-234-1111.

Continuing Education

8.0 general insurance credits (for those who attend the entire conference) have been applied for (approval pending) in MN, IA, ND, and WI. 4.0 crop credits will be applied for SD. Attendees must check in before the conference begins and stay for the duration of the meeting in order to receive continuing education credit.

Hotel Registration

The conference will be held at the Verizon Wireless Center in Mankato, MN.

Room blocks are reserved at four hotels under the name "MN Crop Insurance." Reserve your room by August 10 to receive the rates listed (not including tax). After August 10, reservations will be on a space and rate available basis.

Mankato City Center Hotel $83 a night. Call 507-345-1234 or 877-345-5577 for reservations.
This hotel is connected to the Verizon Wireless Center by a skyway.

Hilton Garden Inn $102 a night. Call 507-344-1111 for reservations or you can make your reservations online by referencing the group code CIE.
This hotel is connected to the Verizon Wireless Center by a skyway.

Best Western $73 a night. Call 507-625-9333 for reservations.
This hotel is located in North Mankato and is 1.5 miles away from the Verizon Wireless Center.

Courtyard by Marriott Mankato $129.99 a night. Call 507-388-1234 for reservations.
This hotel is located behind the River Hills Mall, off of Highway 14, and is almost 4 miles away from the Verizon Wireless Center.

Conference Registration Cancellations

Registration cancellations may be made up to August 29 only and are subject to a $25 handling fee.

2014 Presentations

Wednesday September 10, 2014

1:00 pm Welcome

1:10 pm Crop Insurance and the Farm Bill
Tim Witt, Deputy Administrator, RMA, USDA

2:25 pm Current Industry Outlook
Tom Zacharias, President, National Crop Insurance Services (NCIS)

2:50 pm Break

3:20 pm Washington Update - Crop Insurance Issues
Jennifer McPhillips, Senior Director, Federal Government Affairs, Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA)

4:10 pm Implications of Crop Insurance as Social Policy
Bruce Babcock, Professor, Iowa State University

5:00 pm Adjourn to Reception

5:00 pm to 8:00pm Reception
Sponsored by Crop Insurance Companies and Associations

Thursday September 11, 2014

8:00 am Welcome

8:10 am 2014 Farm Bill: How Do I Decide?
Kevin Klair, Extension Economist, Center for Farm Financial Management, University of Minnesota

9:00 am Farm Bill - Supplemental Coverage Option
Nick Paulson, Associate Professor, University of Illinois

9:25 am Turbulent Times: Income Trends and Production Costs
Robert Craven, Director, Center for Farm Financial Management, University of Minnesota

9:50 am Break

10:20 am Grain Marketing Plans
Ed Usset, Grain Marketing Specialist, University of Minnesota

10:45 am The State of the Agricultural Economy
Dave Kohl, Professor Emeritus, Virginia Tech & AgriVisions LLC

Noon Adjourn



Minnesota Crop Insurance Conference

  • September 10-11, 2014
  • Verizon Wireless Center
  • Mankato, MN
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