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 650 other crop insurance agents.

Conference Registration

The 2015 conference will be held September 16-17, 2015. Pre-registration is required (walk-in registrations are not accepted).
Click here to register.

For registrations received by September 4:
Online registration for full conference: $150 per person
Full conference registration by mail, fax, phone: $170 per person

For registrations received after September 4:
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 approved for MN, IA, ND and WI. 4.0 crop credits have been approved 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 five hotels under the name "MN Crop Insurance." Reserve your room by August 15 to receive the rates listed (not including tax). After August 15, reservations will be on a space and rate available basis.

Mankato City Center Hotel $85 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 $99 a night. Call 507-344-1111 for reservations or you can make your reservations online by referencing the group code MCI.
This hotel is connected to the Verizon Wireless Center by a skyway.

Best Western $75.99 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.

AmericInn Hotel $129.99 a night. Call 507-345-8011 or 800-634-3444 for reservations.
This hotel is located near the Minnesota State University, Mankato campus, and is about 2 miles away from the Verizon Wireless Center.

Courtyard by Marriott Mankato $129.00 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.

2015 Presentations

Wednesday September 16, 2015

1:00 pm Welcome

1:10 pm RMA Update: Current Crop Insurance Issues
Michael Alston, Associate Administrator, RMA, USDA

2:00 pm Grain Marketing Update
Ed Usset, Grain Marketing Specialist, University of Minnesota

2:50 pm Break

3:20 pm Unmanned Aerial Systems in Agriculture: Present and Future
Sreekala Bajwa, Chair, Dept. of Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering, North Dakota State University

3:45 pm Turbulent Times: Income Trends and Production Costs
Robert Craven, Director, Center for Farm Financial Management, University of Minnesota

4:10 pm Washington Update: Crop Insurance Issues
Tom Sell, Managing Partner, Combest, Sell & Associates, LLC

5:00 pm Adjourn to Reception

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

Thursday September 17, 2015

8:00 am Welcome

8:10 am The State of the Agricultural Economy
Jason Henderson, Director, Purdue Extension & Associate Dean, Purdue University

9:25 am Current Issues in Crop-Hail Production Plan and Corn, Wind & Green Snap in the North Central States: NCIS Perspective
Therese Stom, Vice President, Actuarial Applications & Insurance Filings, National Crop Insurance Services (NCIS)

9:50 am Break

10:20 am Public Perceptions of Genetically Modified Foods
Cara Cuite, Associate Research Professor, Rutgers University

11:10 am 2015 Weather and Crop Yield Outlook
Elwynn Taylor, Professor of Agronomy & Extension Climatologist, Iowa State University

Noon Adjourn



Minnesota Crop Insurance Conference

  • September 16-17, 2015
  • Verizon Wireless Center
  • Mankato, MN
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