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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 will hear industry speakers address topics directly relevant to crop insurance agents and interact with over 600 other crop insurance professionals. professionals. The 2018 conference will be held September 12-13 at the Verizon Center in Mankato, MN.

Conference Registration

Pre-registration is required; walk-in registrations will not be accepted.

For registrations received by September 1:
Online registration: $160 per person
Registration by email or phone: $180 per person

For registrations received after September 1:
Online registration: $210 per person
Registration by email or phone: $270 per person

You should receive an e-receipt shortly after registering. If you do not receive this email or have changes to your registration, please send a message to

Registration cancellations will be refunded until September 1 and are subject to a $25 handling fee; no refunds will be given after this date.

Continuing Education

The conference has been approved for the following continuing education credits:
Iowa: 6 general, 2 ethic
Minnesota: 6 general, 2 ethic
North Dakota: 6 general, 2 ethic
South Dakota: 6 crop, 2 general
Wisconsin: 6 general, 2 ethic

Agents must verify attendance at all check-in periods throughout the event in order to earn continuing education credits.


Room blocks have been reserved at three nearby hotels under the name "MN Crop Insurance Conference." Reserve your room by August 12 to be eligible for the rates listed below (not including tax). After August 12, reservations will be on a space and rate available basis.

Best Western Mankato: $82.99 - $113.99 (Group Code: CROP2018)
Courtyard Mankato: $139.00
Mankato City Center Hotel: $87.00


Check-in for the conference will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, and at 7:15 a.m. on Thursday. Agents seeking continuing education credit must check-in at the start of both days, as well as sign the signature page circulated during the event to receive credit.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

1:00 p.m. Welcome

1:05 p.m. Current Climate Trends and Their Implications, Mark Seeley, Professor Emeritus, University of Minnesota

1:55 p.m. Risk Management Agency Crop Insurance Update, Martin Barbre, RMA Administrator, USDA Risk Management Agency

2:45 p.m. Break

3:20 p.m. Financial Risks for Minnesota Producers: Income Trends and Production Costs, Joleen Hadrich, Associate Professor, University of Minnesota

3:45 p.m. Emotional Stress on the Farm: Early Warning Signs, Monica Kramer McConkey, Director of Business Development, Prairie St. John's

4:10 p.m. Washington Agricultural Update and Politics of Crop Insurance, Tom Sell, Managing Partner, Combest, Sell & Associates, LLC.

5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Reception
Sponsored by Crop Insurance Companies and Associations

Thursday, September 13, 2018

8:00 a.m. Welcome

8:05 a.m. Straight Talk on the Agricultural Economy, David Kohl, Professor Emeritus, Virginia Tech

9:20 a.m. Grain Markets in Turmoil?, Ed Usset, Grain Marketing and Extension Economist, University of Minnesota

9:45 a.m. Break

10:20 a.m. Current Issues in Business Ethics, Boz Bostrom, Associate Professor of Accounting and Finance, College of St. Benedict and St. John's

Noon Adjourn


Registration opens

Minnesota Crop Insurance Conference

  • September 12-13, 2018
  • Verizon Center
  • Mankato, MN
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