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 will hear industry speakers address topics directly relevant to crop insurance agents and interact with over 600 other crop insurance professionals. The 2017 conference will be held September 13-14 at the Verizon Wireless 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, mail, or fax: $180 per person

For registrations received after September 1:
Online registration: $210 per person
Registration by email, mail, or fax: $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.

Continuing Education

The conference has applied for the following continuing education credits:
Iowa: 7 general, 1 ethic (approved)
Minnesota: 7 general, 1 ethic (approved)
North Dakota: 7 crop hail/property, 1 ethic (approved)
South Dakota: 7 crop, 1 general (approved)
Wisconsin: 7 general, 1 ethic (approved)

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 four 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: 2017CROP)
Courtyard Mankato: $129.00
Hilton Garden Inn Mankato Downtown: $109.00
Mankato City Center Hotel: $87.00 (Group Code: CROP)


Check-in for the conference will begin at 11:30 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 13, 2017

1:00 p.m. Welcome

1:10 p.m. Agricultural Economist Outlook: Trend versus Cycles, Mike Swanson, Chief Agricultural Economist, Wells Fargo

2:20 p.m. Risk Management, Understanding Whole Farm Revenue Protection (WFRP), Dean Benson, SVP Corporate Insurance Services

2:45 p.m. Break

3:20 p.m. Minnesota's Recent Climate Conditions & Outlook, Kenneth Blumenfeld, Senior Climatologist, Minnesota DNR

4:10 p.m. RMA Crop Insurance Update, Heather Manzano, Acting Administrator, USDA Risk Management Agency

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

Thursday, September 14, 2017

8:00 a.m. Welcome

8:05 a.m. Washington Agricultural Update, Hunt Shipman, Principal & Director, Cornerstone Government Affairs

8:55 a.m. Precision Myth Busters, Mike Steenson, Regional Claims Manager, Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance

9:20 a.m. Financial Risks for Minnesota Producers: Income Trends and Production Costs, Robert Craven, Director and Extension Economist, Center for Farm Financial Management, University of Minnesota

9:45 a.m. Break

10:20 a.m. The Post-Harvest Marketing Challenge, Edward Usset, Grain Marketing Economist and Extension Economist, Center for Farm Financial Management, University of Minnesota

11:10 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



Minnesota Crop Insurance Conference

  • September 13-14, 2017
  • Verizon Wireless Center
  • Mankato, MN
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