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Minnesota Crop Insurance Conference Archive

About the Conference

The Minnesota Crop Insurance Conference is one of the largest gatherings of crop insurance agents in the Midwest. Over 600 crop insurance agents annually attend this conference and listen to outstanding speakers address topics directly relevant to crop insurance.

2016 Agenda & Presentations

The 2016 Minnesota Crop Insurance Conference was held September 14-15, 2016 at the Verizon Wireless Center in Mankato, MN.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

1:00 p.m. Welcome

1:10 p.m. Positioning for Success in the Economic Reset
David Kohl, Professor Emeritus, Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Virginia Tech

2:25 p.m. The Current Situation in Grain Markets
Ed Usset, Grain Marketing Specialist and Extension Economist, Center for Farm Financial Management, University of Minnesota

2:50 p.m. Break

3:30 p.m. Weather Risk in Agriculture: A Management Strategy
Eric Snodgrass, Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of Atmospheric Science, University of Illinois

4:10 p.m. Washington Agricultural Update
Jeff Harrison, Counsel, Combest Sell & Associates

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

Thursday, September 15, 2016

8:00 a.m. Welcome

8:10 a.m. Crop Insurance Update 2016
Brandon Willis, Administrator, USDA Risk Management Agency

9:00 a.m. Precision Farming - Standards and Interoperability
Dennis Daggett, Senior Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, ProAg

9:25 a.m. Financial Risks for Minnesota Producers: Income Trends and Production Costs
Dale Nordquist, Associate Director and Extension Economist, Center for Farm Financial Management, University of Minnesota

9:50 a.m. Break

10:20 a.m. How to Avoid Ethical Minefields
Marianne Jennings, Professor Emeritus, Arizona State University

Noon Adjourn

2015 Agenda & Presentations

The 2015 Minnesota Crop Insurance Conference was held September 16-17, 2015 at the Verizon Wireless Center in Mankato, MN.

 

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

2014 Agenda & Presentations

The 2014 Minnesota Crop Insurance Conference was held September 10-11, 2014 at the Verizon Wireless Center in Mankato, MN.

 

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

2013 Agenda & Presentations

Wednesday September 11, 2013

1:00 pm Welcome

1:10 pm RMA Update: Current Crop Insurance Issues
Brandon Willis, Administrator, RMA, USDA

2:00 pm Real Cost of Crop Insurance, Farmers Write Big Premium Checks
Art Barnaby, Professor, Dept. of Ag Economics, Kansas State University

2:50 pm Break

3:20 pm Washington Update - Crop Insurance
Christy Seyfert, Vice President, Michael Torrey Associates, LLC

4:10 pm Farm Bill Overview
Barry Flinchbaugh, Professor, Dept. of Ag Economics, Kansas State University

5:00 pm Adjourn to Reception

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

Thursday September 12, 2013

8:00 am Welcome

8:10 am Macro-economic and Energy Factors Driving the Agricultural Outlook
Michael Swanson, Senior VP/Agricultural Economist and Consultant, Wells Fargo

9:00 am The Current and Future Farm Policy Outlook for Corn and Soybeans
Joe Outlaw, Professor, Dept. of Ag Economics, Texas A&M University

9:50 am Break

10:20 am Understanding the Trend Adjusted APH Yield Endorsement
Bruce Sherrick, Professor, Dept. of Ag & Consumer Economics, University of Illinois

10:45 am 2013 Crop and Weather Outlook
Dennis Todey, Extension State Climatologist & Associate Professor, Dept. of Ag & Biosystems Engineering, South Dakota State University

11:35 am Current Grain Marketing Issues
Ed Usset, Grain Marketing Specialist, University of Minnesota

Noon Adjourn

2012 Agenda & Presentations

Wednesday September 12, 2012

1:00 pm Welcome

1:10 pm Washington Update: Farm Bill, Issues, Elections
Jim Wiesemeyer, Senior Vice President, Informa Economics, Inc.

2:25 pm Crop Production Costs & Farm Income Trends
Robert Craven, Director, Center for Farm Financial Mgt, University of Minnesota

2:50 pm Break

3:20 pm Production Policies - Rating Methods
Frank Schnapp, Senior VP, ASIS Division, National Crop Insurance Services

3:45 pm RMA Update: Current Crop Insurance Issues
Bill Murphy, Administrator, RMA, USDA

5:00 pm Adjourn to Reception

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

Thursday September 13, 2012

8:00 am Welcome

8:10 am 2012 Weather & Crop Yield Outlook
Elwynn Taylor, Professor of Agronomy & Extension Climatologist, Iowa State University

9:00 am The USDA RMA Data Mining
Bert Little, Associate VP for Academic Research & Professor, Tarleton State University

9:50 am Break

10:20 am Outlook for the Ag Economy
Joseph Glauber, Chief Economist, USDA

11:10 am Current Grain Marketing Issues
Ed Usset, Grain Marketing Specialist, University of Minnesota

Noon Adjourn

2011 Agenda & Presentations

Wednesday September 14, 2011

1:00 pm Welcome

1:10 pm RMA Update: Current Crop Insurance Issues
Bill Murphy, Administrator, RMA, USDA

2:00 pm Fall 2011 Crop Insurance Update
Tom Zacharias, President, National Crop Insurance Services

2:50 pm Break

3:20 pm Livestock Gross Insurance For Dairy | Chart attachment
Brian W. Gould, Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin

4:10 pm Federal Crop Insurance Program Outlook
David Graves, Manager, American Association of Crop Insurers (AACI)

5:00 pm Adjourn to Reception

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

Thursday September 15, 2011

8:00 am Welcome

8:10 am Ag Economy: Forces of Change
Brian Buhr, Professor, University of Minnesota

9:00 am Crop Production Costs and Farm Income Trends
Robert Craven, Director, Center for Farm Financial Mgt., University of Minnesota

9:25 am Grain Markets in Turmoil
Ed Usset, Grain Marketing Specialist, University of Minnesota

9:50 am Break

10:20 am RMA Compliance Issues (NRCO)
Scott Tincher, Director, Northern Regional Compliance, RMA, USDA

10:45 am Trends in Precision Farming Technology
Don Preusser, President, John Deere Insurance Co.

11:10 am The 2012 Farm Bill: What To Expect
Jerry Hagstrom, Executive Editor, The Hagstrom Report

Noon Adjourn

2010 Agenda & Presentations

Wednesday September 15, 2010

1:00 pm Welcome

1:10 pm RMA Update: Current Crop Insurance Issues
Bill Murphy, Administrator, RMA, USDA

2:00 pm Recent Minnesota Weather Trends
Mark Seeley, Climatologist, University of Minnesota

2:50 pm Break

3:20 pm Business Transition Planning For You and Your Clients
Gary Hachfeld, Extension Educator, University of Minnesota Extension

3:45 pm Ethical Business Cultures: Reaping What You Sow
Ron James, President & CEO, Center for Ethical Business Cultures

5:00 pm Adjourn to Reception

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

Thursday September 16, 2010

8:00 am Welcome

8:10 am Combo Policy Impacts on Farm Financial Risk
Art Barnaby, Extension Specialist, Kansas State University

9:00 am Agricultural Issues in Washington, D.C.
Chandler Goule, VP of Government Relations, National Farmers Union

9:50 am Break

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

10:45 am Global Economics and Risk: Managing Through the Cycles
Dave Kohl, Professor Emeritus, Virginia Tech & AgriVisions LLC

Noon Adjourn

 

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