Minnesota Crop Insurance Conference

Due to COVID-19, the 2020 Minnesota Crop Insurance Conference will be hosted virtually.

The Midwest’s largest crop insurance conference

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 2020 conference will be held ONLINE September 16-17.

Conference Registration

The 2020 conference will be held virtually, via Zoom, on Wednesday, September 16 from 1 – 5 p.m. and Thursday, September 17 from 8 a.m. – noon.

Pre-registration is required and registration will close on Monday, September 14 at midnight. We will not accept registrations after that time. Each person must register using their own, unique email address, as this will be used to identify each attendee pursuing continuing education credits.

For registrations received by September 7:
Online registration: $95 per person

For registrations received between September 8-14:
Online registration: $140 per person

You should receive an e-receipt shortly after registering with more details about qualifying for continuing education credits. If you do not receive this email or have changes to your registration, please send a message to katiec@umn.edu.

Registration cancellations will be refunded until Friday, September 4 and are subject to a $25 handling fee. No refunds will be given after Friday, September 4.

Lodging

Room blocks were reserved at four nearby hotels. We are working with the hotels to cancel all hotel blocks with no penalties. Please contact your hotel directly to confirm that your room reservation has been cancelled.

Holiday Inn Express and Suites

County Inn & Suites Mankato

Hilton Garden Inn

Mankato City Center Hotel

Continuing Education

The conference has been approved for the following continuing education credits:

  • Minnesota: Approved (6 general credits, 2 ethics credit)
  • Iowa: Pending (6 general credits, 2 ethics credit)
  • North Dakota: Approved (6 general credits, 2 ethics credit)
  • South Dakota: Approved (6 crop credits, 2 general credit)
  • Wisconsin: Pending (6 general credits, 2 ethics credit)

Agents must verify attendance at all check-in periods throughout the event in order to earn continuing education credits. Attendance will be verified at the beginning of each day, as well as through polls conducted at unannounced intervals throughout the webinars. To receive continuing education credits, full attendance, as tracked by poll responses, is required.

The courses will take place live and will not be recorded for viewing at a later time.

2020 Minnesota Crop Insurance Conference

Dates:
September 16 – 17, 2020

 

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2020 Agenda & Presentations

Visit our Crop Insurance Conference Archive to learn more about past events!

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

12:00 p.m. Join online (Please join early to ensure the technology works for you. Agents seeking continuing education credit must join at the start of both days, as well as answer random poll questions during the event to receive credit.)

1:00 p.m. Welcome

1:10 p.m. High Impact Meteorology in Production Agriculture, Eric Snodgrass, Principal Atmospheric Scientist, Nutrien Ag Solutions

2:00 p.m. Break

2:10 p.m. The Evolution of Farm Policy and the Role of Crop Insurance – A D.C. Update, Tara Smith, Executive Vice President, Michael Torrey Associates, LLC

3:00 p.m. Break

3:10 p.m. Five Common Mistakes in Grain Marketing, Ed Usset, Grain Marketing Economist, Extension Economist, Center for Farm Financial Management, University of Minnesota

4:00 p.m. Break

4:10 p.m. RMA Crop Insurance Update
Martin Barbre, RMA Administrator, USDA Risk Management Agency

5:00 p.m. Adjourn

Thursday, September 17, 2020

7:15 a.m. Join online (Please join early to ensure the technology works for you. Agents seeking continuing education credit must join at the start of both days, as well as answer random poll questions during the event to receive credit.)

8:00 a.m. Welcome

8:05 a.m. Economic Transition in a Black Swan Environment, David Kohl, Professor Emeritus, Virginia Tech

9:20 a.m. Break

9:35 a.m.  Understanding the Impacts of Stress on Mental Wellbeing, Shauna Reitmeier, Chief Executive Officer, Northwestern Mental Health Center

10:00 a.m. Break

10:10 a.m. The Ethical Lapses of 2018-2019: What We Can Learn, Marianne Jennings, Professor Emeritus, Arizona State University

11:50 a.m. Wrap up

Noon Adjourn