Minnesota Crop Insurance Conference

The Midwest’s largest crop insurance conference

The Minnesota Crop Insurance Conference is one of the largest continuing education conferences for 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 2022 conference will be held September 14-15, 2022 and will be offered online or in person in Mankato, MN.

Conference Registration

Pre-registration is required. In-person and online registration will open summer 2022.


Room blocks have been reserved at nearby hotels under the name “MN Crop Insurance Conference.” Reserve your room by August 15 to be eligible for the rates listed below (not including tax). After August 15, reservations will be on a space and rate available basis. We do not have a room block at the Mankato City Center Hotel this year, as they will be undergoing a renovation. You are welcome to make reservations, but be aware there may be construction throughout the hotel.

County Inn and Suites: $113.00 or $123.00

Hilton Garden Inn: $116.00

Holiday Inn Express: $129.99

Fairfield Inn and Suites: $109.00

Continuing Education

The conference offers continuing education credits in the following states:

  • Iowa
  • Minnesota
  • North Dakota
  • South Dakota
  • Wisconsin


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.

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



MN Crop Insurance Conference

2022 Minnesota Crop Insurance Conference

September 14-15, 2022

Registration opens summer 2022

Mike Swanson

Michael Swanson is an agricultural economist and consultant for Wells Fargo, the largest commercial agricultural lender in the United States. Based in Minneapolis, his responsibilities include analyzing the impact of energy on agriculture, forecasting for key agricultural commodities and livestock sectors. Additionally, he helps develop credit and risk strategies for Wells Fargo’s customers, and performs macroeconomic and international analysis on agricultural production and agribusiness. Michael joined Wells Fargo in 2000 as a senior economist.

Ed Usset

Edward Usset serves as a Grain Marketing Economist for the Center for Farm Financial Management at the University of Minnesota. At the University, he teaches “Commodity Markets” to undergraduate and graduate students. The 2nd Edition of his book, “Grain Marketing is Simple (it’s just not easy)” was released in November, 2015. Ed regularly speaks to farm groups throughout the Corn Belt on the difficult challenge of marketing grain. He is also a regular contributor to Corn & Soybean Digest online.

Marcia Bunger

Marcia BungerOn November 15, 2021, Marcia Bunger was named Administrator for the Risk Management Agency. She joins USDA after serving as a County Executive Director for USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) for 18 years. In total, she has over 25 years of experience working for USDA in the Farm Service Agency. Bunger graduated cum laude and received her bachelor’s degree from Augustana College. She is the first member of the Asian American and Pacific Islander community and the first woman to serve as RMA Administrator.

Eric Snodgrass

Eric SnodgrassEric is a Science Fellow and Principal Atmospheric Scientist for Nutrien Ag Solutions, where he develops predictive, analytical software solutions to manage weather risk for global production agriculture. Snodgrass is a co-founder of Global Weather and Climate Logistic, LLC and Agrible, Inc., which were both acquired by Nutrien Ag Solutions in 2018. Prior to transitioning to Nutrien Ag Solutions, Eric was the Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from 2006-2019.

Kristine Tidgren

Kristine TidgrenKristine is the director for the Iowa State Center for Agricultural Law and Taxation. Her work focuses on studying and interpreting laws impacting the agricultural industry. Since joining Iowa State in 2013, Kristine has written hundreds of articles and blogposts to keep tax professionals, practicing attorneys, producers, and agribusiness professionals informed about legal developments. She received her J.D. at the University of Texas Austin and B.A. from Iowa State. She hails from a farm in west central Iowa.