Minnesota Crop Insurance Conference

Save the Date for the 2021 Minnesota Crop Insurance Conference: September 15-16, 2021

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 2021 conference will be held September 15-16, 2021.

We are excited to have the conference back in-person at the Mayo Clinic Health System Event Center in downtown Mankato, Minnesota beginning at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, September 15 and concluding at noon on Thursday, September 16. For those who are more comfortable attending the conference virtually, we will also be offering the conference online.

COVID-19:

The 2021 Minnesota Crop Insurance Conference plans to operate at full capacity. Guidelines from the Minnesota Department of Health do not limit venue capacity or require physical distancing between individuals.

Following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance, if you are fully vaccinated, no masks are required. If you wish to wear a mask, please continue to do so. We ask all of you to be respectful of any individual’s decision to wear or not wear a mask.

Conference Registration

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Pre-registration is required. Registration for the conference closes end-of-day September 13.

IN-PERSON

For registrations received by September 1:
Online registration: $170 per person
Registration by email or phone: $190 per person

For registrations received after September 1:
Online registration: $220 per person
Registration by email or phone or in-person: $250 per person

VIRTUAL

$140 per person

CANCELLATION POLICY

You should receive an e-receipt shortly after registering. If you do not receive this email or have changes to your registration, please contact katiec@umn.edu.

Registration cancellations will be refunded through Monday, August 30 and are subject to a $30 handling fee; no refunds will be given after this date.

A registrant may change their registration from in-person to virtual attendance until Monday, September 13, however, no refunds will be issued. A registrant may change their registration from virtual to in-person attendance upon payment of the difference in the registration fees until Monday, September 13. Any refund or additional fee due to and from a registrant for changing registration shall be calculated on the basis of the registration fee applicable at the time of the registrant’s request.

Questions? Contact Katie at katiec@umn.edu or by calling (612) 547-9995.

Lodging

Room blocks are available at nearby hotels under the name “2021 MN Crop Insurance Conference.” Reserve your room by August 15, 2021 to be eligible for the rates listed below (not including tax). After August 15, reservations will be on a space and rate available basis.

Holiday Inn Express and Suites: $124.99

County Inn & Suites Mankato: $110 or $120

Hilton Garden Inn: $115

Mankato City Center Hotel: $89.99

Continuing Education

The conference offers continuing education credits in the following states:

  • Iowa: Approved (7 general credits, 1 ethics credit)
  • Minnesota: Approved (7 general credits, 1 ethics credit)
  • North Dakota: Approved (7 general credits, 1 ethics credit)
  • South Dakota: Approved (8 general credits)
  • Wisconsin: Approved (7 general credits, 1 ethics credit)

Agents joining virtually and 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. Agents attending in-person must check-in at the start of both days, as well as sign the signature page circulated during the event to receive credit.

MN Crop Insurance Conference

2021 Minnesota Crop Insurance Conference

Dates:
September 15-16, 2021 

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2021 Agenda

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

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

11:00 a.m. Check-in (Agents attending in-person must check-in at the start of both days, as well as sign the signature page circulated during the event to receive credit.)

12:00 p.m. Join online (Please join early to ensure the technology works for you. Agents attending online 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

1:05 p.m. Managing in the Roller Coaster Economic Cycle, Dave Kohl, Professor Emeritus, Virginia Tech

1:55 p.m. Harvest Weather and Assessing the Risk of 2022 Drought, Drew Lerner, President and Senior Agricultural Meteorologist, World Weather, Inc.

2:45 p.m. Break

3:15 p.m. Announcements

3:20 p.m. RMA Fall Update, Richard Flournoy, Acting RMA Administrator, USDA Risk Management Agency

4:10 p.m., Washington Update, Collin Peterson, Manager, The Peterson Group, Inc. and Tom Sell, Managing Partner, Combest, Sell & Associates, LLC

5:00 p.m. Adjourn

5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Reception sponsored by crop insurance companies and agent associations

Thursday, September 16, 2021

7:00 – 8:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast

7:15 a.m. Check-in & Join online (Please join early to ensure the technology works for you. Agents joining virtually and 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. Agents attending in-person must check-in at the start of both days, as well as sign the signature page circulated during the event to receive credit.)

8:00 a.m. Welcome

8:05 a.m. The Agricultural Economy: 2022 and Beyond, Matt Roberts, Founder, The Kernmantle Group 

9:20 a.m. Margin Protection, ECO, or Neither: How do I decide? Alex Offerdahl, Crop Insurance Division Head, Watts & Associates

9:45 a.m. Break

10:15 a.m. Announcements

10:20 a.m. Developing Carbon Markets in Ag: Possible Impact on Production, Ray Massey, Extension Professor, University of Missouri Extension

10:45 a.m. The Bull Market that Nobody saw Coming, Ed Usset, Grain Marketing Economist and Extension Economist, Center for Farm Financial Management

11:10 a.m. The Trust Edge™: How Top Leaders and Organizations Drive Business Results through Trust, David Horsager, President and CEO, Trust Edge Leadership Institute

Noon Adjourn

2021 Speakers

Dr. David Kohl

Dr. David KohlDr. Dave Kohl is a Professor Emeritus of Agricultural Finance and Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics at Virginia Tech. Dr. Kohl has keen insight into the agriculture industry gained through extensive travel, research, and involvement in ag businesses. He has conducted more than 7,000 presentations and published more than 2,500 articles in his career. Dr. Kohl’s wisdom and engagement with all levels of the industry provide a unique perspective into future trends. Dr. Kohl is currently President of AgriVisions, LLC, a knowledge-based consulting business providing cutting-edge programs to leading agricultural organizations worldwide. He is also a business coach and part owner of Homestead Creamery, a value-added dairy business in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

David Horsager

David HorsagerDavid Horsager, MA, CSP, CPAE is the CEO of Trust Edge Leadership Institute, national bestselling author of The Trust Edge, inventor of the Enterprise Trust Index™, and director of one of the nation’s foremost trust studies: The Trust Outlook™. His work has been featured in prominent publications such as Fast Company, Forbes, and The Wall Street Journal. David has advised leaders and delivered life-changing presentations on six continents, with audiences ranging everywhere from FedEx, Toyota and global governments to the New York Yankees and the Department of Homeland Security.

Additional speakers include:

  • Richard Flournoy, USDA Risk Management Agency
  • Drew Lerner, World Weather, Inc.
  • Ray Massey, University of Missouri Extension
  • Alex Offerdahl, Watts and Associates
  • Collin Peterson, The Peterson Group, Inc.
  • Matt Roberts, The Kernmantle Group
  • Tom Sell, Combest, Sell & Associates, LLC
  • Edward Usset, University of Minnesota