Minnesota Crop Insurance Conference
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 2019 Conference will be held September 11-12 at the Mankato Civic Center in Mankato, MN.
The 2019 conference will be held September 11-12, 2019.
Pre-registration is required; walk-in registrations will not be accepted.
For registrations received by August 30:
Online registration: $160 per person
Registration by email or phone: $180 per person
For registrations received after August 30:
Online registration: $210 per person
Registration by email or phone: $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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration cancellations will be refunded until Friday, August 30 and are subject to a $25 handling fee; no refunds will be given after this date.
Room blocks have been reserved at three nearby hotels under the name “MN Crop Insurance Conference.” Reserve your room by August 11 to be eligible for the rates listed below (not including tax). After August 11, reservations will be on a space and rate available basis.
The conference has been approved for the following continuing education credits:
- Minnesota: Approved (7 general credits, 1 ethics credit)
Iowa: Approved (7 general credits, 1 ethics credit)
North Dakota: Approved (7 general credits, 1 ethics credit)
South Dakota: Approved (7 crop credits, 1 general credit)
Wisconsin: Approved (7 general credits, 1 ethics credit)
Agents must verify attendance at all check-in periods throughout the event in order to earn continuing education credits.
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!
2019 Agenda & Presentations
Wednesday, September 11, 2019
11:00 a.m. Check-in (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.)
1:00 p.m. Welcome
1:05 p.m. Squeezing Profits from Agriculture Productivity, Jason Henderson, Associate Dean and Director of Cooperative Extension Service, Purdue University
1:55 p.m. The Future of Hemp Production, John Strohfus, Founder and CEO, Minnesota Hemp Farms, Inc.
2:20 p.m. The 2018 Farm Bill and MN Hemp Regulations, Anthony Cortilet, Supervisor Hemp and Noxious Weed Programs, Minnesota Department of Agriculture
2:45 p.m. Break
3:15 p.m. Announcements
3:20 p.m. Washington Policy Update in the Changing Nature of D.C., Scott Graves, President, American Association of Crop Insurers (AACI)
3:45 p.m. Rural Resilience: Building Hope for Tomorrow, Cynthie Christensen, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, Oak Ridge Teletherapy
4:10 p.m. RMA Crop Insurance Update, Martin Barbre, RMA Administrator, USDA Risk Management Agency
5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Reception
Sponsored by Crop Insurance Companies and Associations
Thursday, September 12, 2019
7:15 a.m. Check-in (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.)
8:00 a.m. Welcome
8:05 a.m. Ethics and Leadership, Rand Park, Senior Lecturer, Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota
8:55 a.m. All Data, Big and Small: Agricultural Data and Risk Management on the Farm, Shannon Ferrell, Associate Professor, Oklahoma State University
9:45 a.m. Break
10:15 a.m. Announcements
10:20 a.m. The 2018 Farm Bill: Producer Decisions, Kevin Klair, Associate Director and Extension Economist, Center for Farm Financial Management, University of Minnesota
10:45 a.m. Grain Market Chaos, Ed Usset, Grain Marketing Specialist and Extension Economist, Center for Farm Financial Management, University of Minnesota
11:10 a.m. Ag Policy: Macros, Politics and Trade, Barry Flinchbaugh, Professor Emeritus, Kansas State University