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"For the Want of a Nail"

"Put yourself in the place of
the man at the forge"
Tom Zacharias, NCIS President

Each of us,
perhaps without a doubt,
can recall our original
plans and expectations for
2020 prior to the onset
of the pandemic.

(Second in a Four Part Series)
As regular readers of this publication may
recall, we began a four-part series entitled "For
the Want of a Nail" beginning with our First
Quarter issue which was published at the time
of the Crop Insurance Annual Convention. The
backdrop for this series was the "folk-lore" proverb memorialized in song by Todd Rundgren.
Interested readers can also find the "proverb of
the nail" in other outlets or venues, including:
Ben Franklin (Poor Richard's Almanac, 1758);
Mary Robinette Kowal (Asimov's Science Fiction,
September 2010); and John Gower (first English
version, late 14th century).
And the initial verses go something like this.

"...For the want of a nail, the shoe was lost
For the want of a shoe, the horse was lost
For the want of a horse, the rider was lost
For the want of a rider, the message was lost
For the want of a message, the battle was lost
For the want of a battle, the war was lost
For the want of a war, the kingdom was lost."
The imagery of the "Nail" is that of the "kingdom at war." And to be clear, as a society, our collective fight against COVID-19 is just that.
As this issue of TODAY® goes to press, we
find ourselves in the throes of the COVID-19
pandemic, which has altered our individual
and collective lives for the foreseeable future.
No matter where we live, here in the United

States, internationally, urban or rural, COVID-19
has affected all of us.

"...I had plans so big
But the devil's in the details..."
Each of us, perhaps without a doubt, can recall our original plans and expectations for 2020
prior to the onset of the pandemic. We had "...
plans so big..." Personal and business travel, graduation plans for children and grandchildren, the
list goes on. And, no doubt, we all know someone personally who has been directly affected by
the pandemic.
As the scale of the pandemic became apparent, we all had to re-focus our personal
lives and work efforts. In doing so, attention
to detail became paramount. For NCIS and its
members, this took shape in the form of an
ongoing exchange among the crop insurance
companies and the Risk Management Agency
(RMA) to iron out and modify current procedures and processes in order to ensure that the
nation's farmers could have access to the crop
insurance tools available to them in spite of the
operational difficulties posed by the pandemic. Fortunately, the March sales closing date
had passed before shutdown protocols were
put in place. Since that time, agents, companies, and RMA have worked through the "...
devil in the details..." to provide flexibility to
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