Crop Insurance Today August 2013 - (Page 1)
“It could be, it might be,
it is!” Baseball Insights
for Crop Insurance
Summer is upon us as this issue of TODAY® goes
to press, and what is summer without some baseball?
Personally, I am not an avid baseball fan, but I have
fallen in and out of love with the Cubbies over the
years, and I do enjoy catching some of the College
World Series if scheduling permits. Sports and sporting events can serve as a wonderful metaphor on life,
and baseball is no exception.
With that in mind, let’s pull out some trusty baseball quotes—and maybe an obscure quote or two and
see if we can gain some insight, possible inspiration,
and perspective about our Industry from some of the
great sages of our national pastime. So, let’s Play Ball!
Laurie Langstraat, Editor
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Yogi Berra and the Farm Bill
Well, no agriculturally based trade magazine can
respectably miss an issue these days without some commentary on the farm bill. Given the state
of affairs in D.C. these days, it won’t be tough to knock this one “outta” the park.
Yogi-ism #1) “It’s like deja vu all over again.”
September 30 is just not that far away, and without legislative movement, we could be on the
verge of another farm bill extension.
Or to shift gears and quote Jerry Jeff Walker “...we’ve been down this road once or twice before...”
Fortunately, crop insurance is under permanent law, and as such remains the fundamental
element of the farm safety net. This is a good thing. Farmers can rely on crop insurance, as can
the farm lending community.
Yogi-ism #2) “It ain’t over ‘til it’s over.”
Because the “game” is still being played, Industry must still remain focused, not only on
farm bill deliberations, but on the business at hand, serving our customers. It is unclear where
the farm bill process will land, and there is a great deal at stake for our Industry. But more importantly, there is more at stake for the farmers and ranchers we serve. While we all await the
bottom of the 9th, we need to stay on our toes, know the situation of the game, and be ready if
the ball is hit to us.
Harry Caray and Service to Our Customers
Here I defer to the voice of the Chicago Cubs; the late, great Harry Caray.
“I know it is the fans that are responsible for me being here. I’ve always tried in each and every
broadcast to serve the fans to the best of my ability.”
Working and striving to the best of our ability is all we can ever do. We will make mistakes,
we will get frustrated, and even if we are called out at home, we need to dust ourselves off and
continue to do our jobs serving agriculture as best we can the next time we are up to bat.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Crop Insurance Today August 2013
"It could be, it might be, it is!" Baseball Insights for Crop Insurance
The PRISM Climate and Weather System An Introduction
Crop Insurance In Action
2012 U.S. Crop-Hail & MPCI Loss Ratio By State
2012 Research Review
Incorporating Crop Insurance Decisions into a Risk Management Plan
Step 10-Documenting, Sharing and Revising
Dave Snider Retires
Crop Insurance Today August 2013