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Mike O’Connor retired from NCIS in
early February after 14 years of dedication
to NCIS and the crop insurance industry.
Mike was hired by NCIS in 1998 as a
training and development specialist. After
working in that capacity for several years,
Mike decided to focus more on MPCI policies and procedures and became the resident “expert” on the livestock programs,
nursery and many others. Mike often
trained on new products and changes at the
NCIS Update Conferences and provided
parliamentary procedure training to the regional/state committee chairmen during
Mike had a distinguished history
working in the crop insurance industry
prior to joining NCIS. His professional experiences included operating a general
agency, soliciting production, supervising
underwriting, adjusting claims and providing training to both agents and adjusters. While working for a private
company, Mike served as two years as
chairman of the NCIS Nebraska
Prior to his life in crop insurance, Mike
was a classroom teacher, coach and
elementary principal and high school
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terminated. There are mechanical means to roll,
flatten, or mow the cover crop so that the cover
crop does not compete with the main crop. The
last issue is that some producers want to be able
to plant into the living cover crop before the cover
crop has reached the termination stage, but that
is not acceptable due to the current insurance
provisions that does not allow the inter-planting
of any insured crop into another living crop.
The use of cover crops have some advantages,
especially in areas with a longer growing season
and more consistent moisture as a means to prevent erosion and the possible pollution of
P. John Owen
NCIS staff and those in the industry
who worked with Mike always appreciated
his sense of humor, his intellect and his
dedication to the industry. We wish him
the very best in his retirement!
P John Owen
P. John Owen retired in late March after
11 years as General Counsel for NCIS.
During his time at NCIS, John was responsible for many legal affairs activities either on behalf of NCIS or the crop insurance
industry. John’s extensive background in antitrust counseling was beneficial for NCIS
and the industry and he would train NCIS
board of directors and officers on the topic,
as well as regional/state chairmen. A 20minute antitrust video was developed last
year and is shown at the NCIS regional/state
annual meetings and at other training events.
John was also the lead attorney during
groundwater, surface water or estuaries, as well
as improve the soil structure. The use of the cover
crops may require some changes in how the producer handles his management and planning for
the year. There needs to be an awareness on the
producers side as well as the insurance side that
the use of these cover crops may cause problems
depending on the weather conditions. The critical thing to remember is that there is not one system that will work for all of the different farming
situations that producers face because of varying
climate, soils, and crop needs.
Below are several publications that discuss the
favorable aspects of using cover crops:
the 2005 and 2011 Standard Reinsurance
Agreement negotiations and provided advice on litigation matters, corporate governance, licensing of intellectual property,
and various others.
Before joining NCIS, John did a substantial amount of work for NCIS and its
members at the Morrison & Hecker law
firm (now Stinson Morrison Hecker). John
began private practice with Morrison &
Hecker in 1972 where substantially all of
his practice was devoted to litigation matters, antitrust counseling, and corporate
He received his undergraduate and law
degrees, respectively, from Georgetown
University in 1969 and Northwestern University in 1972.
John’s wisdom and guidance will be
missed by NCIS and the industry. We wish
him well in his retirement!
Managing Cover Crops Profitably. 3rd Edition. Handbook
Series Book 9. Sustainable Agriculture Network,
Cover Crops for Modern Cropping Systems,
Eileen Kladivko, Agronomy Department, Purdue University, Created August 2011 URL: www.ag.purdue.edu/agry/extension/Documents/CoverCropsO
Using Cover Crops to Improve Soil and Water
Quality, James J. Hoorman,: ohioline.osu.edu/anrfact/pdf/Using_Cover_crops.pdf
Planting Winter Rye after Corn Silage: Managing for Forage by Jim Stute, Kevin Shelley, Dwight Mueller, and
Tim Wood ipcm.wisc.edu/downloads/nutrientmanagment/
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Crops Planted Following a Cover Crop
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