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A popular and important component of the session includes a round table discussion on current events, regional issues and hot topics from every area of the country. Sometimes we get concerned about on our own little piece of the world and forget that crop insurance is written in all 50 states. While states like Texas and California are struggling with drought, farmers in the Southeast can't start planting because the fields are too wet. North Dakota's oil boom is still wreaking havoc with the availability of rail cars to transport grain to market; Ohio and Indiana, for example, are seeing the expansion of cover crops; and, Montana is seeing an expanded interest in the new Whole Farm Revenue product. And no matter where you live, the 2014 Farm Bill's introduction of supplemental products and/or expanded crop insurance options have farmers asking lots of questions and needing more and more information. The expectations and Some of the regional/state committees meet on a monthly basis, some quarterly and some as needed. All member companies are notified of the meetings and strongly encouraged to attend, listen and discuss issues that may have happened or that could potentially be a concern for all companies. Each committee has a NCIS liaison that they work with and is the contact point to ensure that all member companies receive notices and minutes of the meetings. If an issue needs to be forwarded on to a NCIS standing committee, the NCIS liaison is the person to do that. Not only do the chairmen gain knowledge from the training session but so does the NCIS staff by knowing what is happening out in the field. It is a personal and professional honor to be elected as chairman of a regional/state committee. The expectations and responsibilities are great but so are the rewards for being selected by your peers to serve in this important leadership position. The chairmen now better understand the role of the committees, what is expected of them and are prepared to successfully fulfill their official duties. Most of the committees were represented at the training by their chairman, but in some cases where the chairman wasn't available, another committee member attended. leadership in the crop insurance industry.  The past few years the award has been presented to: Ben Latham, Steve Rutledge, Bob Haney, Rick Gibson, Bob Parkerson, Chuck Lassey, Kent Petersen, Russell Slade, Greg Burger, Jim Deal and Linda Vickers. Many of these individuals have served on the NCIS Board of Directors. Jim Deal and Linda Vickers were instrumental in the early advancement of the industry and the increased role of the private sector. These are individuals who have both played well and "made it memorable." As an industry we acknowledge the contribution of these who "have gone before" and "paved the way" for the rest of us. We offer a sincere and genuine appreciation from all of us at NCIS for the contribution of these individuals to the crop insurance industry. In this issue you will find the aforementioned "2014 Year in Review" article. Please do not be daunted by the length of this piece as it contains an extensive review of what occurred in the markets, the weather and other outside factors affecting the experience of the crop insurance industry in 2014. Those who received lifetime achievement and other industry awards during the 2014 annual convention are recognized in this issue along with the 18 NCIS regional/state committee chairmen, who completed their annual training in late March. Please note that our August issue of Crop Insurance TODAY® will be delayed until mid-September due to the AIAG Congress, which will meet in Kansas City in late September. The International Association of Hail Insurers (AIAG) was founded in 1951 in Paris. Currently more than 100 member companies from 26 countries belong to the association. The group organizes an international congress every two years to exchange worldwide experiences and to study current challenges. The theme of this year's congress is "Private Public Partnership and New Technology to Secure Food Supply." The September issue will contain articles about the history of U.S. farm policy and crop insurance and highlight how other countries operate risk management programs for their farmers. Our decision to delay is so that we can provide timely and appropriate information for those who attend the Congress, as well as for you, our regular readers, to broaden your knowledge about international agriculture. We hope that you enjoy this issue and have a wonderful spring! responsibilities are great but so are the rewards for being selected by your peers to serve in this important leadership position. Continued from page 28 Insurance Program is a central component of our nation's farm safety net, and when one farmer takes advantage of that system, all farmers are hurt.  To preserve the safety net for honest, hard-working farmers, the Risk Management Agency actively works to decrease fraud, waste and abuse in the Federal Crop Insurance Program." Playing Well and "Making it Memorable" In 2003 I had the opportunity to attend the NCAA Division I golf championship. In the field that year were several college players who have gone on to have successful professional careers, including the likes of Bill Haas, Camillo Vegegas, and Hunter Mahan. As each group walked off the first tee to begin their round, the starter would call out "...Make it Memorable..." In 2013, NCIS initiated a "Lifetime Achievement Award." Recipients of the award are typically acknowledged during the crop insurance industry annual convention.  The purpose of the award is to recognize outstanding leadership of an individual who consistently demonstrated outstanding 40 MAY2015

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“Leg Godt,” or as the Danes would say, “Play Well” (Legos and Crop Insurance)
2014 Year in Review
Florida Hosts Industry Leaders
Four Presented with Industry Awards
Dean Benson Receives Outstanding Service Award
Jeff Meyer Receives NCIS Industry Leadership Award
NCIS Hosts Committee Leaders
Crop Insurance in Action Kiodette and Rich Stroh, Powell, Wyoming
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Crop Insurance Today May 2015 - Crop Insurance in Action Kiodette and Rich Stroh, Powell, Wyoming
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