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CropInsurance TODAY 2014 Annual Convention VisitWebsite Draws Record Numbers The 2014 Crop Insurance Industry Annual Convention, sponsored by the American Association of Crop Insurers (AACI) and the National Crop Insurance Services (NCIS), was a huge success again this year. Record attendance of over 500 company representatives, reinsurers and agents was only part of the reason. The educational sessions were excellent and included well-known speakers including Orion Samuelson, Paul Begala and Tucker Carlson. The meeting also provided attendees an opportunity to meet with reinsurers and network with other crop insurance professionals. Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) addressed the convention attendees and noted that crop insurance is now the centerpiece of U.S. farm policy. "Today, crop insurance is the foundation of this Farm Bill and the farm safety net," Stabenow said. AACI and NCIS Chairman, Tim Weber, Great American Insurance Company 30 MAy2014 Stabenow noted that during the Farm Bill debate that farmers stressed their support for crop insurance and asked Congress to strengthen it. "By making crop insurance more readily available, including to specialty crop growers," she said, "the policy's coalition of support has been strengthened." Tim Weber, Chairman of both AACI and Crop insurance companies NCIS, was the opening and agents worked closely speaker at the convention Monday morning. with Ducks Unlimited and "There can be no question that when it other conservation groups comes to managing the during the Farm Bill debate risks posed by Mother Nature or volatile world to establish common-sense markets, Federal crop insurance has no equal," he conservation compliance said, adding "this success requirements for crop was achieved all the while overall federal spending insurance participation. on farm programs has trended down." When speaking about the recent passage of the 2014 Farm Bill, Weber said, "...we applaud our congressional leaders for overwhelmingly passing a Farm Bill that strengthens, not weakens, our commitment to crop insurance. I truly believe that 10 years down the road, when we look back at the 2014 Farm Bill, it will be elevated to one of the major legislative initiatives that established landmark developments for crop insurance and production agriculture." Crop insurance companies and agents worked closely with Ducks Unlimited and other conservation groups during the Farm Bill debate

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Crop Insurance Today May 2014

“...Where to now, St. Peter?”
2013 Year In Review
NCIS Celebrates Silver Anniversary
2014 Annual Convention Draws Record Numbers
Four Industry Stalwarts Presented Lifetime Achievement Awards
Dan Carothers Receives Outstanding Service Award
Kenny Shock Receives NCIS Industry Leadership Award
Tom Vetter Receives NCIS Industry Leadership Award
Committee Chairs Ready for the Year
Jo Anne Baker Retires Leaving NCIS

Crop Insurance Today May 2014