• 03/08/2013 3:04 PM | Judd Gardner

    National Crop Insurance Services released an outstanding video featuring farmers, agents, and adjusters all reacting to the critics’ claims that “farmers are praying for a drought” so they can collect on crop insurance, and that they are “laughing all the way to the bank.” Farm Policy Facts (FPF) is helping circulate the video and press release. Please help circulate the video to your farmer clients, fellow agents, family and friends.

  • 02/14/2013 10:10 AM | Judd Gardner

    Another successful membership meeting is in the books. CIPA members met Monday afternoon in Indian Wells, California in conjunction with the Annual Industry Convention. The meeting was led off by Tom Sell of Combest, Sell & Associates who gave a Washington D.C. report. Following Tom’s presentation, Brandon Willis, Acting Administrator of RMA, hosted a roundtable discussion with CIPA members to discuss future challenges and opportunities for Federal Crop Insurance.


    For information on joining CIPA, please visit the membership page or contact us at 202.544.5873.

  • 01/17/2013 9:14 AM | Judd Gardner

    Thinking about joining Crop Insurance Professionals Association?


    CIPA represents independent crop insurance agents from across the country on legislative and regulatory affairs in Washington D.C., in addition to providing a forum for the top agents in the nation to network with each other and exchange information and ideas. CIPA members are kept up-to-date on the latest issues facing crop insurance by the leadership team, which is led by Larry Combest, former Chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture and principle author of the 2000 Ag Risk Protection Act (ARPA) and the 2002 Farm Bill.


    You can learn more and apply for membership here on our website. You may also refer to our membership factsheet for more information.

  • 09/05/2012 4:33 PM | Judd Gardner

    Recently all CIPA Supporting Members received the biannual newsletter, CIPA Standard, a 6-page formatted document containing CIPA news and activities reports, a fall farm bill prognostication and update, and CIPA PAC information. To receive your copy of CIPA Standard, please join CIPA as a Supporting Member for the nominal annual fee of $10.


    Supporting Membership is for anyone whose livelihoods are affected by crop insurance. In addition to receiving the newsletter, Supporting Members are granted access to additional resources on the website and allowed to contribute to the CIPA PAC.


    Please feel free to contact us at 202.544.5873 with any questions.

  • 08/09/2012 11:49 AM | Judd Gardner

    A Letter to the Editor by CIPA Board Member, Jason Williamson of Payne, Ohio, was recently published in the New York Times in response to an editorial the newspaper ran titled, "Drought and the Farm Bills." Among other things, the article claimed crop insurance “guaranteed profits” for farmers. You can read Jason’s response below:


    To the Editor:


    Your July 25 editorial “Drought and the Farm Bills” implies that farmers are somehow purchasing crop insurance policies as a way to get rich. Nothing could be further from the truth.


    Crop insurance has become the chief risk management tool for farmers for one simple reason: It works. Farmers purchase policies and can receive claims only for documented losses.


    As you noted, most of the United States is locked in a severe drought this year. Crop losses may be deep, and no crop insurance indemnity will be enough to make any of these farmers whole again. The indemnity will allow those who purchased policies to get back on their feet and farm yet another day.


    Do you think that drivers who purchase car insurance are secretly hoping for a car wreck to get a check from the insurance company? It’s an absurd idea. You purchase insurance for protection, not to make a buck.


    As a crop insurance agent, I can tell you that there is nothing farmers want more than a bountiful harvest. But if Mother Nature does not cooperate, and it looks as if she won’t this year, farmers will need crop insurance as a backup plan.



    Payne, Ohio, July 27, 2012


  • 07/09/2012 6:01 PM | Judd Gardner

    After the release of the House farm bill last week, CIPA joined with Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America (Big I), and the National Association of Professional Insurance Agents (PIA) in sending a letter to Chairman Frank Lucas (R-OK) and Ranking Member Collin Peterson (D-MN) expressing support for the bill. In the letter CIPA commends Mr. Lucas and Mr. Peterson for constructing a “bipartisan farm bill that honors the request of producers to do no harm to Federal Crop Insurance.” The letter goes on to express support for numerous aspects of the bill. You can read the entire letter here.


  • 06/19/2012 5:53 PM | Judd Gardner

    Quentin Bowen, a corn and soybean farmer from Humboldt, Nebraska, penned an op-ed for the Omaha World Herald, in which he takes the false assertions regularly made by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) head on:


    "The EWG is skilled in information manipulation and persuasion, and it has been at the forefront of eliminating much of farm policy in recent years. Ironically, while the United States has been taking tools away from its farmers as a result, our biggest foreign competitors - some of the worst environmental offenders on the planet - have been ratcheting up subsidization levels. The EWG hasn't seemed to care."


    Mr. Bowen goes on to clearly articulate why crop insurance is essential for farmers like himself in managing their unique risks, and why anti-crop insurance amendments being considered in the Senate farm bill debate should be defeated.


    Please find the entire article here.

  • 05/21/2012 10:15 AM | Judd Gardner

    Ruth Gerdes, CIPA Member and Regulatory Affairs Committee Chair from Auburn, Nebraska, testified at the House Agriculture Committee on Thursday, May 17, 2012. Ruth told the committee her own personal history with crop insurance – how her family almost lost their farm in the 1980’s because they had been sold the wrong crop insurance coverage – and how that spurred her into becoming an agent. She vowed to never let what happen to her family happen again to them or their neighbors, and ever since she has been dedicated to building and improving Federal Crop Insurance into the success story it is today.


    The screen shot below is linked to the House Agriculture Committee website, where a video of the hearing can be found. Ruth was on the fourth panel of the hearing and comes on the video at the 1 hour 45 minute mark.


    You can also read Ruth's written testimony.


  • 05/15/2012 8:45 AM | Judd Gardner

    National Crop Insurance Services made public today a video discussing the Texas drought and how crop insurance helped farmers and ranchers pick up the pieces after the disaster. The video features a grower and a banker from the state. Please share the video link with anyone who might benefit from watching it – it truly does speak to the value of crop insurance.


    Please find the video linked here.

  • 05/14/2012 8:43 AM | Judd Gardner

    The number one goal of a crop insurance agent is to put the farmer first. Ruth Gerdes, farmer and crop insurance agent from Auburn, Nebraska knows this as well as anyone.  Here you will find a document Ruth put together that details the work the Auburn Agency does on a month by month basis over the course of a year.  This is the process Ruth and her team goes through for each and every client, taking special care to fully educate them on their risk management options available.


    Find the month by month description of the work done by a crop insurance agent here.

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