About

Mission Statement: Preserving the Farm Safety Net

Purposes: CIRB’s purposes are to:

  • Act as a liaison between member companies and regulatory agencies
  • Educate Congress on all aspects of crop insurance
  • Work with Congress in the passage of legislation that strengthens the crop insurance program
  • Protect private hail insurance from federal regulations that weaken or destabilize it
  • Promote crop insurance to the general public
  • Provide educational support to members, to develop educational products for members and the general public
  • Work cooperatively with other trade groups and associations

Full Membership: Restricted to direct writers, reinsurance companies and reinsurance brokerage groups. Dues are established annually and based upon direct written premium for insurance companies and a flat rate for reinsurance operations.

Associate Membership: Available for others with an interest in crop insurance upon application approval by the CIRB Executive Committee.

Year Founded: 1964

Location: CIRB is centrally located in Washington, DC, just a few steps from the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate offices and only a few blocks from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Structure: CIRB is governed by a Board of Directors representing each full member company and the Executive Committee that directs and works with the Executive Vice President.

CIRB 101

Founded in 1964, the Crop Insurance and Reinsurance Bureau (CIRB) is proud to provide unparalleled advocacy, support, and membership services to the crop insurance and reinsurance community.

CIRB’s goal is provide a unified, proactive voice on behalf of its members to the executive and legislative branches of the federal government, stakeholders, and media.

CIRB members provide a vital component of the farm safety net, writing policies in every state and providing billions of dollars in crop protection.

CIRB offers unique services for its members which include both AIP’s and reinsurers. Read below to find out CIRB’s value visit cropinsurance.org for more information.

“CIRB has obvious value—its involvement during the farm bill was exceptional.”
-CIRB Member, 2014

Legislative & Regulatory

Advocacy, Technical Expertise, & Monitoring:
Providing outreach to legislative and executive representatives, and federal regulators. CIRB provides technical expertise on political, legislative and regulatory processes, rule making and other actions impacting crop insurance. CIRB engages in proactive review and monitoring of legislative and regulatory activities including hearings, proposals and other actions impacting the crop insurance industry.

Political Action Committee:
CIRB’s bipartisan Political Action Committee supports and creates champions in the House and Senate.


Communications

Knowledge Collection and Distribution:
CIRB gathers and shares information from various sources regarding the federal crop insurance program. CIRB staff are sought after as expert speakers on the program’s dynamics.

Publications:
CIRB delivers timely information, insight and action items affecting the membership and their interests in crop insurance and the allied agricultural industry. CIRB authors a weekly newsletter, provides quarterly federal affairs update, and hosts webinars for members. CIRB’s website and legislative action center are utilized by members.


Crop Insurance Coalition

Coalition Engagement:
CIRB built a diverse coalition of more than 100 agriculture groups to engage and support effective, affordable crop insurance protection for farmers and ranchers. The group mobilizes to protect crop insurance, including when crop insurance cuts were included during the budget deal in 2015.

Issue Development:
CIRB promotes collaboration and consensus among membership and other groups with aligned interests on issues important to crop insurance industry.


Annual Events

Spring Fly-In & Policy Conference:
Features educational presentations and networking opportunities with industry & Congressional leaders.

Annual Meeting:
Provides dynamic sessions with expert speakers on industry trends. The annual meeting includes networking with industry leaders.

Emerging Leaders Program:
Launched in 2015, the program provides professional development and advocacy training to build future industry leaders. Any CIRB member can apply.

 

 

 

Benefits of Membership

CIRB Membership Video from CIRB on Vimeo.

Whether in proposed farm bill changes, rerating issues or serious federal budget cuts, crop insurance companies and those that reinsure them face significant challenges in the current political and economic environment. The Crop Insurance and Reinsurance Bureau (CIRB), founded in 1964 and headquartered on Capitol Hill, is an international membership organization that provides advocacy, support and services for its member companies. Driven by a member-elected board of directors and led by an experienced, knowledgeable and respected staff, CIRB offers top-notch value and services to its members.

  • Legislative and Regulatory Advocacy
    CIRB provides crucial outreach to legislative and executive representatives, administration, staff, and federal regulators in support of membership-driven issues.
  • Legislative and Regulatory Technical Expertise
    CIRB provides technical expertise on political, legislative and regulatory processes, rule making and other actions impacting crop insurance and related agricultural issues. CIRB serves as expert advisors on strategies and tactics in support of membership interests.
  • Legislative and Regulatory Monitoring
    CIRB engages in proactive review and monitoring of legislative and regulatory activities including hearings, proposals and other actions impacting the crop insurance industry.
  • Information and Knowledge Collection and Distribution
    CIRB conducts ongoing research and information gathering from various sources regarding federal crop insurance program and related activities including program modifications and funding. CIRB delivers timely information, insight and action items affecting the membership and their interests in crop insurance and related agricultural issues.
  • Networking and Peer Engagement
    CIRB organizes and conducts membership meetings to share ideas, develop strategies and facilitate membership interaction on industry issues.
  • Issue Development and Positioning
    CIRB promotes collaboration and consensus among membership and other groups with aligned interests on industry issues important to the crop insurance industry. CIRB provides leadership and creates understanding of key industry issues through collaborative
  • Public Communications
    CIRB develops and executes communication strategies that inform and influence key audiences on crop insurance issues of strategic importance to the membership.

2017-2019Officers


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Ron Rutledge
Chair
Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance Company
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Vice-Chairman
ARMtech
Tim-Green-BWTim Green
Treasurer 
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Immediate Past Chair

sbaneSheri Bane
COUNTRY Financial

Staff

mtorrey Mike Torrey
Executive Vice President Washington, DC Email: mtorrey@torreydc.com

TaraSmithHeadshot_MTA (1) Tara Smith
Federal Affairs Vice President Washington, DC

 

 

 

Email: tsmith@torreydc.com

SB headshot jpeg Stephanie Butler Director of Operations Washington, DC Email: sbutler@torreydc.com shubbart Sarah Hubbart
Director of Communications and Federal Affairs
Washington, DC Email: shubbart@torreydc.com

khenke W.Kurt Henke
Legal Counsel Clarksdale, MS

 

 

Email: wkh@henke-bufkin.com

KL-Headshot SmallKerry Lynch
Manager of Communications and Federal Affairs
Washington, DC Email: klynch@torreydc.com