This is only the fourth ELP class for CIRB and the program is already paying dividends to the organization and the industry, as well as the more than 30 participants. Previous ELP participants have become active recruiters for the program which is designed to help professionals in the crop insurance industry increase their knowledge and hands-on experience with key issues.’

Listen to interviews with some of the participants of this year’s class:

Interview with Cole Patrick, COUNTRY Financial

Interview with Ryan Kramer, Farmers Mutual Hail

Interview with Amy Zeik, Rural Community Insurance Services

Interview with Bryce Benson, American Farm Bureau Insurance Services

Throughout the year, CIRB will spotlight members of the 2018-19 Emerging Leaders Program and share about their experience in the program.

John Haldy
Assistant Vice President, Guy Carpenter

John Haldy began his career in the reinsurance industry in 2013 as a treaty broker with Guy Carpenter. Since then, Haldy has transitioned to the role of Assistant Vice President and is based in the company’s Philadelphia office. In his role, Haldy serves in various capacities: overseeing preparation and submissions for reinsurance treaty programs, assisting with the design of new programs, coordinating data analysis with actuarial and catastrophe modeling teams, and monitoring claims and audits.
CIRB recently hosted the 2019 Annual Meeting, featuring insights from expert speakers and networking opportunities across the crop insurance and reinsurance industry. Haldy attended the meeting for the first time as a member of the 2018-19 Emerging Leaders Program class.
“The Annual Meeting was an extremely valuable experience,” Haldy explained. “I was able to hear the session speakers discuss the pressing issues facing the crop industry. It was also helpful to be able to meet and network with countless industry leaders.”
Haldy is originally from the Philadelphia area and has a BA in History from the University of Virginia. Prior to working at Guy Carpenter, he worked in energy commodity derivative brokering, specializing in natural gas and crude oil.
The Emerging Leaders Program is designed to equip up-and-coming professionals on key policy issues and prepare them to be effective advocates for the crop insurance industry. All participants are employees of CIRB’s growing membership, which includes both crop insurance and reinsurance companies.

The Crop Insurance and Reinsurance Bureau (CIRB) named 10 industry professionals to its 2018-2019 Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) class. The program increases participants’ knowledge of key policy issues and prepares them with the skills they need to be effective advocates for the crop insurance industry. All participants are employees of CIRB’s growing membership, which includes both crop insurance and reinsurance companies.

“The Emerging Leaders Program is an established curriculum that provides a great experience for professionals to learn how to tackle the challenges and opportunities facing federal crop insurance,” said Ron Rutledge, Crop Insurance and Reinsurance Bureau Chairman. “CIRB has been leading the way with its advocacy and communications efforts in Washington, D.C. and it is essential to educate our rising leaders on best practices for the future.”

The 2018-2019 CIRB Emerging Leaders Program class includes: Chelsea Abrahamson, Farm Bureau Financial Services, Bryce Benson, American Farm Bureau Insurance Services, Kevin Boeckenstedt, Crop Risk Services, RJ Brinkmeyer, Farmers Mutual Hail, John Haldy, Guy Carpenter, Bret Keeler, ARMtech, Tracy Klever, Farmers Mutual Hail, Ryan Kramer, Farmers Mutual Hail, Cole Patrick, COUNTRY Financial, Amy Zeik, Rural Community Insurance Services.

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This week 418 local, state and national organizations and individual companies signed on to a petition urging Congress to do no harm to the crop insurance program in the farm bill. This includes broad support from across the country, from Hawaii to Maine, representing everyone from farmers to lenders to conservation organizations to agricultural input providers. This petition was sent to the House of Representatives, as H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, heads to the House floor for a vote this week.

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Approximately 65 organizations of the crop insurance coalition sent a letter to Members of Congress. The group asked Members to oppose harmful amendments to crop insurance specifically those that would reduce participation in crop insurance, make insurance more expensive for farmers during a time of economic downturn in agriculture, or harm private-sector delivery. “Given the importance of crop insurance, the undersigned organizations urge you to support America’s farmers, ranchers, rural economies and national security by opposing amendments that would harm crop insurance.” the letter explains. Click here to read the full letter.

Please contact CIRB Federal Affairs Vice President Tara Smith at tsmith@torreydc.com  with any questions about the letter or the crop insurance coalition.

More than 135 crop insurance leaders gathered for the Crop Insurance and Reinsurance Bureau’s 2018 Annual Meeting, which ended Friday in Scottsdale, AZ. During the program, expert speakers provided a glimpse ahead at the upcoming farm bill debate.

“It is going to take everyone who cares about crop insurance working together for us to succeed in protecting the program during the 2018 Farm Bill,” said current CIRB Chair Ron Rutledge of Farmers Mutual Hail.

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CIRB announced that seven industry professionals will participate in the 2017-2018 Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) class. The program increases participants’ knowledge of key policy issues and prepares them with the skills they need to be effective advocates for crop insurance.

“Now in its third year, there is no equivalent to CIRB’s Emerging Leaders Program. It provides a unique opportunity to gain real-world advocacy experience and learn about the challenges and opportunities facing federal crop insurance,” said Ron Rutledge, Crop Insurance and Reinsurance Bureau Chairman. “Our future leaders also build relationships with influencers across the industry and from other trade associations, federal agencies and Members of Congress.”

The 2017-2018 CIRB Emerging Leaders Program class includes:
Sheila Backer, Farmers Mutual Hail, Joshua Bright, ARMtech, Brad Clow, COUNTRY Financial, Chad Groen, Farmers Mutual Hail, Heather Horne, Rural Community Insurance Services, Justin Newman, ADM/Crop Risk Services, Daniel Potts, Crop Risk Services

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The Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry held a hearing titled “Commodities, Credit, and Crop Insurance: Perspectives on Risk Management Tools and Trends for the 2018 Farm Bill.” Ron Rutledge, President and CEO of Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance Company of Iowa (FMH), provided testimony showcasing the vital role that federal crop insurance plays for America’s farmers and the rural economy.

“Crop insurance provides farmers, ranchers, and their lenders with certainty that ad hoc disaster assistance cannot provide,” Rutledge said. “It provides assistance in a timely manner when disaster strikes. And importantly, farmers are always expected to pay for the protection of crop insurance, unlike ad hoc disaster assistance which is fully-funded by taxpayers.”

Click here to watch a video archive of the hearing, including testimony from 16 other agriculture stakeholders including many who turn to crop insurance during times of natural disaster. Click here to read the full press release.

The White House today released details of its FY2018 proposed budget, which included steep cuts to crop insurance and other farm policies. Click here for the joint statement made by the The American Association of Crop Insurers, Crop Insurance and Reinsurance Bureau, Crop Insurance Professionals Association, Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America, National Association of Professional Insurance Agents, and National Crop Insurance Services in response.

Please contact CIRB Federal Affairs Vice President Tara Smith at tsmith@torreydc.com with any questions.

A group of 60 national farm, lending, ag input, conservation, and crop insurance and reinsurance organizations, led by the Crop Insurance and Reinsurance Bureau, sent a letter to the Administration and key lawmakers opposing cuts to crop insurance during the upcoming budget and appropriations processes and in the 2018 Farm Bill.

Click here for letter to the House and Senate Budget Committees

Click here for letter to House and Senate Appropriations Committees

Click here for letter to USDA Secretary-Designate Sonny Perdue

Click here for letter to OMB Director Mick Mulvaney 

“All told, the 2014 Farm Bill is a careful balance of priorities and should not be reopened before its expiration in 2018 to achieve additional budget savings. Moreover, even in the 2018 Farm Bill, cuts to crop insurance during this difficult time for rural America should be avoided. Farmers and lawmakers agree that crop insurance is a linchpin of the farm safety net and is crucial to the economic security of rural America,” the letters explain.

Please contact CIRB Federal Affairs Vice President Tara Smith at tsmith@torreydc.com with any questions about the letters or the crop insurance coalition.