Throughout the year, CIRB will spotlight members of the 2018-19 Emerging Leaders Program and share about their experience in the program.
Crop Marketing Specialist, Farm Bureau Financial Services
Chelsea Abrahamson started her career in crop insurance in 2012 as an underwriter. She joined Farm Bureau Financial Services in 2017 and serves as a Crop Marketing Specialist. In her current role, Abrahamson educates agents and business units on the importance of crop insurance and assists with agent training and partnerships.
Before being selected as an Emerging Leader, Abrahamson was already developing her advocacy skills, attending the 2018 CIRB Fly-In and Policy Conference. “Advocacy is important because there is so much misinformation available regarding crop insurance. Through advocacy we are able to educate those who may not have the resources readily available to understand the true impact crop insurance has on them.”
Next week, Chelsea and fellow ELP Participants will meet with lawmakers’ district offices. “I’m excited about the opportunity to meet with the in-district team for Cindy Axne (D-IA-03). Our class was fortunate to hear from members of the Crop Insurance Coalition in November and learn how to best advocate for crop insurance when we meet with Members of Congress. Having this experience is key as we prepare to advocate in our own districts.”
Originally from rural South Dakota, Chelsea has a Master’s of Business Administration from the University of South Dakota and a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Business from South Dakota State University. She and her husband live in Urbandale, IA. Follow her on twitter at @chelsea_abe.
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.