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Crop Insurance Conference-2016

When Jan 18, 2016
from 08:00 AM to 04:50 PM
Where Fargo
Contact Name
Contact Phone 701.231.8642
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Location:  Ramada Plaza Suites and Conference Center, 1635 42nd ST S, Fargo, ND

On-site registration and check-in:  starts at 7:00 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 18

Registration Fee:  $110 (includes Sunday's social, Monday's continental breakfast, breaks, lunch and materials)

Registration:  online or mail-in form (available in brochure).

Registration deadline:  Jan. 6, 2016 - online registration extended to Jan. 13. 

Continuing Education credits (for insurance agents) are available in:

  • North Dakota: 8 crop hail, 1 ethics - approved
  • Minnesota: 8 general, 1 ethics - approved
  • South Dakota: 4 crop - approved


SUNDAY, Jan. 17

6:00 - 8:00 p.m.  Social (sponsor provided, information on sponsors not available yet)

Monday, Jan. 18

PART 1 – ETHICS (1 credit)

  8:00 a.m.           Ethics in the Workplace
                            Robert Lynch, Training Coordinator, Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute, North Dakota State University

PART II – CROP (8 credits)

  8:50 a.m.           Weather Outlook for 2016
                            Eric Snodgrass, Atmospheric Sciences, University of Illinois

  9:35 a.m.           Crop Insurance Issues in Washington
                            Tara Smith, Vice President of Federal Affairs, Michael Torrey Associates, LLC

10:20 a.m.           Break

10:35 a.m.           Spring Wheat Margin Protection
                            Alex Offerdahl, Head – Crop Insurance Division, Watts and Associates

11:20 a.m.           Economic Outlook for 2016
                            Michael Swanson, Chief Agricultural Economist and Consultant, Wells Fargo

12:05 a.m.           Lunch

12:50 p.m.           Malt Barley Endorsement
                            Alex Offerdahl, Head – Crop Insurance Division, Watts and Associates

  1:35 p.m.           Acreage Reporting, Use of Precision Ag Data
                            Mike Alston, Associate Administrator, USDA RMA, Washington, D.C.
                            Eric Bashore, Director, USDA RMA, Billings Regional Office

  2:20 p.m.           Break

  2:35 p.m.           Big Data Implications for Crop Insurance Agents
Terry Griffin, Cropping Systems Economist, Dept. of Agricultural Economics, Kansas State University

  3:20 p.m.           Dealing with Data and Drones: The Legal Challenges of Farming in the Future
                  Shannon Ferrell, Attorney at Law and Associate Professor, Dept. of Agricultural Economics, Oklahoma State University

  4:05 p.m.           Drone Applications in Agriculture
                            Shawn Muehler, Chief Operating Officer, Botlink

  4:50 p.m.           Adjourn

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