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North Dakota PIA Attends "Listening Session" on Crop Insurance

PIA members in North Dakota attended an informational session on crop insurance with federal officials on May 19 in Bismarck, North Dakota. David Hatch, the...
May 27, 2003

PIA members in North Dakota attended an informational session on crop insurance with federal officials on May 19 in Bismarck, North Dakota. David Hatch, the Assistant Director of the USDA Risk Management Agency (RMA) conducted the session along with Doug Hagel, Director of the Billings RMA Regional Office, Congressman Earl Pomeroy (D-North Dakota), a member of the House Agriculture Committee, commodity group leaders, farmers and agents, as well as PIA of North Dakota members Gary Ihry, Chuck Tompkins, Larry McGillis and Kent Olson.

The half-day meeting covered a Strategic Plan with five major points from USDA-RMA's perspective. The five topics in the strategic plan include: (1) products-more but must be actuarially sound; (2) fair and effective delivery system with a public/private sector partnership focusing on "expense management"; (3) better-informed stakeholders; (4) program integrity by reducing fraud, waste and abuse; and (5) service to exceed expectations of the stakeholders.  Meeting participants provided individual questions and problems.  All of the NDPIA members came away feeling it was a very "productive and good meeting" with leadership listening and that the meeting provided an opportunity to network with all of the stakeholders. The RMA plans to hold 15 "listening meetings" throughout the nation this spring.

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