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PIA’s McGillis Elected to Second Term as President of Crop Agents Board

PIA National Crop Insurance Working Group member Larry McGillis of Portland, North Dakota was reelected President of the American Association of Crop Insurers (AACI) Agents Division Board during the ACCI/NCIS Crop Convention in Scottsdale, Arizona
February 28, 2012

PIA National Crop Insurance Working Group member Larry McGillis of Portland, North Dakota was reelected President of the American Association of Crop Insurers (AACI) Agents Division Board during the ACCI/NCIS Crop Convention in Scottsdale, Arizona. As a result, McGillis will serve a second one-year term representing member agents from all fifty states.

“If you eat, you have an interest in agriculture and crop insurance” said McGillis, who pointed to two major issues facing crop insurance agents in the coming months: the 2012 Farm Bill and an attempt by the FSA employees union NASCOE to take over the delivery crop insurance to the farmer, eliminating private sector crop insurance agents.

McGillis said there are many challenges facing the crop insurance program. “We’ve had a new SRA with A&O caps, a cut of $6 billion in the last A&O, plus another $6 billion cut in the last farm bill,” he said. “We’ve had changes to farmer premium due dates, re-rating by RMA of corn and soybeans and huge losses in the Midwest from Texas to North Dakota. All of these changes have not filtered through the program yet so we don’t know for sure what the effects will be.” Also during the crop convention, the Administration announced billions of dollars in new cuts to crop insurance in the draft 2012 Farm Bill.

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