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PIA National Crop Insurance Working Group Members Attend Crop Conference

PIA National Crop Insurance Working Group members Kent Olson and Larry McGillis attended the two-day Crop Insurance Conference September 12-13 in Mankato, Minnesota...
October 4, 2012

PIA National Crop Insurance Working Group members Kent Olson and Larry McGillis attended the two-day Crop Insurance Conference September 12-13 in Mankato, Minnesota. The event attracted 530 attendees from a four-state area, making it the largest crop insurance event in the country.

Speakers included RMA Director Bill Murphy; Climatologist E. Taylor from Iowa State University; Jim Wiesemeyer, author and economist with Informa; Dr. Bert Little with Tarleton University; and Frank Schnapp with National Crop Insurance Services (NCIS).

Discussion topics included the farm bill, rating methodologies, current drought monitor, data mining, grain marketing issues and the outlook for the Ag economy. The data mining session was especially interesting, with researchers sharing the “anomaly identifiers” countrywide and the accuracy of the satellite data-gathering system. Satellites circle the grain belt of the U.S. every day – once in the mid morning and once in the afternoon. The accuracy is about 2 meters, while the military satellites are on a 13-inch scale. Vegetation, crop growth progress, hail storm severity, flooding and several other perils can be monitored with constantly improved accuracy.

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