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To All Involved In Agriculture: Thank You

By: Christy Seyfert, Assistant Vice President, RCIS Government Relations

Our fifth grade daughter recently asked me to review a homework project, which was vastly different than the homework I grew up doing. This project required her to develop a quiz online that participants could take by mobile device. After reviewing the project, she asked me to develop one about any topic of my choosing. I chose agriculture.

One of the questions I crafted: in addition to farming and ranching, what jobs are available to those who pursue a career in agriculture? Journalist, lender, economist, food scientist…of course, the answers could not be squeezed into the four available multiple choice slots.

There are many hardworking men and women involved in agriculture each day. These include our farmers and ranchers who provide food, feed, fuel, and fiber to a growing world population. Their investments are great, and so are their risks.

There are many others whose important contributions occur in less obvious ways. In crop insurance, those who patiently guide agricultural producers with risk management planning, those who provide service in times of need to aid with timely claims indemnities, and many, many more behind the scenes.

In my next question, I asked: from what does milk originate – the grocery store, the delivery truck, cows?

And while milk most certainly comes from cows and is made available thanks to the tireless efforts of dairy producers, the transportation system, agribusinesses, and retailers are all also necessary to the end result of getting milk safely to consumers.

Agriculture benefits from those who invest time and resources into the agricultural infrastructure, research and innovation, food safety, product development, crop and livestock protection, as well as market promotion.

In a final question, I asked what “USDA” represents. The scope of USDA – from production agriculture to school lunch – is quite impressive, truly a farm to table government organization. USDA is able to serve many across the food chain and beyond, because of the willingness of many to serve in those roles.

To each of these and many more, we applaud you on this National Agriculture Day. Thank you for your contributions to agriculture.


 

RCIS Goes Above and Beyond with National Emergency Claims Adjusters

 

When farmers face damaging weather events, RCIS is committed to a quick response. 

 

Because weather events often affect an entire geographic area—versus a single property—numerous RCIS clients can be impacted at one time.

 

As a result, local claims adjusters can become very busy. And in order to ensure all clients receive outstanding claims adjusting services, RCIS calls in reinforcements.

 

George Underwood, RCIS assistant vice president, manages the national catastrophic (CAT) claims adjusting teams that help support local claims staff across the country.

 

“Our CAT teams go anywhere they’re needed, nationwide,” Underwood says. “They’re deployed immediately, at the request of the local manager, and stay as long as necessary.”

 

Underwood explains that his group defines a catastrophic event as any event that results in a workload that significantly exceeds what is considered normal for the local claims team.

 

“We’ve been jokingly compared to Special Forces or Navy Seals,” says Underwood. “Whenever the local managers have a job that needs to get done—no matter what type of crop or claim situation it is—our CAT teams are prepared to handle it. We send them in and they get the job done, pull out and move on to the next job.”

 

Catastrophic events during 2018

According to Underwood, 2018 was a lighter year than normal for his teams.

 

Some of the events are well known, such as the hurricanes on the eastern seaboard. Others might be storms that affected a specific area but didn’t make national news.

 

“Typically Nebraska is a hotbed for catastrophic events,” Underwood says. “We had ongoing hail events in Nebraska and western Iowa last year.”

 

“Other parts of the upper Midwest were busy, as well,” he says. “Tornadoes hit northeast Nebraska, northwest Iowa and southwest Minnesota, and we sent in numerous adjusters.”

 

The CAT teams also help out when a local area needs more staff seasonally.

 

“For example, with the fruit crops in Michigan, the local staff is very busy during a period of six to eight weeks of the year,” Underwood says. “We don’t need 15 extra adjusters in Michigan year round. We just need them there for the month of September and the first few weeks of October, so it’s common for us to send a CAT team there.”

 

Underwood says, “Nationally for 2018, we had 43 CAT events, which took 115 adjusters. Our CAT team adjusters put in 8,050 man hours dedicated solely to CAT events.”

 

CAT team adjusters appreciated

Several CAT team events were particularly memorable during 2018.

 

“A tornado hit southwest Minnesota, and it was one of the more significant events that had happened in many years in that area,” Underwood says. “We sent three CAT team adjusters into southwest Minnesota, and as far as the praise that we got back from our agents and our customers for the way we handled that, it was probably one of the most rewarding CAT team experiences.

 

“Our adjusters went in, got the claims under control, and when they left, we started getting emails from the agents thanking us for our excellent service. They appreciated the professionalism of the CAT team adjusters.”

 

Underwood continues, “One agent said that while he recognized it might not have been a significant event nationally, it was significant to the farmers affected. It became clear real fast that the CAT adjusters were there to deliver on the promises RCIS makes as a company.”

 

Rising to every occasion

Another example of CAT team staff going above and beyond also occurred in southwest Minnesota.

 

“The CAT adjuster lives in New York, but he’s always ready to go whenever we need him,” says Underwood. “He was wrapping up some claims at the end of 2018 in southwest Minnesota.”

 

“It was the week before Christmas and he was getting in his truck to head back to New York for Christmas. I called and said, ‘I know you’ve been on the road and I apologize, but we’ve got a sticky situation down in Missouri and we need to get some claims cleaned up before Christmas.’”

 

This adjuster had scheduled vacation for the week before and during Christmas, but without hesitation he drove down to Missouri.

 

“I think he ended up making it home a couple of days before Christmas,” says Underwood. “Even though he had planned time off for the week, due to his commitment to the CAT teams and the need to serve our clients, he put his personal plans aside and went to take care of claims in northern Missouri.”

 

Putting clients’ needs first

Underwood shares another anecdote from 2018. “One of our CAT team adjusters in the eastern U.S. was very busy dealing with a significant number of claims resulting from a drought situation,” he says.

 

“It was then that Hurricane Michael arrived, and our adjuster was directly in its path.”

 

“It’s another good example of the dedication of our CAT team,” Underwood says. “Instead of staying at home and working on his own property, our adjuster went right out to service our clients and make sure that they were taken care of following the hurricane damage.”

 

Underwood is proud of his team and with good reason. “The CAT team adjusters have this mindset that what comes first is our customers and servicing the claims that are assigned to them,” he says. “They get it done and they put that ahead of their own needs.”

 

To learn more about becoming an RCIS customer or crop insurance agent, please visit www.RCIS.com.


 

 

Choosing Added Revenue Price Option Coverage Pays Off

 

Not enough moisture? Too much moisture? Hail damage? Rock-bottom commodity prices?

 

Wendel Lutz has seen it all on his farm, located in east central Illinois. He’s relied on crop insurance for most of his farming career.

 

“We used to have a lot of dry weather. When my soil gets dry, it cracks open and doesn’t do well,” he says.

 

“The last couple of years we’ve been hit with excessive moisture,” Lutz says. “I have ponds. This year I had ponds fill up and then dry out and fill up again at least eight times.”

 

Risk management plans laid

Crop insurance agent Doug Hansens with Lawrence Crop Insurance in Fisher, Ill., works with Lutz on his yearly risk management plan.

 

“We discussed some of the additional product coverages available, such as Added Revenue Price Option, which can supplement the payment from multi-peril crop insurance,” Hansens says.

 

“Some of our customers are interested in products because they are more or less risk averse or because they might want a little more protection.”

 

“Wendel is in an area where if he gets too much rain, it hurts him. He had some extremes this year—it was dry and then got wet, and he had some drowned-out spots,” Hansens says.

 

Impact of price drops

Falling commodity prices also affected the risk management planning process.

 

“We talked about two different products,” Hansens says. “One was the added price option, which is just straight yield protection. The other was the revenue price option.”

 

“The price for soybeans was set in February of 2018. We felt there was a higher likelihood of a price drop than a price increase, so the Added Revenue Price Option was good protection for soybeans.”

 

Valuable protection

Lutz chose the Added Revenue Price Option and is glad he did.

 

“As a small farmer, I need all the revenue I can get, and I’m interested in additional coverage, especially if it’s from a major insurer like RCIS,” he says.

 

In addition to excessive moisture affecting yields, Lutz got his crops in late this year.

 

“But a lot of people didn’t do as well as I did,” he says. “In fact, a lot of people still had crops out in the field in December.”

 

Lutz submitted his claim and received a check promptly.

 

“I’m hoping things get better,” he says. “In the meantime, anything that can bolster the value of the crop I harvest is very important to me.”

 

To learn more about additional product coverages, contact your crop insurance agent or visit www.RCIS.com today.

 

RCIC is an equal opportunity provider. Some products not available in all states or counties. This is intended as a general description of certain types of insurance and services available to qualified customers provided solely for informational purposes. Coverage is underwritten in all states by Rural Community Insurance Company, Anoka, MN except in Montana where hail coverage is underwritten by Tri-County Farmers Mutual Insurance Company, Malta, MT. Nothing herein should be construed as a solicitation, offer, advice, recommendation, or any other service with regard to any type of insurance product or services. Your policy is the contract that specifically and fully describes your coverage, terms and conditions. The description of the policy provisions gives a broad overview of coverages and does not revise or amend the policy. Coverage may vary by state. Coverages and rates are subject to individual insured meeting our underwriting qualifications and product availability in applicable states. RCIS is a registered trademark of Rural Community Insurance Company. © 2019 Rural Community Insurance Company. All rights reserved.


 

 

2018 Farm Bill Protects Crop Insurance

by Christy Seyfert, RCIS Government Relations Director 

After months on a path paved with uncertainty, the fate of the 2018 Farm Bill has become clear and agricultural and nutrition policy is now set through 2023.  The House and Senate passed the final version with strong, bipartisan votes, and it has been signed into law by President Trump.

The 2018 Farm Bill is a comprehensive piece of legislation.  Zurich North America and Rural Community Insurance Services joined nearly 500 organizations in voicing support for this legislation, which according to the letter, “supports farmers and ranchers, protects crop insurance and conservation programs, invests in efforts to expand foreign markets, protects animal health and prioritizes agricultural research and rural development.”

Every day, farmers and ranchers undertake the extraordinary task of producing food, fiber, feed, and fuel for a growing world population.  Crop insurance is a key component of their risk management portfolios, and it is critically important they have access to affordable crop insurance coverage that is delivered in a timely and personalized manner by the private sector.

During the Farm Bill reauthorization process in the House and Senate, crop insurance – and the farmers and ranchers it protects – faced serious threats.  Eleven amendments were filed that would have negatively impacted affordability of crop insurance by farmers and ranchers.  Two amendments were filed that would have negatively impacted service provided by private sector agents and providers.  Thanks to the efforts of many agricultural stakeholders and champions on Capitol Hill, these harmful proposals were not included in the final package.

The 2018 Farm Bill includes provisions to:

·         Expand the current boundaries of crop insurance by reviewing possibilities for new coverage, including for crops such as hemp

·         Extend certain benefits to veteran farmers and ranchers

·         Focus efforts on specialty crop coverage, including for losses due to tropical storms or hurricanes

·         Encourage more meaningful buy-up coverage by increasing the fee for catastrophic coverage

We appreciate the efforts of many policymakers on both sides of the aisle who worked to protect crop insurance and private sector delivery.  The four principals – Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway, and Ranking Member Collin Peterson – and their staffs dedicated countless hours of effort into making the bipartisan 2018 Farm Bill possible.

Even though the Farm Bill reauthorization is complete, it is important to note that the critics will not go away and battles will lie ahead.  As a result of the mid-term congressional elections in November, a number of new policymakers will take office in the House and Senate in January 2019.  Relationship building, outreach, and education of these elected officials and their staffs about the importance of crop insurance and private sector delivery will be critical in protecting this risk management tool.


 

Managing Risk of Wine Grape Growers

If you’re a wine grape grower, you understand the importance of crop insurance. For 23 years, Vintage Crop Insurance Agency, Inc., headquartered in Modesto, Cal., has worked alongside wine grape growers throughout California and Oregon.

“Back in 1995 when I started my crop insurance career, I was fortunate enough to begin a relationship with the California Association of Winegrape Growers (CAWG),” says President of Vintage Crop Insurance Agency Robert Avina.

“Since then, I have continued my strong support for CAWG and have also developed lasting relationships with local wine grape associations throughout California. Our reputation has grown as the recognized leader in crop insurance and a household name in the wine grape community,” he says.

While Vintage Crop Insurance specializes in wine grapes, the company also insures other crops, such as almonds, olives, citrus, cherries, etc., and is growing into Arizona and Washington.

“Our foundation started and continues to grow with grapes,” Avina says. “We love what we do, and we appreciate the relationships we’ve built through hard work, perseverance and, of course, service.” 

Risk Management Tools

Vintage Crop works with growers of all sizes. Vice President of Operations Liz Vieira says, “We have growers whose whole farming operation may be five acres. We also have growers or wineries that have thousands of acres.”

Growers use federal multi-peril crop insurance, which is a production-based policy, with the ability to insure up to 85 percent of their crop. “Each year we work with growers to determine the percentage needed to protect their crop and their livelihood,” Avina says.

“Most of our policyholders also work with lenders who require specific amounts of insurance to guarantee their crop, so their loans are also protected,” says Avina.

Grape Cluster Freeze Policy

According to Vieira, the most prevalent causes of loss in California are frost, freeze or rain, and high heat.

That’s where the RCIS additional coverage product comes in. Avina says, “We provide a private grape cluster freeze policy in California from RCIS. The grape cluster freeze policy provides limits up to $3,500 per acre. The maximum limits are dependent on the county.”

“It’s an added value protection plan that growers take advantage of because frost damage is highly probable during bud break,” he says. “It provides an extra layer of protection that growers appreciate.”

Vieira explains how the additional coverage works. “If a grower experiences frost damage, at their request, we open a claim. We’ll open a claim on both policies—the grape cluster freeze as well as the multi-peril,” she says.

“The grape cluster freeze pays out immediately, so if the frost is in April, the grower will get a check cut during that time of the year. With the multi-peril coverage, once growers complete harvest in late summer or early fall, they’ll go ahead and finalize the multi-peril claim if they have one.” 

Expertise Adds Value

As with all crop insurance, selecting coverage can be a complex task with many variables. Experienced and knowledgeable crop insurance agents are a valuable resource for growers.

“We make sure we understand the growers’ farming operations and goals, so that we can provide them with a proper risk assessment,” says Avina. 

Growers select different levels of coverage by grape variety. Within a single operation, there may be a range of 15 different varieties.

“We separate out each varietal—and growers may receive different contract prices for each one,” he says. “Each variety differs in value by region. For instance, in the Central Valley, the grape varietal price is typically lower than the varietal price in the Napa or Sonoma Valley.”

Building Relationships

Federal crop insurance is available from selected providers and agents. Vintage Crop has succeeded in differentiating themselves by building strong relationships with their clients through exceptional service.

“We always pride ourselves on providing quick, knowledgeable and comprehensive customer service to all our clients, regardless of size,” Avina says. “Our clients understand we’re not just an insurance agent. We’re actually part of the wine grape community, and that’s important to them.”

“I know it is cliché to say service is the difference,” Vieira says, “but it truly is in our industry. We have growers that we have insured since 1995. We have earned the trust of our clients because we always strive to give them the best possible service.”

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na mentions that growers must initiate claims filing, but Vintage Crop is proactive in working with their policyholders.

“If there is a weather event, we’ll reach out to our growers via email or make a call and ask them if they were affected,” Avina says. “For example, there was a hail storm during harvest. We called our growers in the area affected and said, ‘Are you guys okay? Are the grapes okay?’ They really appreciate that.”

“We always make the effort to see our growers several times a year, because it’s important to us,” Avina says. “We’re about making sure that their livelihood is taken care of and future generations are protected. This is all about family. It’s very important to them that we’re always proactive and always in front of them.”

Working with RCIS

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ina has worked with RCIS since he began his career in crop insurance. “They were the first Approved Insurance Provider (AIP) I worked with,” he says. “They saw value in not just my agency but in me personally. That meant a lot to me and is something that I will never forget.”

“Also, RCIS is a company that has a like-minded business philosophy,” Avina says. “Knowing that I can count on them, especially during critical times, is essential to having a successful relationship.”

Vintage Crop depends on RCIS to deliver the kind of responsive, personal service that their clients expect. And when there’s a claim, Vintage Crop steps back and trusts RCIS to communicate with their clients.

“Steve Borba, who heads claims, is an exceptional person,” says Avina. “He understands our communication, our philosophy and that we need to make sure everything is on point.” Vieira points out that RCIS adjusters have worked with Vintage Crop clients for years. They know what growers expect and what Vintage Crop expects, as well.

“As far as the servicing side here in California, Malia Turner and Karen Lozier are awesome, along with Dave Schmitt and others,” Avina says. “RCIS assists us through the good times and the bad and that’s why it works. We’re talking 23 years plus of strong relationships where we can trust them and know they’re going to be there when needed.”

He believes that the excellent support Vintage Crop receives from RCIS is partly due to the leadership of RCIS Head Mike Day, who sets the tone for the company.

“Honestly, the fact that I can call Mike Day directly is a big deal for me,” Avina says. “He understands what we want from RCIS and always makes sure we’re getting the services we need. He’ll call me from time to time just to see how things are going. That means a lot. He values our agency and the business we bring to the table.”

Passion for Agriculture

Both Avina and Vieira grew up in California’s Central Valley, and while their families didn’t farm, they were part of the larger agricultural community.

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na’s father was a foreman for a fertilizer company. “Some of my fondest memories are going to work with my dad as a little kid and being able to go to the fields and ride on the tractor with him,” he says.

In his early 20s, Avina was given an opportunity in crop insurance and for him it turned out to be the best of both worlds. “I couldn’t believe I could do insurance and still be out in the fields with growers.”

Vieira’s experience was similar. “From age 12 and up I grew up in the country. I was involved in Future Farmers of America in high school and showed cattle,” she says.

She graduated in 1999 from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, with a bachelor of science in agricultural science.

“I fell in love with the people involved in ag and wanted to be a part of that community,” she says. “That’s why I went into an ag major and got into crop insurance right out of college. And I’ve been here ever since because I love it so much. Farmers are great people to work with. It’s just a great experience.”

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vina sums it up. “We both enjoy being able to help family-owned businesses protect their farming interests for their families and future generations to come.”

To learn more, visit www.vintagecrop.com or www.rcis.com.

RCIC is an equal opportunity provider. Some products not available in all states or counties. RCIS is a registered trademark of Rural Community Insurance Company. 

Vintage Crop Insurance Agency, Inc. is not a subsidiary or affiliate of RCIC and use of their products and services are independent of, and not included within, RCIS’ products or services. RCIC expressly disclaims any and all damages and other costs that may arise related to the use of or reliance upon the products, services, representations or warranties made by or on behalf of Vintage Crop Insurance Agency, Inc.

© 2018 Rural Community Insurance Company. All rights reserved.

 

 

How to Maximize Risk Management with Private Coverage Products

Every business—farms and ranches included—faces challenges based on factors beyond our control.

Some of these challenges can be anticipated, such as hailstorms. Other challenges, like the devastating effects of excessive precipitation, straight-line winds and tornados, are completely unpredictable.

RCIS Regional Sales and Service Manager for the Eastern Corn Belt, Joe Beland, explains that private coverage products can help farmers manage risk stemming from all types of challenges.

“Private coverage products are designed to fill the gap between federally-available multi-peril coverage options and the actual risk involved with farming and ranching,” he says.

“They’re really designed to work with the federally-available policies and to provide better risk management.”

In areas where hail is common, for example, it’s critical that farmers have access to private coverage products to protect themselves against that specific peril, according to Beland.

Storms in the Midwest

Based in Iowa, Beland saw crops affected by storms this year.  

“We had some areas here in the Midwest that were devastated by a hail and wind storm, mid-summer this year,” he says.

“I would drive through those areas, and it was literally sickening to see the damage to the crops, which until that point had looked really good,” Beland says.

“I knew some of those fields were insured with the hail and wind policy with RCIS and some weren’t. And the differences in revenue hit me—folks that had hail, wind or revenue coverage versus those that didn’t—it’s going to make a substantial difference in their bottom line and ability to recover from the loss.”

Most Popular Private Coverage Products

According to Beland, the types of private coverage products farmers may want to consider vary by area.

“Hail is by far the most common private coverage product in terms of the number sold,” Beland says. “Wind coverage is something we’ve seen a huge expansion in over the last 10 years. It’s become a regular part of many risk management plans, especially in the Midwest.”

With private coverage products, farmers can insure on the basis of price or revenue, depending on the particular operation.

“In today’s world of unstable markets and unpredictable changes in price, revenue protection policies are very effective,” Beland says.

“I would urge growers to look at two RCIS products in particular. RPowerD™ and our Revenue Protection Plan (RPP) do a nice job of filling out risk management plans,” he says.

Crop Insurance Agents Help Customize Coverage

Every farming and ranching operation is unique. Variables include geography, weather, acreage, farming practices, financial structure and more.

“There are lots of options available to manage risk in agriculture,” says Beland. “One of the best steps a farmer can take is to reach out to a really knowledgeable crop insurance agent who can evaluate those options and help guide them through the process.”

Risk management is complex, Beland explains. “There’s a lot of variability on how the policies work. A good crop insurance agent can help explain what options are available, what the differences are and how they might work to address your specific risk management needs."

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eland stresses that it’s important to have a customized plan. “It’s not a one-size-fits-all situation,” he says. “What your neighbor does might not make sense for your operation, because you’re in a different position.”

Private coverage products can cover named perils, such as hail or wind, but also the unforeseen challenges. “Changes in price are hard to manage for some operations, and our revenue products help growers manage those risks,” he says.

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land encourages farmers to look at the big financial picture of their operations and evaluate what risk management is worth. “What’s the value of that, at the end of the day? What’s your exposure, and how can I mitigate some of that exposure?” he says.

To learn more about private coverage products, contact your crop insurance agent or visit www.rcis.com.

RCIC is an equal opportunity provider. Some products not available in all states or counties. This is intended as a general description of certain types of insurance and services available to qualified customers provided solely for informational purposes. Coverage is underwritten in all states by Rural Community Insurance Company, Anoka, MN except in Montana where hail coverage is underwritten by Tri-County Farmers Mutual Insurance Company, Malta, MT. Nothing herein should be construed as a solicitation, offer, advice, recommendation, or any other service with regard to any type of insurance product or services. Your policy is the contract that specifically and fully describes your coverage, terms and conditions. The description of the policy provisions gives a broad overview of coverages and does not revise or amend the policy. Coverage may vary by state. Coverages and rates are subject to individual insured meeting our underwriting qualifications and product availability in applicable states. RCIS is a registered trademark of Rural Community Insurance Company. © 2018 Rural Community Insurance Company. All rights reserved.


 

New Dairy Revenue Protection Coverage Available
This fall, producers can sign up for the Dairy Revenue Protection (Dairy-RP) policy, with coverage starting during the first quarter of 2019.
The Dairy-RP coverage is designed to insure against unexpected declines in quarterly revenues from milk sales, relative to a guaranteed coverage level. 
“RCIS is pleased to offer much-needed Dairy-RP coverage, which was introduced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Risk Management Agency (RMA),” says Greg Eaton, National Sales & Service Manager of RCIS.
“The Dairy-RP product was developed with flexibility and simplicity in mind, to help producers customize the policy for their dairy operations,” he says. “Policyholders can cover 70 to 95 percent of their expected quarterly revenue in five percent increments.”
Expected revenue is based on futures prices for milk and dairy commodities and the amount of covered milk production elected by the dairy producer. Covered milk production is indexed to the state or region where the dairy producer is located.
Dairy-RP coverage offers two revenue pricing options:
• Class Pricing Option uses a combination of Class III and Class IV milk prices as a basis for determining coverage and indemnities.
• Component Pricing Option uses the component milk prices for butterfat, protein and other solids as a basis for determining coverage and indemnities. Policyholders may select the butterfat test percentage and protein test percentage (total must be 100 percent) to establish their insured milk price.
Producers can select either of these pricing options on separate quarterly coverage endorsements, providing they are not covering the same milk.
“We’re pleased to be able to help our dairy producers,” says Eaton. “Our nation’s crop insurance system helps keep food, including dairy products, safe, plentiful and affordable.”
To learn more about RCIS, see RCIS.com or ask your crop insurance agent.
RCIS is a registered trademark of Rural Community Insurance Company. © 2018 Rural Community Insurance Company. All rights reserved. RCIS is an equal opportunity provider.
 
RCIS Team Support Take a Vet Fishing Events
If you like hearing great stories, making personal connections and having an inspirational experience, you’d be a great Take a Vet Fishing volunteer.
That’s exactly what a handful of RCIS team members from the Anoka, Minn., office did on August 19 and September 16.
Take a Vet Fishing is a non-profit organization whose mission is to honor, comfort, and assist our PTS (Post Traumatic Stress) soldiers.
RCIS Claims Software Product Manager Andy Johnson, a veteran of the U.S. Navy himself, serves as the RCIS volunteer coordinator. Zurich, the parent company of RCIS, has a Veterans Engagement Team that supports community outreach and engagement efforts.
“The event is meant to be a day of giving back to veterans,” Andy says. “The Take a Vet Fishing organization gets sponsorships and works with professional fishing guides.”
According to Andy, the guides are paired up with veterans, who are given a rod and reel. The guides take the veterans fishing for three to four hours. When they return, there’s a ceremony, with a meal, presentations and prizes.
“It’s a very moving and inspirational day,” says Andy, “especially with some of the speeches and presentations.”
About 10 RCIS volunteers helped with set-up, directing traffic, checking people in, serving food, distributing prizes and cleanup at each event. They said participating in Take a Vet Fishing was a very rewarding and fulfilling experience.
The August 19 event was held at Mille Lacs, located about 100 miles north of the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. It brought in about 60 veterans with a total of 200 meals served.
The event at Lake Minnetonka, which is within the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area, drew more than 78 Veterans and their families for a total of 266 meals served, according to Andy.
Veterans of all age groups participate in the Take a Vet Fishing events. “Veterans from all the different eras are recognized,” Andy says. “At Mille Lacs we had a 94-year-old World War II veteran, and it goes from there to Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, and all the way to today.”
Take a Vet Fishing is just one of many causes that RCIS employees engage with.
“The people here at RCIS really take their volunteering seriously. Whenever there’s an event, people always rally around the challenge of helping out,” says Andy.
 
RCIS Policyholders Can Make Online Payments
RCIS policyholders now have the option to make payments online, rather than mailing a check to RCIS for crop insurance payments. Payments will post sooner than if mailed to RCIS.
Policyholders have two options to make secured payments online:
  • RCIS.com website
  • RCIS.com for Producers website (portal) 
The new service is part of an ongoing effort by RCIS to deliver industry-leading tools to help its agents and policyholders. Online payments will help speed up the payment process, reduce manual processing and save postage.
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