Jul 21 - 23, 2020 | Virtual

Full Schedule

NAMIC has made the decision to move all in-person events for remainder of 2020 to a virtual setting, including the Annual Convention in Boston scheduled for September where we had planned to celebrate NAMIC’s 125th Anniversary. The health and well-being of NAMIC members and staff are the most important factors in considering our options and hosting large event gatherings in these times is just not feasible.

Those who have already registered for an event will receive a separate communication with the details of transferring to a virtual event. All members will soon receive information about exciting new ways to experience what they have come to expect from NAMIC events.

All times listed are in Eastern Standard Time.

Tuesday, July 21
9:30 a.m. – 2:35 p.m.

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10:00 – 11:15 a.m.

NAMIC Welcome, COVID–19 Industry Update, and Keynote Address: Building an All-In Culture, Managing Change, and Enhancing Engagement
Join Chuck Chamness, NAMIC’s president and CEO, as he kicks off this virtual Agricultural Risk Inspection School with the latest updates on what NAMIC’s been up to and the impact COVID-19 is having on the insurance industry. Then Chester Elton will explore building an all-in culture within your organization.

While most leaders understand their most reliable competitive advantage comes from their people, few know how to get their teams "all in." New York Times bestselling author Chester Elton presents the findings of an unprecedented 300,000-person study on high–performance cultures. Based on this breakthrough research and his extensive consulting experience with a who’s–who of successful organizations, Chester presents a simple roadmap to create a high-achieving culture where employees are engaged, enabled, and energized.

Charles M. Chamness | President and CEO
NAMIC

Chester Elton | New York Times Best–Selling Author and Corporate Culture Researcher

11:15 – 11:30 a.m.

Virtual Networking Break

11:30 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.

Educational Sessions

  1. Core Session: Farm Liability Basics: I Can Get Sued for That?
    Farms and farming activities can pose a variety of hazards to visitors, adjacent property owners, buyers of farm products and services, and many others. If not recognized and properly managed, these hazards can become sources of legal liability to farmers.

    While the specific hazards will vary from farm to farm, depending on where they are located and what they do, there are basic principles of liability and common liability exposures that apply to all. This session will introduce these principles and the commonly encountered liability exposures to familiarize attendees with farm liability concerns. It will also use real-world examples to provide more clarity, including a cow that caused a $10 million loss. This is a basic-level session that is intended for people who are just starting out in casualty loss control.

    Thad Nosal, ALCM, ARM, ARM-P, CPCU | Director, Engineering and Safety Services
    ISO

  2. Future of Flood Insurance
    This session will provide a historical view of the flood insurance program and the direction it is moving. It will share data and trends that are changing the flood marketplace. The session will also include a discussion on private flood market entry and how agents can help their customers manage the increased risk of flooding.

    Tom Shaughnessy | Vice President of Sales
    Assurant

  3. What's That Combine Worth? Farm Equipment Valuation and Identification
    Farms use a vast array of complex, hard-working, and expensive machinery. During this informal yet informative discussion, attendees will learn more about the variety of today’s modern agricultural machines and their impacts on insurance. Attendees will examine the retail costs of many commonly used machines today and learn more about current and historic trends in pricing farm equipment. Finally, the session will highlight proper techniques for identifying and evaluating large farm machines and their parts.

    Joe Dykes | Vice President of Industry Relations
    Equipment Dealers Association

12:20 – 1:15 p.m.

Lunch Break

1:15 – 2:05 p.m.

Educational Sessions

  1. Core Session: Evaluating Structural Integrity of Agricultural Buildings
    Agricultural buildings are unique risks for property insurers because they are often exempt from building codes, are typically hard-use structures, and generally receive insufficient maintenance and restoration throughout their lifespans. This session will introduce loss control professionals and insurance underwriters to the elementary concepts needed to evaluate the structural integrity of agricultural buildings.

    Ryan Michalek, PE, LEED AP, CRIS, UL CRP, ARM | Risk Management Property Engineer
    Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company

  2. Business Interruption
    This session will provide a general overview of business interruption in regard to farm operations, and the various methods used to treat these exposures. Learn more about what to be aware of when evaluating risks.

    Ashley VanAernam, AFIS, AINS, AAIC AgAdvisor | Ag Operations Performance Manager
    Farm Bureau Financial Services

  3. Go With the Flow: Exploring Irrigation Systems and Hazards
    In the Midwest, irrigation is a large component of many ag operations. Proper identification of irrigation systems and an understanding of their risks are crucial to communicating with clients and to properly write the exposure. This session will help increase attendees’ knowledge by explaining irrigation methods, manufacturer differences, valuation concerns, types of losses, and salvage that must be considered when writing irrigation coverage.

    Eric Kracke, CPCU, SCLA Gold, AIC, API, AIS, AINS, PCS, ACS, AFIS, FRCS, AAIC AgAdvisor | Ag Operations Performance Manager
    Farm Bureau Financial Services

Wednesday, July 22
9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

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10:00 – 10:50 a.m.

Educational Sessions

  1. Core Session: Diagnosing the Deficiency: Inspecting Livestock Confinements
    Animal confinement structures have been increasing in size and value, making the underwriting and loss control functions more important than ever. This session will examine the specifics when it comes to inspecting and underwriting these risks. If you want to become more comfortable in identifying the unique risks present in swine, poultry, and dairy buildings and how to mitigate those risks, this session is for you.

    Zachary Hinthorn, AINS | Loss Control Representative
    COUNTRY Financial

  2. Advanced Electrical System Risk Assessments: Understanding the Hazards and Preventing Losses
    This session is designed for loss control professionals and field underwriters who conduct property risk evaluation visits to farm, ag, or commercial locations and are looking to broaden their knowledge of electrical equipment exposures. Participants with basic understanding of electrical will take a deeper dive into the electrical distribution equipment found on site to become more knowledgeable about how they operate, the hazards they present, and the loss prevention measures that can be taken. Sharpening these skills will help attendees better identify electrical equipment deficiencies when conducting site visits and improve their abilities to communicate those deficiencies to policyholders to improve risks.

    Simon Corben | Senior Learning Specialist, External Partner Training
    FM Global

  3. Farm Side Businesses: Incidental Business Exposures and the Hazards That Accompany Them
    This session will delve into incidental business exposures that come with farming and discuss the hazards that accompany writing these exposures. The session will also touch on how ISO and AAIS respond to coverage requests.

    Jeanna Lemaster, AFIS, CIC | Farm and Loss Control Manager
    Indiana Farmers Mutual Insurance Company

10:50 – 11:05 a.m.

Virtual Networking Break

11:05 – 11:55 a.m.

Educational Sessions

  1. Foreign Animal Disease Risk in the Livestock Industry
    This presentation will focus on the risks that foreign animal diseases such as African swine fever and hoof-and-mouth disease pose to the livestock industry. A brief overview of the diseases will be provided, along with the prevalence of various foreign animal diseases across the globe. A description of the current regulation surrounding foreign animal disease will be discussed. Additionally, industry and government prevention efforts will be outlined, along with current gaps in prevention measures. If time permits, a case study using an example of recent outbreaks of a domestic disease that mimics the clinical signs of hoof-and-mouth disease will be presented.

    Tiffany Lee, DVM, Ph.D. | Director, Regulatory and Scientific Affairs
    North American Meat Institute

  2. Technology Down on the Farm
    We are experiencing a boom of advanced technology coming to the farm. It is already there in many cases, but the next five to 10 years will see the most changes in the agricultural industry in generations. During this session, attendees will explore the use of robotics, artificial intelligence, data, and machinery by farmers and ranchers and how the insurance industry could respond. The session will highlight what agents, underwriters, and loss control representatives should look for when reviewing risks.

    Jeffrey Wilson, CPCU, PFMM, AFIS | Vice President, Farm and Ranch
    State Auto Mutual Insurance Company

  3. Farm Pollution – The What, the Where, and the Pee-Yew
    Pollution on the farm is a daily hazard that cannot be avoided. Risks such as farm chemicals, fuel, and animal waste are easy to see, but others such as noise, cross contamination, and smell are much more difficult to identify and even harder to control. This session will discuss the types of pollution that can be found on the farm and control and mitigation practices that can be implemented to help protect the farmer and the environment.

    John Nagle | Farm Training Specialist
    Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance Company

11:55 a.m. – 12:40 p.m.

Lunch Break

12:40 – 1:30 p.m.

Educational Sessions

  1. Core Session: Solid Fuel Safety
    This session is an introductory-level lesson on solid fuel burning appliance safety. The installation requirements for an appliance as set out in the NFPA 211, the standard for chimneys, fireplaces, vents, and solid fuel-burning appliances, will be reviewed. The session will cover topics from appliances and installation to venting and locations. Code references and solutions to correct deficiencies in existing installations will also be discussed.

    Ward Henderson, CFPS, CRM | Western Loss Control Manager
    The Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company

  2. Renewable Energy – Solar, Wind, Digesters
    This session will explore the evolving exposures of renewable energy on the farm. Attendees will learn about the benefits renewable energy provides insureds and the considerations insurers must take into account. The session’s objectives will be to identify the key loss drivers to both property and liability losses and their associated risk characteristics. Finally, attendees will learn to identify areas of potential loss when conducting inspections and receive recommendations they can give to insureds to reduce loss potential.

    Todd Richardson, CPCU, ARe, AFIS | Senior Marketing Underwriter
    Swiss Re America

  3. Not Just Another Inspection: Why is Agricultural Risk Control Different?
    Many companies use loss control generalists to conduct commercial agriculture and farm facility inspections. However, these types of operations often present complexities that make them very different from typical commercial risks in terms of the overall exposure. This session will discuss a number of these aspects while offering insights on performing the job safely and effectively.

    Ben Peetz, CSP, CFPS, AFIS | Senior Risk Control Representative
    Westfield

1:30 – 1:45 p.m.

Virtual Networking Break

1:45 – 2:30 p.m.

Virtual Farm Learning Lab – Part I
One of the highlights of the Agricultural Risk Inspection School is the opportunity for participants to take the knowledge learned during the educational sessions and apply it in an actual agricultural operation. During this year’s virtual event, the Farm Learning Lab will also be virtual.

We will take the attendees to a working farm and conduct a mock inspection. This experiential learning opportunity provides a unique experience and sets this school apart from other industry events. The virtual tour will be presented in two segments, separated by a short networking break.

2:30 – 2:45 p.m.

Virtual Networking Break

2:45 – 3:30 p.m.

Virtual Farm Learning Lab – Part II
One of the highlights of the Agricultural Risk Inspection School is the opportunity for participants to take the knowledge learned during the educational sessions and apply it in an actual agricultural operation. During this year’s virtual event, the Farm Learning Lab will also be virtual.

We will take the attendees to a working farm and conduct a mock inspection. This experiential learning opportunity provides a unique experience and sets this school apart from other industry events. The virtual tour will be presented in two segments, separated by a short networking break.

Thursday, July 23
9:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

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10:00 – 10:50 a.m.

Educational Sessions

  1. Core Session: It’s Electric! Powering Our Nation’s Farms
    During this session, attendees will be exposed to basic issues related to the use of electricity on a farm, ranch, or another agricultural setting. Attendees will learn how electricity works, what can go wrong, and what to look for in the field, especially hazards that might result in a fire. The session is designed to give a general overview of the system’s components and the problems that can result from poor installation or lack of maintenance. While it is designed to be general in nature, attendees will be exposed to a wide range of information, including visual images of problems and how to deal with them.

    Ron Behrens, PE, ALCM, ARe, CEA | Director of Loss Control
    Services
    HSB – Hartford Steam Boiler

  2. Grain Storage and Entry Hazards: Myths, Misconceptions, Missteps, and Misinformation That Increase Risks
    More than two-thirds of the United States’ grain storage capacity is on-farm storage. While on-farm grain storage has continued to change in size, scope, and location, work practices have not always kept pace and may exacerbate hazards. This session will introduce attendees to change factors affecting on–site storage as well as correlations between storage capacity and fatal incidents. Typical hazard situations will be presented with discussion of common myths, misconceptions, and missteps in work practices that increase risk exposure. Attendees will learn what safety strategies should be implemented to mitigate risks, including some of the misinformation about safe practices that has circulated among agricultural circles.

    Jeffrey D. Decker | President/Owner
    Decker Consulting & Investigations, Inc.

    Salah Issa, Ph.D. | Assistant Professor
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  3. Nontraditional Agriculture Exposures
    This session will cover nontraditional agriculture issues such as innovative agriculture methods and markets, unusual animals, and crops. The goal of this session is to engage insurance professionals in thinking about agriculture more broadly than just cattle, pigs, poultry, and grain.

    Jill Scott, AINS, AIC, API, AFIS, AU, CPCU | Ag Operations Director
    Farm Bureau Financial Services

10:50 – 11:05 a.m.

Virtual Networking Break

11:05 – 11:45 a.m.

Closing Session: Growing Fiber, Grain, and CBD Hemp Crops – What is Occurring on the Farm?
The 2014 Farm Bill permitted industrial hemp — hemp grown for fiber or seed — to be grown in the United States for the first time in decades. The Hemp Farming Act of 2018 expanded the ability to farms to grow hemp for other uses including cannabinoids, such as CBD. Together this has opened significant market opportunities for farmers. This session will explain explore the hemp supply chain from growing to processing and selling hemp and hemp-related products. Hear some "real life" lessons learned by the Cooperative Extension Service at Penn State University that can be used to help identify and manage risks facing hemp–growing and hemp–related operations.

Jeffrey S. Graybill, MS, CCA | Agronomy Educator at Penn State Extension
Penn State University

11:45 a.m.

NAMIC Virtual Agricultural Risk Inspection School Concludes

Contacts

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317.876.4279

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