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Farmers in Upper Midwest Report Damage from Dicamba Herbicide

Hundreds of farmers in the Upper Midwest are reporting damage from the controversial herbicide dicamba, and state officials are considering restrictions for the 2018 growing season that might surpass even new federal rules. The state agriculture departments in North Dakota, …

Iowa’s Grassley in ‘Violent Opposition’ to Withdrawal of Rule Protecting Animal Farmers

The Trump administration’s decision to kill a rule designed to protect the rights of farmers who raise chickens, cows and hogs for the United States’ largest meat processors has infuriated farmer advocates, including a Republican senator from Iowa who said …

North Dakota’s Godfread ‘Excited’ About Technological Innovations in Insurance

North Dakota’s insurance commissioner is bullish on the technological innovations that are occurring within the insurance industry and wants his state to be in the forefront of experimenting with and testing new insurance products and developments. Though in terms of …

Minnesota’s SFM Mutual Insurance Joins Board of Global Insurance Accelerator

The Des Moines, Iowa-based Global Insurance Accelerator (GIA) announced that SFM Mutual Insurance Company (SFM), a workers’ compensation specialty provider headquartered in Bloomington, Minnesota, will join the GIA board of directors as part of support for the company’s recent annual …

JMB Insurance Adds Kanter in Chicago

JMB Insurance Agency, a Chicago-based risk management services and insurance brokerage, has added Ben Kanter as a producer to work with its rapidly expanding private equity and real estate groups. In this role, Kanter will be responsible for the development …

Home, Auto Insurance Rates Rose Slightly in Ohio in 2016

Ohio Department of Insurance Director Jillian Froment says that the average rates in 2016 for the top 10 homeowners and private passenger auto insurance groups in Ohio increased 1.9 percent and 3.1 percent, respectively. Ohioans pay among the lowest average …

Records Show Unprecedented Increase in Firearm Thefts in Kansas City

Police records show there has been an unprecedented spike in gun thefts in Kansas City, Missouri. The number of annual firearms thefts sharply increased between 2015 and 2016, according to police data obtained by the Kansas City Star. Police received …

Alerts System for Tech-Connected Cars Planned for Ohio Turnpike

Officials are planning a new system of travel alert information for part of the Ohio Turnpike near Cleveland with an eye toward a day when autonomous vehicles might regularly cruise the roadway. The Turnpike Commission will use roadside sensors and …

MJ Insurance Names Miller Chief Information Officer

Indianapolis, Indiana-based MJ Insurance has named Chad Miller as chief information officer. He will serve the firm’s offices in Indiana and Arizona. Technology is at the core of MJ’s employee and client experience strategies. MJ is committed to further expanding …

Joplin School District Still Haggling with FEMA over Cost of Tornado Repairs

More than six years after a deadly tornado tore through Joplin, Missouri, the heavily damaged local school district has rebuilt. Exactly how much of those costs the district will have to shoulder remains up in the air. The district is …

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