Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently named four new members of the Federal Crop Insurance Corp. (FCIC) board of directors. The new appointees are James Bardenhagen, Iris Saenz, John F. Finston, and Kenneth Ray Sneed. They joined the FCIC board in February.
James Bardenhagen, of Bardenhagen Farms, is a specialty crop farmer growing apples, cherries, grapes, potatoes, hay, and small grains in Suttons Bay, Mich. He has been a participant in the crop insurance program for approximately 13 years and was a Michigan State University Extension Director in Leelanau County for 20 years.
Iris V. Sáenz, a native of Premont, Texas, is a crop insurance agent and the owner of South Texas Insurance Services in McAllen, Texas. She has sold and serviced crop insurance policies for more than 25 years. She is also owner of MonteDuro Land and Cattle Company, a Beefmaster cow-calf operation and land management company.
John F. Finston is a deputy commissioner for the California Department of Insurance, an insurance regulator, and an attorney in San Francisco, Calif. Before joining the California Department of Insurance he was in private practice focusing on insurance, reinsurance, and insurance regulation for more than 30 years.
Kenneth Ray Sneed of Sneed Farms Inc. is a third generation farmer growing soybeans, cotton, corn, and wheat in partnership with his brothers in Drummonds, Tenn. for 35 years. He has 18 years of experience with the crop insurance program.
The Federal Crop Insurance Corp. was created by the Agricultural Risk Protection Act of 2000 and is responsible for maintaining and creating new programs for risk management and risk mitigation in agriculture.