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Iowa’s Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance to Acquire John Deere Crop Insurance

Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance Co. of Iowa (FMH) announced it is acquiring Moline, Ill.-based John Deere Insurance Co. and John Deere Risk Protection Inc. The action is a result of Deere’s previously announced review of strategic options for the crop insurance business. …

North Dakota Trial Set In Deteriorating Potatoes, Crop Insurance Case

Trial is set to begin for two North Dakota brothers accused of intentionally destroying potatoes and defrauding the federal government out of about $2 million in crop insurance payments. Aaron and Derek Johnson, of the Cooperstown area, are charged with …

Crop Of Climate Corps May Bloom in Ag Insurance Landscape

You can still shake your climate moneymaker. Climate change certainly didn’t carry the day in the November elections. It shouldn’t be news to anyone that the topic ushered in few if any victories for those who had it high on …

Dry Conditions Shouldn’t Impact Hawaii Coffee Crops

A new forecast says Hawaii’s Big Island can expect below-average rainfall this winter. But it’s not likely to experience severe drought. The National Weather Service says there is a 55- to 60 percent chance of El Nino conditions developing. But …

Texas Cotton Farmers Say Farm Bill Provision Saves Crop Insurance

Texas cotton producers say they are pleased to learn the U.S. Department of Agriculture has reconsidered its decision about implementing a provision of the farm bill. The department’s announcement means its Risk Management Agency will calculate production yields for all …

New Crop Insurance Program to Benefit Small Ag Producers in North Dakota

Small farmers and ranchers in North Dakota who once were unable to insure their crops will get a chance to do so in 2015 under a new insurance program. Small and mid-size producers will be able to insure all of …

Oklahoma Wheat Farmers Seek Drought Loss Relief from USDA

Oklahoma wheat farmers want the U.S. Department of Agriculture to implement now a policy that’s scheduled to start in 2016 that farmers say would help ease the financial pain of ongoing drought. The policy is part of the 2014 Farm …

HCC Insurance Eyes Crop Insurance with Acquisition of Producers Ag

HCC Insurance Holdings Inc. said has agreed to acquire Producers Ag Insurance Group Inc. (ProAg) from CUNA Mutual Group in an all-cash purchase of ProAg’s capital stock for $110 million. The transaction, which is subject to regulatory approvals, is expected …

New Mexico’s Green Chile Crop Endangered by Weather

Wet weather in recent weeks has left some of New Mexico’s green chile crop in danger. The Las Cruces Sun-News reported  that a hail storm last week was the latest in a spate of precipitation to plague chile fields in …

Montana Crops Besieged by Floodwaters

The round hay bales in the Saco flats have turned dark with mud and mildew. The high-water mark rises halfway up these slumping, soggy bales – thousands of which dot the fields along U.S. Highway 12 – bearing the ruin …