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Bird Flu Found in 5 more Northwest Iowa Farms

The deadly bird flu virus was found in an egg-laying flock with 3.7 million chickens in northwest Iowa in addition to four more poultry farms, state agriculture officials said. The virus will now cost Iowa egg producers about a sixth …

Insurer Group: Most Midwesterners not Prepared for Natural Disasters

With more severe thunderstorms and possibly tornadoes in the forecast for portions of the central U.S. today, the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI) says a recent survey conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of PCI shows that residents in …

Midwest Hammered by Severe Storms; More Expected Today

States in the Midwest were slammed on Wednesday by violent storms that produced high winds, hail and tornadoes. The severe weather is expected to continue today. Large and destructive hail have caused the most damage so far, according to the Weather …

Aon Benfield Cat Report Focuses on U.S. Snow/Ice and $1 Billion+ Losses

Impact Forecasting, Aon Benfield’s catastrophe model development team, has released the latest edition of its monthly Global Catastrophe Recap report, which evaluates the impact of the natural disaster events that occurred worldwide during February 2015. Topping the list are the …

Midwest, Plains Likely to See Economic Growth: Report

Economic growth lies ahead for nine Midwestern and Plains states despite pullbacks in the energy sector, according to a monthly report released on March 2. The overall Mid-America Business Conditions Index climbed to 57.0 in February from 54.8 in January, …

Berkshire Hathaway GUARD Adds BOP Product in Illinois

Berkshire Hathaway GUARD Insurance Companies (formerly known as GUARD Insurance Group) has begun offering businessowner’s policy (BOP) and umbrella coverage in Illinois.  The company already has an established presence in the state with workers’ compensation premium totaling about $10.5 million …

Patriot National, Stonewood Partner on Healthcare Program in Midwest

Patriot National Insurance Group Inc., a workers’ compensation insurer based in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., has a new partnership with Stonewood National Insurance Co. for a healthcare industry program in the Midwest. Under the partnership arrangement, Patriot will write workers’ compensation …

Dovetail Insurance Expands Distribution of BOP Product in Midwest

Dovetail Insurance, a supplier of cloud-based insurance product delivery services, is expanding its distribution of NetBOP in seven states, including Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin.  NetBOP is a business owners policy (BOP) insurance product developed for businesses …

Manufacturing Growth to Aid Midwest Economy

A new survey of business leaders in nine Midwest and Plains states suggests that manufacturing growth will help fuel the regional economy through the end of the year, according to a report released on Oct. 1. The overall Mid-America Business …

U.S. Crop-Insurance Claims Jump Amid Planting Delays, USDA Says

U.S. farmers who were prevented from planting by rain this year filed crop-insurance claims on six times more land than last season, the government said. Farmers filed claims on 8.213 million acres of grains, oilseeds, cotton and sugar as of …