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People Moves: Burns & Wilcox Names Kaufman President; Arturo Adds Tulsian; Robinett Joins NFP

Daniel J. Kaufman will become president of wholesale broker Burns & Wilcox in January. He previously served as chief operating officer for Burns & Wilcox, the largest subsidiary of H.W. Kaufman Group. He is only the third president in the …

USDA Revises Rules on Crop Insurance for Hemp Producers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is changing some rules around crop insurance for hemp, including making the insurability requirements more flexible. USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) has also added a new requirement for producers who grow direct-seeded hemp and is …

Safety Advocates Are Worried As Teen Truckers Hit the Road

Dezjion Henson has wanted to be a truck driver his whole life. When he turned 18 last year he jumped at the chance and signed on as an apprentice with Total Transportation of Mississippi, LLC in Richland, Mississippi. “Growing up, …

Insuring Cannabis Summit: What Will the Market Look Like 5 Years from Now?

This is part of a series of articles from Insurance Journal’s annual Insuring Cannabis Summit on Oct. 14. You can find more articles from the summit at the bottom of this one. The green rush, a term for talent crossing …

U.S. Calls for Outer Space Norms After ‘Irresponsible’ Russia Test

U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris on Wednesday criticized an “irresponsible” Russian test that endangered the International Space Station with debris, and the Biden administration laid out a new strategy for responsible use of space. Harris convened the inaugural meeting of …

Facebook Whistleblower Tells Congress ‘Time Is of Essence’ in Social Media Law Reform

Ex-Facebook employee and whistleblower Frances Haugen implored lawmakers Wednesday to avert the usual congressional stalemates as they weigh proposals to curb abuses on social media platforms by limiting the companies’ free-speech protections against legal liability. Still, Haugen urged caution in …

Climate Report: ‘Low- to No-Snow’ Will Worsen Water Shortages in U.S. West

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change this week distributed the final draft of the Working Group III contribution to the Sixth Assessment Report to governments, in one of the final stages of preparations before IPCC member countries consider this report …

How Personal Lines Insurance Sector Will Fare in 2022

Thanks in part to higher surplus levels and favorable risk-adjusted capitalization at the start of 2021, the U.S. personal lines insurance segment has managed to navigate the challenges of this year including above-average catastrophe activity, a return to pre-pandemic frequency …

Joyn Insurance Goes Live With E&S Offerings in 28 States

New digital managing general agency Joyn is expanding its excess and surplus coverage offerings to a total of 28 states plus Washington, D.C. The majority of the new offerings are excess lines of business in 21 states and Washington, D.C, …

Construction Industry Faces ‘New Age’ Risks Along with Strong Growth Outlook

The global construction industry’s risk landscape will be transformed by radical changes in design, materials and processes as the industry enters a sustained period of strong growth. The post-Covid-19 growth will be driven by government spending on infrastructure and the …

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