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NAU Country, Iteris ClearAg, expand offerings
NAU Country Insurance Company expands Iteris ClearAg offerings
NAU Country agents and farmers have the opportunity to leverage Iteris ClearAg’s Spray Advisor "smart content" to help minimize risk during critical crop growth stages
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Crop Insurance: Private Sector Delivery
The third and final installment of an educational video series that examines the upcoming Farm Bill has been released. Watch to learn more from National Crop Insurance Services.
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AACI Newsletter
April 20, 2018

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Nursery Nursery Crop Provision changes
NAU Country wants you to be aware of changes that affect your crop insurance coverage. RMA has recently issued an updated and revised Nursery policy for the coming crop year 2019, please refer to RMA’s PM Bulletin 18-018. Published: April 4, 2018
Crop Coverage Demo Iowa cover crop incentive
The Iowa Deputy Secretary of Agriculture announced a new program aimed at increasing acres of cover crops in the state. Iowa farmers who plant cover crops this fall (2017)
Senator John Thune (R-SD) and Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) Midwest Senators introduce the 2018 Agriculture Data Act
As Congress begins putting together the framework for the 2018 Farm Bill, Senator John Thune (R-S.D.) and Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), both members of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, have jointly introduced bipartisan legislation to improve agriculture data research of conservation practices. Published: March 26, 2018
Scholarships and training build strong communities Scholarships, Training Build Strong Communities
NCIS has proudly provided scholarships to 18 students at 1890 Land Grant universities to help them complete their education since 2001. The universities have historically served African-American students. It’s part of NCIS’ mission of helping under-served communities in rural America with access to top risk management and marketing training and education to develop the agriculture workforce. Published: March 22, 2018
12 Reasons 12 Reasons why crop insurance is essential
Crop insurance helps make America’s farmers and ranchers world leaders in agriculture, allowing them to stay competitive and be more innovative. Published: March 14, 2018
The Risk Pool Crop Insurance: The Risk Pool
The second installment of an educational video series that examines the upcoming Farm Bill has been released. Published: March 5, 2018
Risk Management Minute Risk Management Minute
The first installment of an educational video series examines the upcoming Farm Bill. Published: March 1, 2018
website_ratechanges Crop Insurance Acreage sets new mark in 2017
2017 was an historic year for crop insurance, with 311 million acres enrolled in the system. For perspective, that’s an area roughly the size of California, Texas, and New York combined. Published: February 28, 2018
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February 12, 2018

Read up on the latest AACI news. Note: AACI content can only be accessed through the Agent Portal. Click on the link to login, and view the AACI Newsletter PDF. Published: February 12, 2018
Committee Chairman Mike Conaway Former RMA Administrator Opines on Crop Insurance Critics
February 6, 2018

The House Agriculture Committee is diligently working on a new Farm Bill, which Committee Chairman Mike Conaway (R-TX) hopes will receive a vote in the House of Representatives before the end of March. Published: February 6, 2018
Former RMA administrator opines on crop insurance critics Former RMA Administrator Opines on Crop Insurance Critics
FCIC crop insurance, unlike disaster aid, is a business model that rewards farmers for being good managers and good businessmen. Claims are paid reliably in 30 days after being filed, based on stable, pre-set contracts. Farmers purchase their coverage, paying good money from their own pockets, yes at subsidized rates, but still large enough to force them to make serious choices about risk. Published: February 6, 2018
Farmers get a bill, not a check Most Farmers get a bill, not a check, with Crop Insurance
We all carry insurance on something: Our homes, our cars, maybe even a special vacation or a treasured antique. And, we all get bills in the mail to pay premiums on those insurance policies. When disaster strikes, and we have to use the policies we’ve paid for, we must first absorb part of the loss as a deductible before aid is received. Farmers are no different, despite what farm policy critics might have you believe. Published: January 30, 2018
Foreign Ag Subsidies 2017: A year of foreign ag subsidies
While the United States has reformed its farm policies to be market oriented and focus on risk management tools like crop insurance, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) found that total U.S. support has declined from 21% of gross farm receipts (GFR) in the mid ‘80s to just 9% today. Published: January 23, 2018
Experience NAU Country Claim Service Experience NAU Country (QBE) claim service
Experience NAU Country (QBE) claim service in a central Florida Citrus Grove in one of the counties largely effected by Hurricane Irma.          
website_ratechanges 2018 Crop Insurance rate changes for corn and soybeans
The Risk Management Agency has released rates needed to calculate 2018 crop insurance premium. Revenue Protection (RP) rate changes suggest slightly higher corn premiums and lower soybean premiums. Published: December 28, 2017
Farm Bureau urges farmers to speak up for crop insurance Farm Bureau President Urges Farmers to Speak Up for Crop Insurance
Zippy Duvall, president of the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), is urging farmers to make their voices heard as the next Farm Bill is being considered. “Constantly communicate with (legislators) week in and week out,” he said during a recent visit to Indiana, where he met with members of the media. Published: December 28, 2017
FarmPolicyFact Our View: Anti-Farmer Legislation Rings Hollow
The negative impacts to sugar producers with the proposed “Sugar Policy Modernization Act” and additional legislation designed to deny farmers access to insurance policies that provide revenue stability are among the topics covered in this editorial article from Farm Policy Facts.org. Published: December 20, 2017
Don't Mess with Crop Insurance Don’t Mess with Crop Insurance
“Don’t mess with crop insurance.” The phrase has become a battle cry among farmers in the Midwest, especially as legislators headed out for listening sessions and town halls ahead of the next farm bill. Published: December 14, 2017
Rural Infrastructure Don’t forget about the rural infrastructure
As Congress considers President Trump’s $1 trillion infrastructure investment plan, advocates for agriculture and rural communities are making sure lawmakers understand spending is needed not only for roads and bridges but also for broadband internet and a host of other items on the nation’s maintenance backlog. Published: December 5, 2017
Attacks harm American farmers Attacks on revenue insurance harm America’s farmers
Farm families across America are struggling. Crop prices are down. Farm incomes have fallen drastically in the past several years and weather disasters have hit farms in most parts of the country. And the pain is trickling down to small businesses and communities throughout rural America. Published: November 30, 2017
Thank You Farmers Give Thanks for Our Nation's Farmers
When you sit down at the family dinner table this Thanksgiving and count your many blessings, be sure to take a moment to acknowledge the contributions of our nation’s farmers. From the corn to the cranberries, and the sweet potatoes to the pumpkin pie, it is the hard work of farmers that make the meal possible. Published: November 22, 2017
How farming has changed Harvest 2017 Marks a 25 Year Milestone for Precision Ag
There are a number of things in agriculture that have seen dramatic changes in my lifetime. Equipment, technology, seed and chemicals, just to name a few, in no way resemble what my grandfather used. Published: November 21, 2017
Florida Sugar Cane 2017 Sugar Harvest
Hurricane Irma may ultimately be blamed for $100 billion in damage across Florida, making it one of the costliest storms in U.S. history. Read the three part series on the 2017 sugar harvest. Published: November 7, 2017
John Neal QBE Insurance predicts 'costliest year' in global industry's history
QBE Insurance, one of the world’s biggest insurance companies, has warned 2017 will likely be the “costliest year in the history of the global insurance industry” after a series of catastrophic hurricanes in recent months. Published: October 20, 2017
Limiting Crop Insurance Cuts Deep University researchers: Limiting crop insurance cuts deep
Crop insurance has been hailed by lawmakers and farmers alike as an essential risk management tool during recent House and Senate Agriculture Committee hearings. Despite the praise, there are still critics who hope to weaken farmers’ protection against natural disaster and wild swings in the market. Published: October 17, 2017
Importance of Crop Insurance Farm Bill discussions clear up farm policy confusion. Ag community makes their voices heard.
Access to affordable crop insurance allows American farmers to continue to provide affordable food for America and the world. Without it, I can guarantee you it wouldn't take long for it to hit everyone's pocketbook at the grocery store” - Dorian Culver, soybean farmer and crop insurance agent. Published: October 3, 2017
Farm Policy Facts New Study Exposes Heritage Foundation's Misleading Narrative About Farm Policy
Farm policy has been around since the beginning of the country and for good reason argues Brandon Willis, the former administrator of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Risk Management Agency (RMA), in a new study that debunks the Heritage Foundation’s misleading narrative that there is no place for farm policy in America. Published: September 26, 2017
Havest Advisor Introducing Harvest Advisor
NAU Country farmers are experienced and know their harvest cycle, but sometimes getting a second opinion can mean the difference between a loss and a profitable year. Published: September 9, 2017