Center for Farm Financial Management

Minnesota Crop Insurance Conference

Continuing Education workshop for crop insurance providers

Conference Information

The Minnesota Crop Insurance Conference is one of the largest gatherings of crop insurance agents in the Midwest. Attendees will hear industry speakers address topics directly relevant to crop insurance agents and interact with over 600 other crop insurance professionals.

NEW to the Conference in 2016

Ethics Credit - 2.0 ethics credits have been approved for attendees licensed in IA, MN, ND and WI. These will subsitute 2.0 general credits, but still give attendees a total of 8.0 CE credits altogether.

Shuttle Service - Visit Mankato will be providing shuttle service to and from Best Western and Courtyard Mankato - Marriott and the conference on Wednesday at 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and hourly between 7 and 9 p.m., and on Thursday at 7 and 7:30 a.m., with a return trip at 12:15 p.m. Shuttle service will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Space Renovations - The Verizon Wireless Center has been undergoing renovations to better serve event guests. Here's what they had to say about the changes: The New Verizon Event Center opens in downtown Mankato September 1, 2016 highlighted by a 21,000 sq. ft. multi-use auditorium space and three additional breakout rooms. A focus of the facility was on upgrades to its Audio / Visual capabilities and this new space will feature two built in 20’ x 14’ High Definition Projector Screens, State of the Art Audio to accommodate a variety of performing arts events and high speed wireless internet throughout. Verizon Center Executive Director Burt Lyman commented, “We knew the Arena space that we had been using for conventions didn’t produce the best sound for that type of event so one of our main focuses when we were planning this expansion was to create a facility that was turnkey from an Audio / Visual standpoint for events like the Minnesota Crop Insurance. The acoustics in this new space are sufficient for symphony’s and orchestra’s to play, so we’re really confident that it’s going to be a great venue for sound when you talk about having a presenter or panel discussion for a convention audience.”

Conference Registration

The 2016 conference will be held September 14-15, 2016 at the newly-renovated Verizon Wireless Center in Mankato, MN.

Pre-registration is required; walk-in registrations will not be accepted.

Click here to register.

For registrations received by September 2:
Online registration for full conference: $150 per person
Full conference registration by email, mail, or fax: $170 per person

For registrations received after September 2:
Online registration for full conference: $210 per person
Full conference registration by email, mail, or fax: $270 per person

You should receive an e-mailed confirmation within two weeks of registering. If you do not receive a confirmation, email

Registration cancellations will be refunded until September 2 and are subject to a $25 handling fee.

Continuing Education

6.0 general insurance credits and 2.0 ethics credits have been approved for IA, MN, ND and WI. 4.0 crop credits have been approved for SD. Agents must attend the entire conference to receive credits and must verify attendance during check-in periods.


Room blocks are reserved at five nearby hotels under the name "MN Crop Insurance." Reserve your room by August 14 to receive the rates listed below (not including tax). After August 14, reservations will be on a space and rate available basis.

Mankato City Center Hotel $85 a night. Call 507-345-1234 or 877-345-5577 for reservations.
This hotel is connected to the Verizon Wireless Center by a skyway.

Hilton Garden Inn $99 a night. Call 507-344-1111 for reservations or you can make your reservations online by referencing the group code MCI.
This hotel is connected to the Verizon Wireless Center by a skyway.

Best Western $77.99 a night. Call 507-625-9333 for reservations.
This hotel is located in North Mankato and is 1.5 miles away from the Verizon Wireless Center.

AmericInn Hotel $119.99 a night. Call 507-345-8011 or 800-634-3444 for reservations.
This hotel is located near the Minnesota State University, Mankato campus, and is approximately 2 miles away from the Verizon Wireless Center.

Courtyard Mankato - Marriott $129.00 a night. Call 507-388-1234 for reservations.
This hotel is located behind the River Hills Mall, off of Highway 14, and is approximately 4 miles away from the Verizon Wireless Center.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

1:00 p.m. Welcome

1:10 p.m. Positioning for Success in the Economic Reset
David Kohl, Professor Emeritus, Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Virginia Tech

2:25 p.m. The Current Situation in Grain Markets
Ed Usset, Grain Marketing Specialist and Extension Economist, Center for Farm Financial Management, University of Minnesota

2:50 p.m. Break

3:30 p.m. Weather Risk in Agriculture: A Management Strategy
Eric Snodgrass, Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of Atmospheric Science, University of Illinois

4:10 p.m. Washington Agricultural Update
Jeff Harrison, Counsel, Combest Sell & Associates

5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Reception
Sponsored by Crop Insurance Companies and Associations

Thursday, September 15, 2016

8:00 a.m. Welcome

8:10 a.m. Crop Insurance Update 2016
Brandon Willis, Administrator, USDA Risk Management Agency

9:00 a.m. Precision Farming - Standards and Interoperability
Dennis Daggett, Senior Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, ProAg

9:25 a.m. Financial Risks for Minnesota Producers: Income Trends and Production Costs
Dale Nordquist, Associate Director and Extension Economist, Center for Farm Financial Management, University of Minnesota

9:50 a.m. Break

10:20 a.m. How to Avoid Ethical Minefields
Marianne Jennings, Professor Emeritus, Arizona State University

Noon Adjourn



Minnesota Crop Insurance Conference

  • September 14-15, 2016
  • Verizon Wireless Center
  • Mankato, MN
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