Over 200 Farmers Mutual Hail employees have completed or are in the final stages of completing Level I of the FMH Precision Certification program this fall.
The FMH Precision Certification program is a self-guided education course developed specifically for FMH employees to learn about precision technology, precision data in crop insurance, and to increase involvement in and awareness of the precision industry.
“This is more than just job training. This program encourages employees to gain a foundational understanding of precision so our agents and policyholders can have a ‘full service’ precision team when working with FMH,” said Dawn Stoppelmoor, FMH Business Development Manager.
Employees in the program represent different departments and levels across Farmers Mutual Hail, including: the entire crop underwriting staff; the entire internal claims staff; all field claims mangers; all full-time adjusters; and the entire precision team. Additionally, all department and division leaders and sales managers completed the online courses with plans to gain certification in the future.
Launched in February, Level I certification includes 16 eLearning modules, over four hours of hands-on learning requirements, and up to seven self-directed learning tasks such as completing a research assignment. Certification concludes with an exam.
The program covers a range of topics such as the basic workings of precision ag technology on a farm, how precision data is transmitted and used for crop insurance in different areas of the organization, and rolespecific training such as observation days in the field for office employees.
"Having the most knowledgeable staff in the field and the office will provide the best experience for our customers, which will strengthen FMH’s position as a leader and support the momentum of our growth in this space."
- Shannon Rutledge, Executive Vice President & COO
The FMH training and precision teams are currently developing the Level II certification program, and plan to provide a Level III certification in the future. For interested agents, there are plans to launch an FMH Precision Certification program for agents in the future.
“From the beginning, we have intended to provide similar certification opportunities for our agents,” said Stoppelmoor. “This certification program will be unlike any other crop insurance and precision training out there today. No matter your current knowledge level of precision, this program will be designed to add depth to what you already know, encourage you to connect with local resources, and give you more confidence when providing FMH Precision Solutions to your policyholders.”