Recent News

The latest news from Farmers Mutual Hail including the upcoming events, notices and important insurance and reinsurance updates

Two FMH Employees to Participate in CIRB’s Third Emerging Leaders Program Class

CIRB's Emerging Leaders Program increases participants' knowledge of key policy issues and prepares them with the skills they need to be effective advocates for crop insurance.

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Precision Solutions: Planting the Seed - August 2017

Learn more about how farmers use precision technology during harvest, and how the data they collect can be used for production reporting or for a crop insurance claim.

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Precision Solutions: Planting the Seed - July 2017

When a farmer plants or harvests the following crops, their precision equipment can capture the appropriate data that can be used for Precision Crop Insurance Solutions.

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Crop Insurance Good for Farmers, Taxpayers, and Rural America

Washington, D.C.- Today, the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry held a hearing titled "Commodities, Credit, and Crop Insurance: Perspectives on Risk Management Tools and Trends for the 2018 Farm Bill."

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Precision Solutions Saves Time in Missouri Replant Claim

“I received a call from Adjuster Kent Fischer in Missouri. The farmer had just finished planting 2,000 acres of corn, and Kent knew he was planning to report his acres using ACR after planting,” said Branden Plummer, Precision Technology Specialist. “He contacted me to see if we could use that planting data he already collected for this claim.”

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FMH Claim Survey Results Reflect World Class Service

Farmers Mutual Hail has been known for its outstanding claim service for generations. Over the last year, FMH has begun the full implementation of a claims experience survey to prove it.

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FMH Enters 125th Year Protecting Farmers

Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance Company of Iowa (FMH) has entered its 125th year as an American-based, family-run insurance provider.

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Important Crop Insurance Dates

The FMH Important Dates tool provides the key crop insurance dates for all states carrying Farmers Mutual Hail policies. Use the tool to look up the important dates right down to a crop and plan type level.

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2016 Harvest Prices Announced

The 2016 CY CCIP and ARPI harvest prices have been announced...

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Precision Farming and Crop Insurance

FMH Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer, Don Preusser, discusses the benefits and latest trends in precision farming and crop insurance in a recent article featured by Agribank.

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Claims Experience Significantly Improved with FMH Precision Claims

Producers can further utilize their precision equipment and experience an easier claims process by using FMH Precision Claims, a solution offered only by Farmers Mutual Hail. Precision Claims use the precision data that is already being collected within a producer’s Farm Management Software (FMS) for claims settlement.

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Farmers Mutual Hail Invests in Local Ag Tech Accelerator

Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance Company of Iowa (FMH) announced today its investment in the new, local Ag Tech Accelerator to support the growth of new technology for producers and the ag industry.

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Harvest Safety Reminders

FMH wants to ensure that farmers have a safe and successful season with our Harvest Safety Reminders...

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FMH Sponsors 7th Annual OCCO Charity Golf Event

On July 30, supporters of the Ovarian Cancer Community Outreach Organization teed off at the 7th annual “Tee Up for Ovarian Cancer” charity golf event, hosted at Thornberry Creek Golf Course in Oneida, Wisconsin.

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2016 Crops Better Than Last Year

According to the mid-July USDA report, 76 percent of the U.S. corn is in good to excellent condition. At this time last year, only 69 percent of the corn was rated good to excellent...

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NCIS Poll Results: Majority of Americans Support Federal Crop Insurance

A survey commissioned by National Crop Insurance Services (NCIS) shows that Americans overwhelmingly support farmers, farm policy, and the current crop insurance program.

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FMH 2015 Corporate Giving

Farmers Mutual Hail has a long history of generously giving back to its community through fundraisers, volunteering, and monetary donations. In 2015, FMH contributed more than $250,000 in total to more than 50 different organizations.

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FMH Donates over $20K to JDRF

Farmers Mutual Hail has been a long-time supporter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), but 2016 may have been the best fundraising year yet for the company.

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2016 CIPA Spring Meeting

Crop Insurance Professionals Association (CIPA) members met in Kansas City in early May to discuss current challenges the crop insurance industry faces...

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Aaron Rutledge Completes CIRB Emerging Leaders Program

Aaron Rutledge, Assistant Vice President and Compliance Manager, deepened his industry involvement and advocacy knowledge by participating in the Crop Insurance and Reinsurance Bureau (CIRB) Emerging Leaders Program...

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2016 CCIP and ARPI Projected Prices Announced

The 2016 CY projected prices and volatility factors have been approved for certain plans of insurance. These apply to policies with a March 15 sales closing date unless otherwise indicated. Read more to learn the details.

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FMH Leadership Attend CIRB Annual Meeting

FMH leadership attended the Crop Insurance and Reinsurance Bureau (CIRB) 52nd Annual Meeting from February 10-12 in Indian Wells, California...

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Crop Insurance Voice Heard Against Washington Budget Deal

When cuts to America’s crop insurance were slipped into the budget deal just days before Congress was scheduled to vote on it, the nation’s farming communities and industries rose up and voiced their opposition in one loud, unified voice – and caught the ear of Washington.

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Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance Utilizes John Deere API

Larry Casey, Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance, spoke with Chuck Zimmerman, AgWired, while at Develop with Deere about integrating precision data with the crop insurance industry to provide a better experience for growers.

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Continued Action Needed to Oppose Crop Insurance Cuts

Budget cuts affecting America’s crop insurance private sector delivery were included in the budget deal passed by Congress on October 28, but there is still a chance these cuts can be removed from the omnibus package that will be considered in December.

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Crop Insurance Voice Heard in Budget Deal Opposition

Last week, budget cuts affecting America’s crop insurance private sector delivery were included in the budget deal going to the Congress floor on October 29. Between the time late Monday night when the cuts were added to the budget deal, to the time of the vote on Wednesday afternoon, the nation’s farming and crop insurance communities rose up and voiced their opposition loudly and consistently to their congressmen, catching the attention of the media.

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Farmers Mutual Hail Wins 6th Annual Battle of the Brands

After six weeks of campaigning for votes and passing contender after brand contender, Farmers Mutual Hail won Lessing-Flynn’s 6th Annual Battle of the Brands.

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Technology, Sustainability, and Insurance Essential to Agriculture’s Future

(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) — Farmers and ranchers are tasked with producing more food and fiber than ever to meet the world’s growing appetite, and they have to do it while preserving scarce natural resources and dealing with extreme weather and volatile markets.

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FMH Silent Auction Raises $4K for Food Bank of Iowa

In its September 11 report, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) crop production forecasts did not waiver much from the optimistic August report.

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USDA Harvest Forecasts: Just Short of Last Year

In its September 11 report, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) crop production forecasts did not waiver much from the optimistic August report.

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FMH Pink Pencil Celebrates 100th Anniversary

The iconic pink FMH pencil is 100 years old (at least).

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FMH Sponsors 6th Annual Charity Golf Event for Ovarian Cancer Community Outreach

On July 31, supporters of the Ovarian Cancer Community Outreach Organization teed off at the 6th annual “Tee Up for Ovarian Cancer” charity golf event, hosted at Thornberry Creek Golf Course in Oneida, Wisconsin.

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Federal Crop Insurance Payments Down 26 Percent in 2014

A recent report from RMA calculated that the 2014 federal crop insurance payments have totaled $8.8 billion. This amount is 26 percent lower than the 2013 total payment amount of $12 billion...

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USDA Expands Crop Insurance Options, Provides Relief to Farmers Affected by Severe Weather

RMA announced the expansion of crop insurance options for farmers who elect the Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO) or the Actual Production History (APH) Yield Exclusion.

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FMH Funds 17 FFA Scholarships

Farmers Mutual Hail is proud to announce its sponsorship of 17 Future Farmers of America (FFA) Scholarships...

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Spring Conditions Put Planting Ahead of Schedule

This year’s planting season is ahead of schedule according to the most recent USDA Crop Progress report.

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FMH Raises over $14,000 for JDRF

A team of 30 people represented FMH among approximately 6,000 participants at the JDRF One Walk on May 16, 2015 to support The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation...

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USDA Reminds Farmers to Certify Conservation Compliance by June 1 Deadline

Producers May Need to Take Action to Remain Eligible for Crop Insurance Premium Support

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Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance Selects AIR’s Fund Designation Service to Optimize its Risk

Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance Company of Iowa (FMH), a leader in the crop insurance industry, today announced it has selected catastrophe modeling firm AIR Worldwide’s Fund Designation Service to better optimize its risk and enhance its fund designation strategy.

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Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance Company of Iowa Completes Acquisition of John Deere Insurance Company

(West Des Moines, Iowa – March 31, 2015) – Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance Company of Iowa (FMH) today announced it has completed the closing on the acquisition of John Deere Insurance Company and John Deere Risk Protection, Inc.

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USDA Extends ARC and PLC Deadlines

Farmers Have Until April 7 to Update Yields, Reallocate Base Acres, and Make Final Selections

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Spring 2015 Reminders

2015 Spring Cancellation and SCD, Production Reporting Date, Yield Exclusion Option, Replant Supplement, and Unpaid 2014 Policies important dates and reminders.

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USDA Provides One-Time Extension of Deadline to Update Base Acres or Yield History for ARC/PLC Programs

Farmers Now Have Until March 31 to Update Yields and Reallocate Base Acres; Deadline for Choosing Between ARC and PLC also Remains March 31...

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2015 Crop Year CCIP & ARPI Projected Prices & Volatility Factors

The projected prices and volatility factors apply to policies with a February 28 sales closing date, unless otherwise indicated, and are applicable for the crops, types, practices and states indicated in the table...

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Steve Rutledge Presented Crop Insurance Industry Lifetime Achievement Award

Steven C. Rutledge, former Farmers Mutual Hail (FMH) president and CEO, received the Crop Insurance Industry Lifetime Achievement Award during the 2015 Crop Insurance Industry Annual Convention held in February...

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Sales Closing Date Nears for Crops Eligible for SCO and STAX

WASHINGTON, Jan. 21, 2015 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture reminds producers thatthey must sign up for the Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO) and Stacked Income Protection Plan for Upland Cotton (STAX) before the sales closing dates for eligible 2015 Spring crops...

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Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance Company of Iowa to Acquire John Deere Insurance Company

Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance Company of Iowa (FMH) today announced the signing of a definitive agreement to acquire John Deere Insurance Company and John Deere Risk Protection, Inc. Ron Rutledge, FMH Chairman, President and CEO, commented...

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FMH Contributes Over $102K to the United Way Campaign

It has been another successful year of FMH contributions to United Way. Together, FMH employees and retirees pledged $34,047 to the United Way campaign. With the company’s generous two-for-one match...

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Application Open for 17 FMH-Sponsored FFA Scholarships for Students

Every year for more than 25 years, FMH has sponsored 17 $1,500 FFA scholarships for FFA members and students within the company’s 15-state writing area...

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USDA's First Military Veterans Agriculture Liaison Announced

Just three days after Veteran’s Day, Karis Gutter, a Marine Corps Reserve veteran and current USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services (FFAS), was announced as the first USDA Military...

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Harvest Prices Announced: Year of the RP Claims

At the start of November, the USDA Risk Management Agency (RMA) finalized the 2014 crop insurance harvest prices at $3.49 per bushel for corn, and $9.65 per bushel for soybeans. That puts corn almost 25 percent below the spring projected price of $4.62 per bushel...

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APH Yield Exclusion to be Implemented for 2015 Spring Crops

In late October, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the implementation of a new Farm Bill initiative: the Actual Production History (APH) Yield Exclusion, available nationwide for farmers of select crops starting for Spring 2015...

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USDA Crop Progress Report: Harvest Picks Up Pace, Still Behind Average

The warm and dry weather much of the Corn Belt experienced last week helped growers pick up the pace on the harvest that has been delayed for most of the fall...

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Farm Bill Implementation On Track

According to Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack, the USDA is on schedule with implementation of the crop-related commodity programs in the Farm Bill...

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USDA Unveils Key New Programs to Help Farmers Manage Risk

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack today unveiled highly anticipated new programs to help farmers better manage risk, ushering in one of the most significant reforms to U.S. farm programs in decades...

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2014 Farm Progress Show Cut Short, Still Success

The 2014 Farm Progress Show kicked off with a rainy morning but gave way to a mild, sunny day. Unfortunately, the storm clouds stuck around...

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FMH Sponsors 5th-Annual Charity Golf Event for Ovarian Cancer Community Outreach Organization

On July 25, supporters of the Ovarian Cancer Community Outreach Organization teed off at the 5th annual “Tee Up for Ovarian Cancer” charity golf event...

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Over 20 Years of Supporting the Iowa State Fair Blue Ribbon Foundation

Since its inception in 1993, FMH has supported the Iowa StateFair Blue Ribbon Foundation, an organization established to raise funds for the renovation and preservation of the historic Iowa State Fairgrounds...

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Policyholders in Good Hands with FMH

Recently, severe weather has torn up fields across the Midwest. Nebraska has especially seen its share of damage with several storms consisting of winds over 50 mph and hail ranging from pea-sized to baseball-sized. Our excellent team of adjusters...

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