ProAg Announces Agreement to Acquire International Ag

Lizzy Schultz Leave a Comment

Producers Ag Insurance Group, Inc. (ProAg), a member of the Tokio Marine HCC (TMHCC) group of companies, today announced a purchase agreement had been signed to acquire crop managing general agent (MGA) International Ag Insurance Solutions, LLC (International Ag). The transaction, which is subject to a number of closing conditions including final approvals by certain International Ag members and regulatory authorities, is expected to close by April 3, 2017.

Headquartered in West Des Moines, Iowa, International Ag manages multi-peril crop, crop hail and named peril crop insurance. In 2016, the company managed gross premiums of $67.4 million, as reported by National Crop Insurance Services (NCIS).

“ProAg believes International Ag provides a complementary platform to add business from a strong group of independent agents, while improving our profitability and enhancing our diversified portfolio. This acquisition shows TMHCC’s continued commitment to the U.S. crop insurance space. We are pleased to welcome International Ag’s management team, employees and independent agents to ProAg,” said Michael Connealy, ProAg’s President and Chief Executive Officer.

“International Ag is excited about the opportunity to join the financially strong and geographically diverse agricultural risk management program of ProAg. Under the guidance and support of ProAg, we will be able to expand our product offerings and elevate the superior service our customers have come to expect,” said Rob Boysen, International Ag’s Chief Executive Officer.
“Together with International Ag, we will work through the details to provide a seamless transition for policyholders, agents and employees over the coming months,” said Kendall Jones, ProAg’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.

Ag Group, crop insurance

2017 ACE DC Fly-in

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Over 70 ethanol supporters attended the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) annual Washington, DC fly-in March 22-23 during National Ag Week.

This is the 9th annual fly-in for the organization and coming during the first 100 days of the Trump presidency gives ethanol advocates a timely opportunity to discuss maintaining the Renewable Fuel Standard and expanding market opportunities for higher ethanol blends.

This virtual newsroom includes links to photos, audio and video from the conference. All content posted here is available free of charge for digital or print publication or broadcast. Credit can be given to AgNewsWire.

ACE DC 2017 Fly-in Photo Album

ACE #Ethanol Supporters in DC
Interview with Brian Jennings, ACE

Ethanol Supporters on the Hill
Interviews with ACE DC Fly-in participants

Branstad Affirms Trump Support for #Ethanol
Interview with Eric Branstad, presidential advisor

ACE, audio, Ethanol

2017 National Ag Day

Cindy Zimmerman

The celebration of National Ag Day was held March 21, 2017 in Washington DC.

National Ag Day is organized annually by the Agriculture Council of America (ACA) which was was started in 1973 with the goal to increase public awareness of agriculture’s vital role in our society. This year’s Ag Day celebration included a SMART farming panel with U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA), awards, a Capitol Hill reception, and a proclamation from the president.

National Ag Day Photo Album

Presidential Ag Day Declaration
Remarks from Ray Starling, special assistant to President Trump

USFRA panel featuring Andrew Walmsley, American Farm Bureau; Beverly Flores, John Deere; Lauren Schwab, Ohio pig farmer; Chip Bowling, Maryland corn farmer –
USFRA SMART Farmer panel

Agri-Women Advocate Ag Day Every Day
Doris Mold, American Agri-Women

Spark: Women in Agribusiness Podcast Host Sara Steever
Sara Steever, Paulsen, Spark Podcast

Ethanol Celebrates National Ag Day
Interview with Shannon Gustafson, ACE

GROWMARK Proud to Support Ag Day
Interview with Amy Bradford, GROWMARK

More audio:
Ag Day essay winner, Bridger Gordon
Ag Day Eastin Award, Sue Tebow
American AgriWomen #AgDay365
Jessica Niederer, Outstanding Young Farmer

Ag Day, audio

Agri-Pulse Farm Bill Summit

Cindy Zimmerman

Agri-Pulse hosted a Farm Bill Summit in Washington DC on the day before National Ag Day as part of their on-going Farm Bill Series.

This post features photos and audio from the event on March 20 at the National Press Club.
Agri-Pulse Farm Bill Summit photos

Preview of Agri-Pulse Farm Bill Summit: Interview with Agri-Pulse president Sara Wyant  

Opening Remarks: Agri-Pulse president Sara Wyant  

Remarks from Zippy Duvall, President, American Farm Bureau Federation  

Remarks from Tom Zacharias, President, National Crop Insurance Services  
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audio, Farm Bill, government

Bayer Opens Arkansas and Illinois Research Stations

Cindy Zimmerman

Southern soybean growers will reap the benefits of an expanded breeding program from Bayer, which includes a $6-million Soybean Breeding and Trait Development Station surrounded by 180 acres of research and showcase plots in Marion, Arkansas.

Listen to or download complete announcement for Arkansas facility (link to program with names): Marion Soybean Breeding and Trait Development Station Press Conference

Soybeans on the Mississippi Delta – THE Place To Be
Interview with Chris Tinius, Bayer

View and download photos from the event: Bayer Soybean Research – Arkansas

Arkansas opening video:


On Thursday, Bayer wrapped up a week of grand openings by celebrating the expansion of the Soybean Breeding and Trait Development Center in Champaign County, Illinois. The new station will house research and development to identify, develop and test new varieties, using modern breeding methods, pushing the limits of yield potential for growers in the Midwest.

Listen or download to the complete remarks for Illinois station (link to program with names): Midwest Field Tech Station Soybean Breeding & Trait Development Presser Interview with American Soybean Association president Ron Moore of Illinois
Interview with Brent Philbrook, Bayer Agronomic Development Director
Interview with Marc Hoobler, Bayer Soybean Seed Product Manager

View and download photos from the event here: Bayer Soybean Research – Illinois


audio, Bayer, Research, soybeans, video

SMART Farmer Roberta Simpson-Dolbeare

Lizzy Schultz

Our latest episode of the SMART Farmer podcast features Illinois farmer and U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) board member, Roberta Simpson-Dolbeare.

Roberta spoke with Jamie during Commodity Classic , discussing her experience as a first generation farmer and how that unique experience has made farming smart a major priority for her and her husband. “We’ve had to buy our own (land) so it’s nice to think of passing that on to a next generation,” she said.

Listen to the podcast here: SMART Farmer Podcast with Roberta Simpson-Dolbeare

Subscribe to the SMART Farmer podcast

audio, Commodity Classic, SMART Farmer, USFRA

Major Announcements from Farmers Edge

Cindy Zimmerman

Farmers Edge made two major announcements at the 2017 Commodity Classic in San Antonio.

FarmCommand takes precision agriculture to decision agriculture, with it’s easy to use, all-in-one system eliminating the need for multiple passwords and unusable data. Corn Manager is a break-through product offering a three-in-one solution of zone-based nitrogen management, satellite imagery, and crop staging.

Farmers Edge Classic Photos

Farmers Edge Generates Major Buzz at #Classic17
Interview with Marina Barnes, Farmers Edge

Farmers Edge Goes Big at #Classic17Interview with Jay Kinnaird, Farmers Edge, and farmer Trevor Scherman


audio, Commodity Classic, Precision Agriculture

New Bayer Cotton Breeding Station

Cindy Zimmerman

Southwest cotton growers will benefit from a new $16.7 million Bayer breeding and research station near Lubbock, Texas that celebrated its grand opening on March 9. The facility will focus on developing drought-resistant cotton varieties and traits for limited-input situations.

Download high res ribbon cutting photo: Tom Speed, Bayer cottonseed and traits; Tim Timmis, Bayer project execution; Margaret Shields, US cotton breeding manager; Cory Mills, Bayer station manager; Steve Oswalt, Bayer station manager; Lee Rivenbark, head of seeds, Bayer North America; David Becker, global cotton breeding lead, Bayer; Dan Pope, mayor of Lubbock, Jason Wistehuff, Bayer Product manager; and Mike Gilbert, Bayer global breeding and trait development lead.

Links to other photos:
Outside of Lubbock Breeding and Trait Development Station
Margaret Shields, Bayer US Cotton Breeding Manager, speaking at grand opening of Lubbock station

Bayer Opens Texas Cotton Breeding StationInterview with Margaret Shields, Bayer Cotton Breeding Manager

audio, Bayer, Cotton

SMART Farmer Podcast With Chip Bowling

Lizzy Schultz

The latest SMART Farmer podcast episode features Maryland grain farmer Chip Bowling, vice chairman of the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance.

Bowling was recently in Panama with the U.S. Grains Council. In this episode, he talks about his family farm, which is located almost in the shadow of the DC beltway, and how he uses the latest innovation and technology to be more sustainable so his operation will stay in his family.

Listen to the podcast here:
Smart Farmer Podcast with Chip Bowling

SMART Farmer Podcast with Chip Bowling
audio, SMART Farmer, USFRA

2017 Mid-South Farm & Gin Show

Lizzy Schultz

Welcome to the virtual newsroom for the 2017 Mid-South Farm & Gin Show sponsored by FMC. This is the 65th anniversary of the event, which was held March 3 & 4 in Memphis, Tennessee.

Besides the equipment and company products on display throughout the event’s trade show, this year over 120 FFA students spent time volunteering at the event, packing 50,000 meals for the needy as part of the show’s Farm Show Feeds program.

This virtual newsroom includes links to photos, audio and video from the conference. All content posted here is available free of charge for digital or print publication or broadcast. Credit can be given to AgNewsWire.

20176 Mid-South Farm & Gin Show Photo Album

Farm & Gin Show is #MSFGS17 and 65
Interview with Tim Price, Farm & Gin Show Director

The AgLaunch Startup Station Debuts at #MSFGS17
ZimmCast with Pete Nelson, AgLaunch

FMC Supports #MSFG17 and Cotton Growers
Interview with Chris Reat, FMC

Market Outlook from #MSFG17
Interview with Richard Brock

Live with Smart Nitrogen at #MSFGS17
Interview with Kelly Dupont, ESN

Agrium Offers Smart Nitrogen for Smart Farmers
Interview with Mike Howell, Agrium

audio, Cotton, Farm Show