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NAMIC Agricultural Risk Inspection School, July 14-16, 2015, West Des Moines, Iowa.

Event Contact

Amanda Byrd

Amanda Byrd
Meeting Planner

General Information

The Agricultural Risk Inspection School is a popular and intensive two-and-a-half day program for loss control specialists, underwriters, managers and supervisors. Both fundamental and advanced topics are offered to meet the varying educational needs of those working in loss control today. The highlight of the school is the farm learning lab where attendees go through a hands-on inspection of an area farm.

Farm Learning Lab

The Farm Learning Lab is always a popular feature of the school and this year is sure to bring enhanced learning opportunities for attendees. Attendees will visit the Des Moines Area Community College’s working farm. Learn more about this year’s farm here.

All participants of the Farm Learning Lab are required to ride NAMIC-provided transportation and complete the hold harmless and indemnification form prior to departure. A copy of the form can be found here if you and/or your legal department wish to review in advance. Please contact Amanda Byrd if you have any questions.

“The farm learning lab was by far the differentiating factor in this conference, providing a hands on experience that may be difficult to experience elsewhere. There is something to be said for looking at risks in person versus on a computer screen. This is a very valuable part of the program particularly for those who work 'in house'.”

–Stephanie Balbach, Farm Underwriter, State Auto Insurance Companies

This event is Designed for:

Loss Control Specialists

Company Managers

Committee Members

Cory Weller, ALCM, CPCU
Farm Ranch Underwriting Team Manager
State Farm Insurance

Vice Chairman
Dirk Smith
Vice President, Engineering Manager
Mutual Boiler Re

Immediate Past Chairman
Dean Kerfeld, CHI
RAM Mutual Insurance Company

Ron Behrens, ALCM, ARe, CEA
Director of Risk Management Services
Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection & Insurance Company

Becky Deters, PFMM
Office Manager/Secretary/Treasurer
Home Farmers Mutual Fire Insurance Company

Larry Gallagher, ALCM
Corporate Loss Control Director
Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company

Ward Henderson, CRM, WETT
National Loss Control Manager, Special Lines
Co-operators General Insurance Company

Lisa Mundt, CPCU, ARM, AIM
Risk Control Leader
Westfield Group

Todd Richardson, CPCU, ARe, AFIS
Senior Market Underwriter
Swiss Re America

Bobbie Stokke, CPCU, ARe, AIC
Manager of Loss Control Support
Wisconsin Reinsurance Corporation

Cindy Thompson
Risk Manager
Humboldt Mutual Insurance Association

Terry Tucker, CPCU, AU, ARM
Underwriting Supervisor
Shelter Insurance Companies

Eric Vanasdale, ARM, CPCU, ARe
Senior Loss Control Representative
COUNTRY Financial

FMC Board Liaison
Rusty Frisinger, PFMM
General Manager
Washington County Farmers Mutual Fire Insurance Company

Staff Liaison
Amanda Byrd
Meeting Planner

Registration Fees

Registrations recieved on or before Friday, May 15, 2015 are applicable to receive the early bird discount.


On or before
May 15

May 15







Non Member



*To qualify for the PFMM Designates registration rate, you must have earned the Professional Farm Mutual Manager (PFMM) designation and be current in the program. This discount only applies to individuals with the PFMM designation and is not transferable to others within your company.

First Time Attendees

We want to know if this is your first time to participate in the NAMIC Agricultural Risk Inspection School. We would like to get to know you and provide you with some insights to maximize your experience. Don’t be shy, please indicate on your registration form if you are a first-time attendee. We are excited to meet you!


In accordance with Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act, we invite all registrants to advise us of any disability and any requests for accommodation to that disability. Please submit your request as far as possible in advance of the program.

Registration Cancellations

All registration cancellations and transfers MUST be made in writing. Cancellations received on or before June 15, 2015 are 100 percent refundable. After June 15, 2015, a $25 processing fee will be deducted. Refunds will be issued within 15 business days after receipt of the cancellation notice. No refunds are available after June 22, 2015, so please plan accordingly. Please note: Optional Dinners/Activities follow the NAMIC Cancellation Policy. You may substitute a participant at no additional charge. Please forward all requests to or fax (317) 876-6213. Cancelling a seminar registration with NAMIC does not cancel a hotel reservation.

Registration Confirmation

You will receive a detailed e-mail confirmation upon successful completion of the registration process for this event; please make sure to enter a valid e-mail address on the registration form. If you have any questions regarding your registration, please e-mail or call (800) 336-2642.


If you have any questions regarding your registration, e-mail or call (800) 336-2642. If you have any questions regarding the seminar, e-mail or call (800) 336-2642 ext. 1082.

What to Wear

The suggested attire for this meeting is business casual for the classroom and networking sessions. Please be aware it is often chilly in meeting rooms, even in the summer, as it is difficult to regulate temperatures in large ballrooms. We recommend you wear layers in the classroom for optimal comfort. For the farm learning lab, please wear something cool and comfortable, along with closed toe shoes, as we will be at the farm for several hours. Plastic shoe coverings will be available should you want them.


The agenda will be available soon.

“The NAMIC Ag Risk School is outstanding. It is a pleasure to attend the event. The topics are well chosen and allow for a nice mix of current trends and basic knowledge.”

–Joanna Keplar, Farm Underwriter, Wayne Insurance Group

Session Proposals

Interested in speaking at this seminar? Submit your session proposal to Amanda Byrd.

Where to Stay

West Des Moines Marriott

West Des Moines Marriott
1250 Jordan Creek Parkway
West Des Moines, IA 50266
Ph: (515) 267-1500

Hotel Overview

The finest of West Des Moines hotels, the newly renovated West Des Moines Marriott is ideally located just eight miles to downtown and one mile to Jordan Creek Town Center. The airport is a short 15 minutes away and is accessible by the hotel’s complimentary airport shuttle. Modern amenities and the on-site restaurant and lounge make this hotel make this a perfect destination in West Des Moines whether for business or pleasure.

Event Hotel Rate And Cut Off Date

Rate: Each room is $129 plus taxes per night for single/double occupancy.

Agricultural Risk Inspection School attendees are responsible for making their own travel and hotel arrangements. NAMIC has contracted a room block for attendees at the West Des Moines Marriott. A set number of rooms are available at the group rate until June 22, 2015 or until the group block is sold out, whichever comes first. While NAMIC works hard to secure a sufficient number of rooms, we cannot guarantee rooms will be available. Please plan ahead and secure your reservation as soon as possible to receive the group rate.

Hotel Reservations

To make your reservation, contact Marriott reservations at (866) 202-9771. Refer to the NAMIC rate when making your reservation.

Please contact Julie Motyka if you encounter any problems with making hotel reservations.

Travel Information

Getting to the West Des Moines Marriott

If you are traveling by car, please use your preferred mapping website for the most accurate and up-to-date driving directions.

Airport Information

The Des Moines International Airport is located approximately 12 miles from the West Des Moines Marriott. Airlines serving Des Moines International Airport include:

  • Allegiant
  • American Airlines
  • Delta
  • Frontier
  • Southwest
  • United
  • US Airways

Complimentary Shuttle

The West Des Moines Marriott provides a complimentary shuttle service to the airport 7:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. daily. Please call (515) 267-1500 to make your shuttle reservations.

Transportation Services

Estimated taxi service is $35 one way.

Several rental car agencies are available at Des Moines International Airport. To find a listing of agencies click here.


The West Des Moines Marriott offers complimentary on-site parking.

Area Attractions

Free festivals, miles of trails, wineries, breweries, and outdoor concerts. Des Moines is busy. It's happening. It's fresh. Catch the vibe of a city awakened. A city full of personality. Check out for information on all of the things going on in Des Moines.


  • Iowa Cubs Baseball at Principal Park
    Principal Park continues to rate as one of the top minor league facilities in the country. The stadium, which was built prior to the start of the 1992 season, has seen over seven million fans pass through its gates. The ballpark was renamed Principal Park during the 2004 season and sits at the confluence of the Des Moines and Raccoon Rivers. It is home to the Iowa Cubs baseball team, the AAA affiliate of the Chicago Cubs.
  • Living History Farms
    Living History Farms in Urbandale, Iowa, is an interactive, 500-acre outdoor museum that tells the amazing story of how Iowans transformed the fertile prairies of the Midwest over 300 years into the most productive farmland in the world.
  • Adventureland
    Adventureland Amusement Park contains over 100 rides, shows, and attractions including some of the country's most exciting roller coasters and thrill rides that can challenge the most avid amusement park enthusiasts. There are also plenty of rides for less adventurous guests including great water rides as well as a full compliment of children's rides spread throughout the park. But the entertainment doesn't stop with rides - Adventureland presents a full array of shows in the park - from live music to magic to song and dance - there's always something to suit everyone's taste. Simply the most fun you will have all year!


  • Science Center of Iowa
    Experience the Science-Surrounds-Us-All Actuality at this 110,000 square-foot creative lifelong learning center in the heart of Downtown Des Moines. By placing the power of learning in the hands of the visitor with interactive experiences for all ages, the emphasis at SCI is less on what to learn and more on how to learn.
  • Des Moines Botanical Garden
    The Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden offers something of interest to everyone. Whether you are a plant and garden enthusiast or simply enjoy being in a beautiful place, every season brings different displays that are both multigenerational and multicultural in their appeal.
  • Des Moines Art Center
    This internationally acclaimed museum houses impressive works by artists of the 19th and 20th centuries, including Edward Hopper, Georgia O'Keefe and Henri Matisse. The center, which also offers art classes, consists of three buildings, each designed by a celebrated architect: Eliel Saarinen, I.M. Pei and Richard Meier.


  • Court District
    Anchored at the west end by the stalwart Polk County Court House, the Court District extends east to the river bridge. Period street lamps, planters and park benches dot the sidewalks, making it an attractive and pedestrian-friendly setting. The sounds of Jazz, Hip-hop and Indie rock music spill onto the streets, as do tantalizing scents from the diverse selection of restaurants throughout the District. An assortment of residential lofts and apartments perched above and throughout the Court District encompass the live, work and play feel of the thriving Des Moines downtown scene.
  • East Village
    The East Village is Des Moines’ most vibrant and diverse district, boasting many of the finest shopping, dining, nightlife and commerce in Iowa.


  • Jordan Creek Town Center
    West Des Moines' Jordan Creek Town Center is the largest mall in Iowa, featuring Dillards, Younkers and Scheel's All-Sports. Jordan Creek is home to many national chains, including Pottery Barn, J.Crew, Brooks Brothers, Coach and many more. Check out the Lake District for great food options, including the Cheesecake Factory, PF Changs, and Fleming's.
  • Brass Armadillo Antique Mall
    With more than 450 antique and collectible dealers under one roof, we have something for everyone. You can furnish every room in the house, or simply add to your collection when you shop at the Brass Armadillo Antique Mall in Des Moines. Fine antique furniture, vintage quilts, primitive art, exquisite china, and even porcelain and depression or carnival glassware can all be found in our 36,000 square feet showroom. For a truly recreational shopping experience that feels like a treasure hunt, come to the Brass Armadillo.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Interested in reaching influential loss control professionals? Consider partnering with NAMIC through our educational events. Your partnership helps keep registration fees to a minimum for member companies and make our industry stronger. Several options are available for your consideration and we are happy to create something unique to meet your needs.

For more information on sponsoring at the Agricultural Risk Inspection School, contact Aaron Lifford at (800) 336-2642 ext. 1055.


Frequently Asked Questions

“The overall information on loss control was spectacular.”

–Jennifer Sciranko, Production Underwriter, Everett Cash Mutual Insurance Company

What is the suggested attire for meetings and the farm learning lab?
Business casual is suggested for all meetings and networking events. For the farm learning lab, you are encouraged to wear cool and comfortable clothes that you would not mind getting dirty along with closed toe shoes. Plastic shoe coverings will be provided.

Do I have to participate in the Farm Learning Lab?
No, it is not required that you participate but it is highly encouraged as the farm learning lab provides an additional unique learning opportunity. Participation in this off-site activity is included in your event registration. Participating in the farm learning lab requires you to ride NAMIC provided transportation as well as sign the hold harmless and indemnification form. A copy of the form can be found here.

What is the suggested attire for meetings and the farm learning lab?
Business casual is suggested for all meetings and networking events. For the farm learning lab, you are encouraged to wear cool and comfortable clothes that you would not mind getting dirty along with closed toe shoes. Plastic shoe coverings will be provided.

What registration payment options are available?
The online registration system accepts credit card payments, check payments and multiple registrations under the same payment method.

When and how is registration confirmation sent?
Confirmation is sent via email so please enter a valid email address. If registering more than one person at a time you will need to forward the confirmation email to each delegate. You will receive your confirmation the quickest if you are paying online. Confirmation will be sent immediately after you submit your credit card information.

Does my registration include a hotel reservation?
No, you will need to contact the West Des Moines Marriott to make a room reservation. NAMIC has contracted a room block for attendees at the West Des Moines Marriott. A set number of rooms are available at the group rate until June 22, 2015 or until the group block is sold out, whichever comes first. While NAMIC studies past attendance trends and the needs of our members, we cannot guarantee rooms will be available. Please plan ahead and secure your reservation as soon as possible to receive the group rate. To make your reservation, contact Marriott reservations at (866) 202-9771. Refer to the NAMIC rate when making your reservation.

What is the weather like this time of the year in Des Moines?
In July, the average daytime high is 86 F with average evening lows of 67 F.

Posted: Thursday, April 01, 2010 2:19:21 PM. Modified: Tuesday, January 06, 2015 1:29:35 PM.

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