Jul 23 - 25, 2019 | Columbus, Ohio

Full Schedule

Tuesday, July 23
7:30 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.

Event Information Desk
Be sure to stop by the Event Information Desk to pick up your name badge and seminar materials. This is also the place to pop in for information, seminar questions, or help finding your sessions.

9:00 – 9:15 a.m.

NAMIC Update and Welcome Remarks

9:15 – 10:15 a.m.

Keynote Address: Problems are the Price for Progress
The ability to effectively manage change is often identified as a core success competency in a fast-changing business environment. When employees get stuck and appear resistant to embracing any new direction, it is rarely a simple issue of stubborn refusal. A far more likely reason for not moving forward is a lack of basic problem-solving skills. Any new vision or strategy will create a new set of problems that demand attention. Most of us are comfortable solving routine problems, but unfamiliar problems demand fresh thinking and a creative approach. During this session, we will explore the link between successfully adapting to the change cycle and developing creative problem-solving strategies.

Thomas Meier | Senior Human Resource Consultant
Equis Consulting 

10:15 – 10:35 a.m.

Munch and Mingle Networking Break

10:35 – 11:35 a.m.

Educational Sessions

  1. Electrical Hazards on the Farm – The Basics
    The distribution of electricity from the incoming utility line to farm buildings, structures, and equipment is a system that can often intimidate even the best loss control professional. But with a better understanding of common electrical equipment such as transformers, circuit breakers, fuse panels, and wiring systems, it will become easier to recognize the hazards and exposures they present. This session will help any insurance professional become more familiar with the basics of electrical hazards found on the farm and gain a better understanding of the exposures so they can be communicated to the policyholder.

    Dirk Smith | Vice President, Engineering Manager
    Mutual Boiler Re

  2. Farm Machinery
    Farms use a vast array of complex, hard-working, and very expensive machinery. In this informal and informative discussion, you’ll learn more about the challenges and opportunities of insuring today’s modern agricultural machines and their impact on insurance. We will examine the retail costs of many commonly used machines today, as well as the cost to repair those machines. When you include the additional impact of flooding that the country has been experiencing, and the resulting damage, the stakes are even higher. With this information, we will apply the insurance concepts of risk concentration, probability of loss, adverse selection, and insurance to value.

    Jim Polish, AIC, AFIS | Senior Mutual Services Representative
    Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance Company of Iowa

  3. Workers’ Compensation on the Farm
    Agriculture is one of the nation’s most hazardous occupations. Many states allow some form of agricultural workers’ compensation exemption that either eliminates or reduces ag workers’ compensation purchase requirements. However, in many jurisdictions the definition of an ag employee is becoming more restrictive, opening operations up to unexpected exposures. During this session, you will learn why workers’ compensation is needed in every ag operation, no matter the size. We will also compare employers’ liability insurance to workers’ compensation to understand coverage limitations on the typical endorsed ag policy.

    Jill R. Scott, AINS, AIC, API, AFIS, AU, CPCU | Ag Operations Director
    Farm Bureau Financial Services

11:35 a.m. – 12:35 p.m.

Buffet Lunch

12:35 – 1:35 p.m.

Educational Sessions

  1. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Confinements
    This session will cover many aspects of the confinement industry, including dairy, hog, and poultry. Photographs will be used to demonstrate the various types of building construction, equipment, and technology that are playing parts in today’s confinement industry. You won’t want to miss this session that offers practical takeaways.

    Dean Kerfeld, CHI | Manager, Loss Control
    RAM Mutual Insurance Company

  2. Use of Drones in the Agricultural Industry
    Small unmanned aircraft systems, commonly called “drones,” are being used in more industries every day. Agriculture is no exception. This technology has numerous applications in crop, livestock, and specialty operations. Drones can reduce employee exposure to risks, as well as the time needed for a wide array of tasks. Applications include anything from taking measurements, monitoring crop or livestock conditions, or evaluating the condition of buildings and equipment. The session will explain the types of activities drones can accomplish and review certification and legal requirements for safe operation in an agricultural setting.

    George Loeffelbein, ARM, CFPS | Risk Services Consultant

    Ben Peetz, CSP, CFPS, AFIS | Senior Risk Control Representative

  3. Underwriting Agritourism Risks
    More and more agricultural facilities are becoming involved in a variety of commercial “entertainment” operations. This session will illustrate examples of agritourism and agritainment and walk through the underwriting questions that should be answered when writing these unique risks.

    Bob Gass, ARM, AFIS, AINS, CHCM | Senior Vice President, Underwriting and Policy Compliance
    CFM Insurance, Inc.

1:35 – 1:55 p.m.

Munch and Mingle Networking Break

1:55 – 2:55 p.m.

Educational Sessions

  1. LP Gas: Safe Storage and Handling Practices
    This session is designed to provide attendees with the tools to identify unsafe conditions related to the storage and handling of LP gas on the farm. In addition, it will discuss how to describe the hazards to policyholders in layman’s terms as opposed to quoting standards and using technical jargon.

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

  2. All of the Above: Increasing Risk from Weather, Climate Change, and…Us
    With major hurricanes, wildfires, severe thunderstorms, drought, and a return of the polar vortex, 2017 and 2018 proved to be two of the most expensive years for weather disasters. Risks are continuing to increase nationwide as extreme weather volatility and climate change have a greater impact on property and business. However, are these higher disaster losses entirely attributed to what’s happening in the atmosphere and our oceans?

    This session will discuss how science and socioeconomics make for an increasingly complex combination and how that affects the growing natural disaster risk.

    Steve Bowen | Meteorologist and Head of Catastrophe Insight

  3. Smell It, Spill It, or Step In It – Farm Pollution
    Potential pollution hazards are everywhere on the farm, whether it is a confinement livestock operation dealing with manure or a row crop operation handling fuel, fertilizer, and crop-protection chemicals. During this session, we will look at many of the potential pollution hazards on the farm and their environmental impacts and liability implications. We will discuss some of the rules and regulations when dealing with potential farm pollution hazards as well as the enforcement of these laws. Finally, we will work to identify some loss control or mitigation practices that can help prevent or minimize any pollution event.

    John Nagle | Farm Training Specialist
    Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance Company

2:55 – 3:15 p.m.

Munch and Mingle Networking Break

3:15 – 4:15 p.m.

Educational Sessions

  1. Solid Fuel Installation Basics
    An improperly installed solid fuel burning appliance creates a large risk on an insured property. Join Eric Vanasdale as he discusses requirements for solid fuel installation based on manufacturer recommendations and the National Fire Protection Association’s NFPA 211 and NFPA 90B standards. This session will also explore the common violations and challenges and discuss how to correct these issues to keep from “getting burned” by this hazard.

    Eric Vanasdale, CPCU, ARM, ARe | Loss Control Supervisor
    COUNTRY Financial

  2. Case Study on Difficult Issues
    During this session, we will examine three case studies that address current issues facing professionals handling the loss control process and discuss each of them in small groups. This is an opportunity to learn about potential issues coming your way as well as hear about what your peers have experienced and share your own.

    Todd Richardson, CPCU, ARe, AFIS | Senior Treaty Underwriter
    Swiss Re America Corporation

  3. Evaluating Structural Integrity and Retrofits to Agricultural Buildings
    Agricultural buildings are unique risks for property insurers because they are often exempt from building codes when constructed, typically hard-use structures when in service, and generally receive insufficient maintenance and restoration. This session will introduce loss control professionals and insurance underwriters to the elementary concepts needed to evaluate the structural integrity of agricultural buildings.

    Ryan Michalek, PE, LEED AP, CRIS, UL CRP, ARM | Risk Management Property Engineer
    Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company

4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Cocktails and Connections
Gather with your peers for a light reception after a full day of education. This is a great chance to connect with other attendees before heading to dinner.

Wednesday, July 24
7:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Event Information Desk

7:00 – 8:00 a.m.

Breakfast Buffet

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.

Educational Sessions

  1. Red Wine, White Liquor, and Blue Ribbon Beer: Breweries and Wineries, Understanding the Exposures
    In the past, breweries were large and catered to the masses. Wineries were exclusive and catered to the finer things in life. Today, the landscape has changed dramatically with boutique wineries, craft breweries, and the latest trend: beer/hybrids. There’s a growing trend for these boutique-type operations to encompass a craft brewery, winery, and a micro distillery under one roof. But no matter what they’re called or how much product they produce, they are all manufacturing operations with critical hazards and exposures. This session will address them and provide insights for a productive site assessment.

    Bruce Tagg | Senior Engineering Exposure Analyst
    Mutual Boiler Re

  2. Principles of Liability

  3. Mechanical Irrigation
    This session will focus on common types of modern mechanical irrigation systems, including pivots, linear-move, corner systems, and movable big gun units. An overview of industry recognized preventive maintenance practices for asset longevity will take place. Also addressed is risk identification and conducting a basic risk assessment of mechanical irrigation systems, relative to system value.

    Dirk Monk | International Technical Sales Manager
    Reinke Manufacturing Company

9:00 – 9:20 a.m.

Munch and Mingle Networking Break

9:20 – 10:20 a.m.

Educational Sessions

  1. Thermal Imaging – A Loss Prevention Tool
    Infrared thermography is an effective exercise in identifying many potential problems in their early stages, often before other methods can detect them. The use of thermal imaging and the infrared thermography technology is rapidly gaining ground in the insurance inspections field. During this session, you will gain insight into the technology and how it is being used during everyday risk surveys. They will also learn about the suitable types of equipment and the training requirements. The primary use of IR on insurance-based inspections is focused on electrical and mechanical equipment. Practical application of this technology will be demonstrated during the farm learning lab.

    Ward Henderson, CFPS, CRM | Manager, Loss Control
    The Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company

    Lisa Mundt, CPCU, ARM, AIM | Risk Control Leader

  2. Basics of a Loss Control Inspection
    During this session, attendees will obtain a basic understanding of how to conduct a comprehensive on-site risk control inspection and how important it is to have effective communication prior to, during, and after a customer visit. In addition, this session will cover the various tools and resources that are available to help loss control professionals prepare for the inspection.

    Lisa Mundt, CPCU, ARM, AIM | Risk Control Leader

    Ron Behrens, ALCM, ARe, CEA | Director, Loss Control Services
    Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection & Insurance Company

  3. Loss Control on Marijuana Operations

10:20 – 10:40 a.m.

Munch and Mingle Networking Break

10:40 – 11:40 a.m.

Educational Sessions

  1. Safety at the Bin: Understanding Hazards at Stored Grain Facilities
    On-farm grain storage continues to increase each year, increasing the opportunities for agricultural workers to face critical safety and health hazards common in confined spaces. Recent Local Emphasis Programs led by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration have impacted commercial grain facilities with programmed inspections and high-profile citations. Information will be provided for risk managers that can be translated into better management practices for all farm operations, regardless of exemption status under the occupational legislation. This session will provide a basic overview of grain handling procedures, and address safety and health hazards both inside and outside of the bin. Even small farms can adopt abatement strategies utilizing a 3E Model approach for solutions.

    Dee Jepsen | Associate Professor
    The Ohio State University

  2. Identifying Underwriting Issues of Modern Farm Entities
    Today’s farms aren’t just held by mom and pop anymore. There are many legal ramifications to consider as farms continue to grow and owners set up new farm corporations, LLCs, and partnerships Join us for this session on how to address issues linked to corporate and interfamily ownership.

    Michele Hoyne, JD, CPCU | Casualty Claim Consultant
    Farm Bureau Property & Casualty Insurance Company

  3. Advanced Electrical

    John Weber | Principal Electrical Engineer
    Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection & Insurance Company

11:40 a.m.

Buffet Lunch – Farm Learning Lab Preview
During lunch, you will be given a quick overview of the Farm Learning Lab site – The Ohio State University’s Waterman Farm – and be introduced to your group leader. You will also receive supplies you’ll need for the learning lab.

12:30 p.m.

Buses Depart

12:45 – 4:00 p.m.

Farm Learning Lab: The Ohio State University – Waterman Farm
The highlight of the Agricultural Risk Inspection School is the opportunity to take the knowledge learned during the educational sessions and apply it at a local agricultural operation. During the Farm Learning Lab, you will conduct a mock inspection in a small group setting. This hands-on experiential learning opportunity provides a unique experience and sets this school apart from other industry events.

You will tour various stations to see potential farm hazards and the latest industry advances up close. Highlights include a drone demonstration and industry-expert-led mock inspections of the operation.

4:30 p.m.

Return to the Hotel

5:30 – 9:00 p.m.

Optional Activity: BrewDog USA
Beer? Tacos? Networking? Check, check, and check! Join us at BrewDog Columbus, the epicenter of all things BrewDog in the United States, for an evening of casual networking with your peers while you dive into a beer tasting, tour the brewery, and check out all the unique activities available to brewery visitors such as the BrewDog Beer Museum and BrewDog Hotel. The cost of $72 per person includes transportation, beer tasting, private tours, and dinner. Get ready for a fun evening at the hoppiest place on earth! Don’t miss this chance to get to know fellow attendees and discuss the day’s events. Make sure to sign up for this while registering or add it to your existing registration.

Thursday, July 25
7:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Event Information Desk

7:00 – 8:00 a.m.

Breakfast Buffet

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.

Peer-to-Peer Learning | Roundtable Discussions
The best teachers are often those who are walking in your shoes. Roundtable discussions give you opportunities to join other loss control professionals to discuss successes and challenges, share knowledge, trade tips, and offer advice. The session will include interactive, engaging discussions focused on industry changes and emerging issues that allow you to talk about what you and your peers are facing and what you can learn from each other’s successes and challenges.

9:00 – 9:15 a.m.

Munch and Mingle Networking Break

9:15 – 10:45 a.m.

Live Line Electrical Demonstration – Corn Belt Energy
Join Corn Belt Energy for this live line demonstration. You’ll learn about electrical safety procedures, possible hazards, and ways to mitigate risks when dealing with electricity. This unique, interactive, and exciting presentation is a sure way to spark your interest in electrical safety.

Steve Hancock | Vice President, Electric Distribution
Corn Belt Energy Corporation

10:45 – 11:00 a.m.

Munch and Mingle Networking Break

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Closing Session: Test Your Knowledge/Farm Learning Lab Recap
Close out the school with this valuable interactive session that will gauge what you’ve learned throughout the event. We’ll provide a review of the previous day’s mock inspection on the farm and test your understanding of core loss control issues.

12:00 p.m.

Meeting Adjourns


Julie Bacher
Customer Service Coordinator



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Grinnel Re Guy Carpenter MunichRE & Hartford Steam Boiler Swiss Re
Mutual Boiler Re.
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