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Crop Insurance for Small Farms: A Crash Course

Crop insurance basics and an introduction to Whole Farm Revenue Protection


Crop insurance is a critical part of a comprehensive risk management strategy. Matching operations with crop insurance options is important. In addition, identifying and matching a farm's overall business goals to other insurance tools is an important step in the growth and sustainability of the operation. 

Learn about crop insurance options, what it means to be in an insurance contract, how to think about the best options for your farm, or the farms that you advise and work with.





Presenter Bios

Janie Hipp

Janie HippSince 2013, Professor Janie Hipp has served as the Director of the Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative and with the companion title of visiting professor of law.

Prior to joining the School of Law, she was the senior adviser for tribal relations to Thomas Vilsack, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. She is the founder of the USDA’s Office of Tribal Relations in the Office of the Secretary and served two terms on the USDA Secretary’s Advisory Committee for Beginning Farmers and Ranchers. She is an LL.M. graduate of the University of Arkansas Law School’s Agricultural and Food Law program. She holds a J.D. from Oklahoma City University and a B.A. in Social Work from the University of Oklahoma.


Dean Benson

Dean BensonDean was the recipient of the 2015 National Crop Insurance Services Outstanding Service Award in recognition for outreach to, and work with small, limited resource, and socially disadvantaged farmers.

Dean has been in crop insurance for 23 years and was an Agency owner from 1999 to 2008 servicing policies in Washington and Oregon.   He sold his agency in 2008 to Northwest Farm Credit Services where he currently serves as the Senior Vice President of Crop Insurance Services working with 45 branch offices throughout Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana promoting crop insurance risk management programs. Dean does not consider crop insurance agents as salesmen, but rather risk management consultants, tailoring the tools available to growers to best fit each individual situation.


Gordon Killian

Gordon KillianGordon Killian started in the crop insurance business in 1998 as an agent and eventually a part owner of the Sloan-Leavitt Agency in Othello, WA.  In 2005 Northwest Farm Credit Services purchased the crop insurance portfolio and at that time he joined the Northwest Farm Credit Services team.  Gordon has worked as an agent, VP- Insurance Services, Regional Vice President and now VP – Insurance Administration.  Currently his areas of responsibility are corporate insurance reporting, budgeting and insurance training.  Gordon lives in Ritzville, Washington with his wife of 32 years and the youngest 2 of his 9 children.

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