FarmPolicy

October 25, 2014

New Video Highlights Role Adjusters Play in Drought Relief

A news release today from National Crop Insurance Services (NCIS) indicated that, “‘Some of the same people who had to deal with the floods last year along the Mississippi and Missouri rivers are now dealing with the opposite – extreme drought,’ says Calamus, Iowa, claims supervisor David Bousselot, in a new NCIS video released today (available below).

“The video highlights the critical role that many of the 5,000 claims adjusters play in helping farmers pick up the pieces after the worst drought in decades, with $3 billion already in the hands of farmers. ‘The adjuster is the connection with the producer,’ says Bousselot.

“Throughout most of the summer, more than 60 percent of the continental U.S. was locked in drought, which sent corn and soybean yields plummeting. ‘I think it was a combination of the lack of moisture and the heat we had in early July that just cooked the corn,’ says claims adjuster Tim Totherot of Wellington, Illinois.”

The NCIS release added that, “Robert Geddes, a farmer from Hoopeston, Illinois, explains that after he experienced his first drought as a farmer, he had a chat with a local adjuster and has been purchasing crop insurance ever since. ‘It’s in the nasty years like this that it really helps,’ he said. ‘If you miss a crop, things will go downhill for a farmer in a hurry,’ he added.”

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