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Linneman Receives Crop Insurance Industry Leadership Award

NATIONAL CROP INSURANCE SERVICES
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 15, 2008

OVERLAND PARK, Kan — Curt Linneman, Vice President and Claims Manager for Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance Company of Iowa, was presented with the Crop Insurance Industry Leadership Award at the 2008 Crop Insurance Industry Annual Convention. This award is given to individuals who are directly involved in the Crop Insurance Industry and who consistently serve the Industry by providing outstanding leadership.

Mr. Linneman has devoted over 30 years to the crop insurance industry and to Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance Company of Iowa. Throughout his tenure he has not only willingly served in whatever capacity requested of him, but has also spearheaded critical industry research that went on to change standards, procedures, and materials used in the crop adjusting process.

Mr. Linneman is well-known for his enthusiastic attitude and for his commitment to doing things the right way. He routinely stresses the importance of both fairness and accuracy in all that is done for crop insurance agents and policyholders. He also has a natural ability to educate and lead others, and his enthusiasm for this business is infectious. Several people that have worked with Curt have decided to devote their own careers to the crop insurance industry as well.

Mr. Linneman served on the NCIS Iowa Regional/State Committee and was instrumental in the soybean node removal study and the soybean stand reduction trial. He has also served on the CIRB Education & Research Committee since 2004. Throughout his career, Mr. Linneman has actively participated in numerous studies with state universities conducting claims-related research on crops.

Criteria for the Crop Insurance Industry Leadership Award are: strong personal and business ethics; demonstrated service above and beyond to the Crop Insurance Industry; and, represents themselves, their company, and the Crop Insurance Industry well.

The entire crop insurance industry thanks Mr. Linneman for his hard work and dedication to the Industry and congratulates him on his success.

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National Crop Insurance Services (NCIS) is a nonprofit trade association representing all of the private insurance companies who sell and service Federal crop insurance policies.