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FCS hiring 50 crop insurance analysts

By Staff | Mar 3, 2012

OMAHA – Farm Credit Services of America announced in January its plans to hire an additional 50 employees for its crop insurance agency as it seeks to increase staffing for that segment of its business in 2012.

Forty-nine of the new employees will be working at the agricultural finance cooperative’s community retail offices in Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota, according to Michael Barrett, senior vice president.

One additional crop insurance analyst will work from the cooperative’s west Omaha headquarters.

In Iowa, FCSAmerica is hiring for 18 positions, Barrett said.

“The crop insurance business overall is undergoing substantial change because of current economic and political realities,” Barrett noted. “Many grain producers and the crop insurance agencies that serve them are finding that keeping up with product changes and complying with new regulations are becoming very complex tasks.

“FCSAmerica focuses solely on financial services for agriculture, and our only insurance offering is crop insurance. Because of that, we are able to maintain a high level of expertise and demand for our services is increasing.

“These staffing additions will allow us to meet producer needs for risk management advice.”

Barrett said the company seeks qualified applicants for two types of jobs, both of which require college degrees or equivalent experience, professional training and licensing.

Insurance specialists are responsible for customer relationships, analysis, recommendations and sales.

Insurance account specialists provide customer service and support.

“These are excellent jobs with high levels of responsibility and very good compensation packages that include a base salary, as well as an incentive program,” Barrett said.

The company hopes to fill 30 of the positions by March 31 and the remaining 20 by the end of September.

With more than $16 billion in assets, FCSAmerica is one of the region’s leading providers of credit and insurance services to farmers.

anchers, agribusiness and rural residents in Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming.

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