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U.S. Wheat Shifts Strategy in Middle East, Closes Cairo Office
This week the U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) announced it will close its office in Cairo, Egypt on December 1.

POSTED OCTOBER 18, 2017 4:03 PM
Checklist for Buying Wheat Seed
Variety selection can play a huge role in yield and premiums

POSTED OCTOBER 18, 2017 2:20 PM
Minnesota Corn, Soybeans Struggle the Most
Monday's Crop Progress shows 30 point delays in both corn and soybean harvest in Minnesota.

POSTED OCTOBER 16, 2017 8:47 PM
Do You Have The Right Tools In Your Marketing Tool Box?

POSTED OCTOBER 16, 2017 2:33 PM
Smarter? No So Fast!
In last week’s column, I talked about being too soon oldt and too late schmardt. I offered the hope that we would be smarter about where prices should go after the USDA reports came out on Thursday. We now have more data, but are we smarter? As an example, USDA surprised the trade by hiking US avera [...]

POSTED OCTOBER 13, 2017 9:28 PM
Complete Coverage of Oct. 12 USDA Reports
See all of the report data, coverage and analysis of USDA's Oct. 10 World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) and Crop Production reports.

POSTED OCTOBER 12, 2017 5:53 PM
Crop Production: Corn Up Slightly from Sept., Soybeans and Cotton Down
USDA Crop Production report says: Corn Production Up 1 Percent from September Forecast,  Soybean Production Down Slightly,  Cotton Production Down 3 Percent, and  Orange Production Down 16 Percent from Last Season. Read the full report.

POSTED OCTOBER 12, 2017 4:19 PM
USDA Projects Soybean Supply Dip, Corn Flat

POSTED OCTOBER 12, 2017 4:06 PM
Margin Call Finally Explained.....And Its A Good Thing

POSTED OCTOBER 09, 2017 2:21 PM
Too Soon Oldt and Too Late Schmardt
Someone in my extended family used to have a black trivet with the inscription “We get too soon oldt, and too late schmardt”. This was supposed to be wisdom from Amish country. Whether authentic or not, the sentiment rings true in the commodity futures markets. Futures contracts have a fixed life be [...]

POSTED OCTOBER 06, 2017 9:17 PM

News – Insurance Journal

Pennsylvania Fire Company Closes Following Sexual Abuse Lawsuit
Authorities say a Pennsylvania volunteer fire company that was sued over sexual abuse by a firefighter and its alleged cover-up by fire officials has closed its fire station. Lancaster Emergency Management Agency director Randy Gockley tells LNP the West Willow …

POSTED OCTOBER 20, 2017 1:28 PM
Massachusetts’ Morrison Mahoney Elects Six New Partners
Morrison Mahoney LLP, a Boston, Mass.-headquartered law firm, has announced the election of six new partners. The partners represent a range of practice areas including appeals, insurance coverage, construction litigation, professional liability defense, medical malpractice, fraud, transportation and employment law …

POSTED OCTOBER 20, 2017 1:24 PM
How Middle Managers Coerce Employees into Deceiving Upper Management
Several recent corporate and governmental scandals — Wells Fargo and the Veterans Administration to name two — unfortunately have revolved around middle managers and employees who have attempted to meet lofty performance goals that superiors impose by engaging in deceptive …

POSTED OCTOBER 20, 2017 1:16 PM
EPIC Adds New Brokerage Team in Pittsburgh
EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants, a retail property and casualty insurance brokerage and employee benefits consultant, has opened operations in Pittsburgh, Penn., with the hiring of Sean Andreas, Al Dragotto, Kurt Karstens, Pete Kostorick, Sally Krauss, Zach Mendelson, Phil Wakim, …

POSTED OCTOBER 20, 2017 1:11 PM
Pennsylvania’s Kueny Insurance Merges with KMRD Partners
Kueny Insurance, a Warrington, Penn.-based insurance company, has merged with KMRD Partners, a boutique risk management and human capital solutions firm also based in Warrington. The merger brings three new team members to KMRD with experience in small to mid-size …

POSTED OCTOBER 20, 2017 1:06 PM
Insurance Agency M&A Continues at Fast Pace: OPTIS Partners
The number of insurance agency mergers and acquisitions over the first nine months of the year rose from 350 in 2016 to 457 this year, OPTIS Partners’ new quarterly report reveals. There were 132 deals announced during the third quarter, …

POSTED OCTOBER 20, 2017 12:44 PM
RSA Canada Taps Cohen from Aviva Canada as SVP, Chief Underwriting Officer
Toronto-based RSA Canada has appointed Steve Cohen to the newly created role of senior vice president and chief underwriting officer. The SVP and chief underwriting officer role was created to build upon the progress the company has made “in advancing …

POSTED OCTOBER 20, 2017 7:44 AM
Neon Launches Marine Joint Venture in Italy
Neon announced the launch of an underwriting operation in Italy with Cambiaso Risso, a leading Italian marine broker who will have a minority shareholding in the venture. Based in Genoa, Neon Italy will initially target hull and cargo business placed …

POSTED OCTOBER 20, 2017 7:18 AM
Swiss Re Estimates $3.6B in Claims from U.S. Hurricanes & Mexican Quakes
Swiss Re, the world’s second-largest reinsurer, estimated its claims burden from hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria in the United States and from two earthquakes in Mexico at roughly $3.6 billion in the third quarter. For the industry overall, Zurich-based Swiss …

POSTED OCTOBER 20, 2017 6:37 AM
Extreme Rainfall Could Cost South Asian Cities Up to $215B Annually by 2030
As global attention focused on hurricanes Harvey and Irma, more than 41 million people across South Asia battled floods and displacement. From Afghanistan in the west to Bangladesh in the east, floods could cost South Asia — home to a …

POSTED OCTOBER 20, 2017 6:24 AM

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