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August 30, 2017
For Immediate Release

Sarah Hubbart
CIRB Announces Third Emerging Leaders Program Class 
ELP Program Builds Future Crop Insurance and Reinsurance Industry Leaders
Washington, D.C.Today, the Crop Insurance and Reinsurance Bureau (CIRB) announced that seven industry professionals will participate in the 2017-2018 Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) class. The program increases participants' knowledge of key policy issues and prepares them with the skills they need to be effective advocates for crop insurance.
"Now in its third year, there is no equivalent to CIRB's Emerging Leaders Program. It provides a unique opportunity to gain real-world advocacy experience and learn about the challenges and opportunities facing federal crop insurance," said Ron Rutledge, Crop Insurance and Reinsurance Bureau Chairman. "Our future leaders also build relationships with influencers across the industry and from other trade associations, federal agencies and Members of Congress."
The program incorporates monthly activities that provide hands-on learning experiences, advocacy training, and networking with CIRB leadership, peers and governmental leaders. Through webinars and in-person events, participants will gain insights into the political process and learn the importance of collaboration in Washington. They will also have the opportunity to interact with the CIRB Executive Committee, Capitol Hill, USDA's Risk Management Agency and with other allied organizations that will broaden their understanding of the agriculture industry.

The 2017-2018 CIRB Emerging Leaders Program class includes:

Shelia Backer, Farmers Mutual Hail
Joshua Bright, ARMtech
Brad Clow, COUNTRY Financial
Chad Groen, Farmers Mutual Hail
Heather Horne, Rural Community Insurance Services
Justin Newman, ADM/Crop Risk Services
Daniel Potts, Crop Risk Services

The class officially kicks off in September 2017 and concludes in April 2018 with the participants' graduation during CIRB's Washington, D.C. Fly-In. You can learn more about this year's class and follow along with updates from their work on the Emerging Leaders website.  Please contact  Kerry Lynch  with any questions about the program.
About CIRB:

Founded in 1964 and headquartered on Capitol Hill, the Crop Insurance and Reinsurance Bureau (CIRB) is proud to provide unparalleled advocacy, support, and membership services to the crop insurance and reinsurance community. Today, CIRB members provide a vital component of the farm safety net, writing policies in every state and providing billions of dollars in crop protection.  Learn more about us at www.cropinsurance.orgTo learn more about the crop insurance coalition's work, or to get involved, please contact CIRB staff.

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