March 2022Upcoming EventsEvery Saturday morning “Insights into Insurance” radio show KATE 1450AM 8:45amApril 11- MPCI Earliest Planting Date - CornApril 15- Good Friday (Office Closed)April 17 - Happy EasterApril 21- MPCI Earliest Planting Date – SoybeansApril 27- Administrative Professionals DayMay 8 - Happy Mother’s DayMay 30- Memorial Day (Office Closed)June 14- Flag DayJune 19- Happy Father’s DayJune 21- First Day of Summer Farm Insurance Highlights Friendship Keepers- Why Are Contracts Important to Your Operation and Friendships Read More Crop Insurance Don’t Be This Guy! MINNESOTA FARMER TO BE SENTENCED IN INSURANCE FRAUD CASEMinnesota farmer Kevan Nelson is scheduled to be sentenced in his insurance fraud case against Federal Crop Insurance Corp according to court documents filed in the U.S. District court for the District of Minnesota. As part of his plea arrangement Nelson is ordered to pay restitution to FCIC on a charge that could carry up-to 30 years in prison and a 1 Million dollar fine. Under Nelsons plea arrangement he could face 21-27 months in prison and a $10,000-$95,000 dollar fine. In addition, Nelson has agreed to forfeit eligibility of any new federal program administered, authorized or funded by USDA. This Lake Park corn and soybean farmer was charged in September 2021 for allegedly reporting false information to the FCIC in 2018. Nelson agreed to pay $548,695 in restitution to FCIC and any other victims of his offense as determined by the court according to his plea agreement. According to the Environmental Working Groups farm subsidy database, Nelson’s farm received 1.97 million in subsidies from USDA from 1995-2020. Nelson could also be asked to forfeit any property derived from the proceeds as a result of the violation. Read More Grain Marketing Why the time to secure crop pricing is now Producers should lock in crop prices now with the USDA's March World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report reflecting geopolitical and weather-related events that are driving prices up, writes Bill Biedermann, hedging strategist with AgMarket.Net. Resolution of the Ukrainian conflict will likely drive crop markets down quickly, writes Biedermann. Read More Ag Technology USDA develop system predict crop yieldsNASA Harvest and the USDA's Agricultural Research Service teamed to create GEO-CropSim, a system that uses data and satellite images to gauge water use and crop yields. The system alerts farmers to the possibility of low yields in advance, giving them the chance to change strategies. Read More Insights Into Insurance “Seconds to Tragedy” is not just a catchy phrase. That’s how long it takes to be fatally engulfed in grain. These realities are depicted in a new video by the Grain Handling Safety Coalition (GHSC), “Seconds to Tragedy: Grain Safety for Young Workers.” To Find Out More Would you like to receive our ShareCropper Newsletter?