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Jared Kadolph, Iowa Crop Claims Specialist, Shares Insight on 2014-15 Claim Season

Meet Jared Kadolph, Iowa Claims Specialist at Farmers Mutual Hail. Jared is from Hubbard, IA where he raises cattle with his dad. He is a huge Cyclone Fan!  Graduating from Iowa State University last May, he majored in Animal Science and minored in Athletic Coaching.  When Jared isn’t in the field or measuring bins, you can find him running Spartan Races. He is planning to compete in three races this year.  In September, he is planning to marry Lisa Egenberger, from Omaha, NE. Pictured below.


I asked Jared to share his insight on the 2015 claims season with us.

What does the Claim Season mean to you? 

Since I started in June 2014 it has been claims season and working to help the farmers who purchase insurance from FMH. Customer service is the most important part of the job. Doing everything possible to help the farmer is key.

What is the most common question you get asked by farmers?

There are two questions farmers often ask:

#1 How do the crops look in other areas? This question is asked mainly during hail season.

#2 What is my estimated payment? This question is asked mainly during MPCI season.

What advice do you have for farmers as they prepare for you to adjust their claim? 

I would advise farmers to have all paperwork ready.  Any production that went to town should be accounted for by a summary or settlement sheet.  RMA prefers summary or settlement sheets over scale tickets.  If possible, know which bushels came from which field, not just an estimate.  If bushels are commingled, it is not a problem. But the process will be smooth and quick if the farmer has a load log. We can use these to prorate the bushels.  A yield monitor will work for a load log, but we prefer to get a print out from the monitor.

 What do you like most about working for FMH? 

In the short time I have worked for FMH, I have noticed one thing that is true for every adjuster.  Every adjuster has the farmer’s best interest in mind.  Very few times has an adjuster left the farm of an unhappy or confused farmer.