Crop adjusters inspect fields where an insurance claim has been made. This may be a result of weather, insect, disease or other problem.
What responsibilities will I have?
- Complete field inspections after loss is reported - use reading maps and aerial photos
- Measure fields, storage bins and discuss findings of crop loss with farmers
- Follow appropriate regulatory and company rules, regulations and procedures
- Perform fact finding regarding crop damage, records information and transmit loss information to accurately determine potential indemnities.
- Provide excellent service to customers – both agents and policyholders (farmers)
- Utilize company software to electronically transmit claims information directly from the field to corporate office to ensure claims are processed timely and accurately
- Ability to convey regulations and interpretations to claimants, agents, and industry people on claim situations
- Articulate company position on industry topics such as new specialty crops that need to be developed
- Effectively and efficiently manage claim workload
- Maintain knowledge of USDA’s Risk Management Agency rules and regulations as well as company procedures for applying all Multiple Peril Crop Insurance (MPCI), hail, and federal crop insurance regulations
- Attend training sessions as directed which are generally at the State, Regional, or National level
What education and training is required?
A high school diploma is required and an associates or bachelors degree in agriculture business or related field is recommended. Some states require a Claim Adjuster Proficiency Program certification and other state licenses.
To pursue a career as a crop adjuster:
The following high school courses are recommended: agricultural education, animal science, mathematics, biology and chemistry.
Where can I work?
Crop adjusters work for crop insurance companies, agricultural banking companies or the federal government.
Future Job Market / Outlook
The future outlook for a crop adjuster will be good over the next five years.
Suggested Professional Organizations and Associations
- American Association of Crop Insurers
- Crop Insurance Professionals Association
- National Crop Insurance Services
- American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers