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Crop Adjuster

 

Overview

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