People from 30 nations visit Domann farm

David Hallauer-Domann Farms

Photos by Bridget Weishaar
County Extension Agent David Hallauer explains how land-grant colleges through the extension service support agriculture to a world-wide audience last week in Jefferson County.


by Clarke Davis
Exploring the importance of crop insurance was central when agricultural leaders from more than 30 nations visited Jefferson County last week.
Four chartered buses brought the visitors to the Elvin Domann farm between Winchester and Nortonville Wednesday where they were schooled in crop adjusting and exposed to modern farm equipment.
The International Association of Agricultural Production Insurers – comprised of risk management leaders from Europe, Asia, Russia, and North and South America – held their biennial conference for the first time ever in the United States. The four-day event ended Wednesday when the buses left the Domann farm for the airport.
Dave Taylor of Taylor Insurance Services, Oskaloosa, was asked to find a farm within an hour of the airport the tour group could visit and Taylor wasn’t long coming up with the perfect place.
“Elvin and Bernadine truly have a show place and were great hosts for the event,” Taylor said.
Taylor noted that the farm was not only a great setting, but Elvin’s pull tractor, Hurricane Allis, a 3,000-hp diesel, was a real jaw-dropper for the visitors.
U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack welcomed the delegation to Kansas City Monday.
“There are few people in the world today who can say that their work touches every single person on the planet, every single day. But farmers can say that,” the secretary observed during his speech. “Farmers are powerful, but their charge is not without its challenges.”
Today’s farmer must deal with resource concerns and extreme weather, Vilsack explained, and crop insurance will be key to a farmer’s ability to do so in the future.
“In the wake of a devastating disaster, crop insurance offers a lifeline,” he said. “It is one of the most important, reliable, and cost-effective parts of the safety net here in the United States.”
Taylor has a history with crop insurance going back 34 years and it’s a main product in his line of insurance. He said crop insurance changed in the early 1990s from a system with lots of flaws and one that was too political to the current system that he believes is much improved.
The farmer pays a premium that is subsidized by the government and the system has been self-sustaining. The visitors to the Domann farm were schooled in how an adjuster determines the loss of corn or soybeans and applies his finding to established formulas.
Also speaking to the guests was extension agent David Hallauer who explained the size and scope of Kansas agriculture. He told about the land-grant colleges and their extension services. His talk included the variety in soils and rainfall from the glacial hills of northeast Kansas to the buffalo grass regions of western Kansas.

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