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High-Speed Insurance

February 12, 2014
By: Ben Potter, AgWeb.com Social Media and Innovation Editor google + 
 
 

RCIS announces new partnership with precision ag

You’ve heard of high-speed Inter­net, but what about high-speed insurance? Because precision technology is ever-expan­ding into new areas of production agriculture, companies are finding new ways to use it. One of the newest advancements is harnessing the power of precision for crop insurance purposes. Rural Community Insurance Services (RCIS) recently announced it has partnered with Ag Leader and Trimble to offer customers high-tech solutions for digital record keeping.

Farmers using Ag Leader’s SMS software or Trimble’s Farm Works mapping software can now submit field data electronically with the Precision Farming service offered by RCIS. This is a crop insurance data tool that gives farmers the ability to upload planting data electronically, which will improve communication between the farmer and the agency, decrease paper­work and increase overall efficiency, explains Rick Greenwood, chief information officer at RCIS.

"As the role of technology in the farming industry continues to grow, farm­ers need access to improved tech­nology to help with data management and record keeping. With our expanded technology platform and collaboration with Ag Leader and Trimble, RCIS provides farmers with the tools and support they need to efficiently manage risk and their business," Greenwood says.
New features include performance improvements, the ability to support multi-file imports and training for farmers and agents, he adds. Steve Manning, a farmer insured by RCIS, says the enhancements should prove to be valuable additions.

"I look forward to seeing how their new collaboration will help me use the data I collect during planting and harvesting, and speed up how quickly I’m able to report this information with my crop insurance agent," he says.

Mike Martinez, market manager with Trimble, says another potential benefit is faster claims.
"The press of a button gets the data to RCIS," he says. "The main goal here is to be a time-saver."
 

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