Big I Defends Crop Agents

To The Editor:

We are duty bound to our members to respond to Crop 1s retort to the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of Americas charges against its Premium Discount Plan crop insurance pilot program. The discounts available through this program were sold to the Federal Crop Insurance Corp. as efficiencies gained by selling crop insurance through the Internet. If that claim were true, IIABA and its members would not object to this experiment.

However, Crop 1s assertion does not appear to be true. Although Crop 1 had set up a Web site with information on crop insurance products, as recently as a few weeks ago it was not possible to actually process a transaction online, making any purported “efficiencies” a fallacy.

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