Farmers have and continue to be a staple of the U.S. economy,whether it's the traditional family farms or larger,corporate-owned enterprises. Regardless of their structure, farmersface a wide array of risks and need the right type ofcoverage.

For Nationwide, providing farmers with insurance is partof its history. In 1909, a group of Iowa farmers created FarmlandInsurance to protect against losses from fires in their grainelevators. A similar group of Ohio farmers came together in 1926for car insurance. Dubbed the Ohio Farm Bureau, it would laterchange its name to Nationwide in 1955. Finally, in 1982, FarmlandInsurance joined Nationwide.

Times are changing for farmers

In the simplest terms, Nationwide is insuring the output, inputand the farmer, says Nationwide's associate vice president ofagribusiness risk management Steve Simmons.

Nationwide's agribusiness is a property & casualty insurancecompany, part of Nationwide Mutual. Their primary lines of businessinclude property, general liability, auto and workers'compensation.

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Denny Jacob

Denny Jacob is an associate editor for NU PropertyCasualty360. Contact him at [email protected].