Our president, Jason Heacock, and one of our Agents, Roland Bishop, AFIS (Agribusiness and Farm Insurance Specialist) attended Citrus Expo 2017 to support the efforts of this vital industry to our state. Heacock Agribusiness was added as a specific division dedicated to serve the insurance needs of the agriculture industry. Our Agribusiness experts focus on providing the best products for the unique exposures of fully functional farms, ranches, dairies, processing facilities and a variety of additional farm operations. Our Agribusiness Advisors can review the exposures faced by those in the agriculture community. Coverage for Farm Property, Farm Liability, Inland Marine, Commercial Auto, Stock throughput, Workers’ Compensation, Foreign Liability, and more are available. With over 9.5 million acres utilized across nearly 50,000 commercial farms, Florida is a leader when it comes to agricultural products. Florida’s Ag footprint extends worldwide, with over $4 Billion in exports annually.
The Citrus Expo℠ began in 1992 and has grown to become the world’s premier seminar and trade show program for citrus growers and industry professionals. Its primary goal is to provide unequalled education and industry fellowship opportunities annually for growers, industry leaders, decision-makers, and vendors. Traditionally supporting involved industry organizations through promotional stipends and other local sponsorships, AgNet Media/Citrus Expo℠ also makes donations, as proceeds allow, toward citrus research at the University of Florida. Since AgNet Media/Citrus Industry magazine ownership and management of Citrus Expo℠ began in 2006, Citrus Expo℠ has donated more than $65,000 to regional group activities and UF/IFAS citrus research.
Here we have Roland talking with Mark McRae. He works for Farm Credit of Central Florida and they are central Florida’s premier rural lending establishment. Congress established the Farm Credit System, a nationwide network of borrower-owned lending institutions, in 1916 to provide reliable source of credit for the nation’s farmers, ranchers, and growers. Today, the system provides more than one-third of the credit needed by those who live and work in rural America.