92nd Annual Mid-Winter Meeting
January 27-28

The Farm Agents Mid-Winter Education Meeting is the premier event for those in the Illinois farm, agri-business, and crop insurance to come together for networking, education and an industry specific trade show.  This event draws over 100 agents all from all throughout Illinois, to learn about the impacts our industry is facing, legislative changes, and so much more. Learn how your business can grow, thrive and adapt to our ever-changing world. 


Crowne Plaza

3000 S. Dirksen Parkway

Springfield, IL

(217) 529-7777

Special discounted room rate of $106 +tax, email Shannon Churchill for details.

Registration Fees

FAC Members - $70 
IIA of IL Members - $100
Non-Members - $140
Non-Licensed Spouses - $40

Farm Agent Council Members receive $30 off registration, use code WINTER22 when checking out online.

Schedule (Times Subject to Change)

Thursday, January 27, 2022

         1:00 - 5:00pm


                              FAC Governing Chair, Dustin Peterson


               Education Seminar: Pollution Exposures and
                             Insurance for Agricultural Concerns

                              Rick Pitts

         5:30 - 7:00pm

           Company Reception & Tradeshow

Friday, January 28, 2022

         7:00 - 8:00am


         8:00 - 11:30am

               Opening Comments

                              FAC Governing Chair, Dustin Peterson


               Legislative Update

                              Evan Manning, IIA of IL Director of Government Relations

               Education Seminar: Farm and Insurance Issues: The Top Ten
                              Cases in the last Decade (or so)

                              Rick Pitts

Terms and Conditions
Registration and attendance at, or participation in, IIA of IL meetings and other activities constitutes an agreement by the registrant to the use and distribution (both now and in the future) the registrant or attendee’s image or voice in photographs, videotapes, electronic reproductions, and audiotapes of such events and activities by IIA of IL and other third parties, including but not limited to the venue, the host city, and the host CVB. Your registration may include technology that monitors your activities throughout the meeting, such as session attendance and booths visited. 


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Session Descriptions

Pollution Exposures and Insurance for Agricultural Concerns

By Rick Pitts

This three-hour continuing education seminar is a fast-paced examination of the particular problems associated with pollution coverage and insurance related matters for farms, ranches, and other agricultural concerns. The seminar begins with a description of the fact that major federal and state laws are implicated even in the most simple of farming operations, due to the nature of modern farming. The seminar then turns to the major federal and state laws creating exposures of especial disquiet for agricultural risk managers, including the Federal Insecticide Fungicide and Rodenticide Act, the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, and the state and federal laws regarding underground storage tanks.


The next section of the seminar examines the history of the insurance industry's treatment of pollution exposures, including standard industry forms. The dominant thrust of this particular in section is to look at the insurance industry’s response to the rise of pollution exposures, including the absolute pollution exclusion and subsequent developments of it. Included within this section is an overview of case law discussing issues such as whether a “product” can be considered to be a “pollutant.”  


The seminar concludes with two sections. The first examines the relationship between multiple policies which may cover a single incident or exposure.


The seminar’s final section is an examination of the various forms used by AAIS and ISO related to this issue.  This includes an extended discussion of the ISO exclusion in the Farm coverage:

[This insurance does not apply to] Any loss, cost or expense arising out of any:


(a) Request, demand, order or statutory or regulatory requirement that any "insured" or others test for, monitor, clean up, remove, contain, treat, detoxify or neutralize, or in any way respond to, or assess the effects of, "pollutants"; or

(b) Claim or suit by or on behalf of a governmental authority for damages because of testing for, monitoring, cleaning up, removing, containing, treating, detoxifying or neutralizing, or in any way responding to, or assessing the effects of, "pollutants".


And the exception to the exclusion, providing 


However, this paragraph does not apply to liability for damages because of "property damage" that the "insured" would have in the absence of such request, demand, order or statutory or regulatory requirement, or such claim or suit by or on behalf of a governmental authority…

Legislative Update

By Evan Manning

Receive an update on legislative issues which have taken place over the past year, and what is on the legislative agenda moving into the upcoming session. 

Farm and Insurance Issues: The Top Ten Cases in the last Decade (or so)
By Rick Pitts

The theme is simple; the cases and principles are not.  This is a quick-moving survey of the most important agriculture and farm-related insurance decisions in the last ten years or so.  After a brief introduction, the seminar will involve presenting the facts and the outcome of each case to the attendees, and then discussing the implications of the decisions and perhaps some of the lessons to be learned.  While the presentation will be in a lecture format, participant engagement and interaction will be encouraged.


Rick Pitts, Vice President and General Counsel to Arlington/Roe & Co., Inc.

Richard S. Pitts is a 1983 graduate of Wabash College and a 1986 graduate of Indiana University School of Law – Indianapolis.  Pitts clerked for the Honorable Patrick D. Sullivan, a judge of the Indiana Court of Appeals in 1986-87.  Rick is admitted to practice before Indiana state and federal courts, the United States Supreme Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and is a member of local, state and national bar associations.


Pitts has served as a panelist and lecturer on a variety continuing education subjects, including the Americans with Disabilities Act, “Mold:  Issues Under the Microscope” for the Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum (ICLEF), and “Insurance Issues for Builders” for the Indiana Builders Association.  In 2007, Rick provided continuing education seminars to the Professional Independent Insurance Agents of Illinois and has conducted continuing education seminars in other states.  Rick has also served as chair of ICLEF’s “Advanced Corporate Practice” seminar and as a faculty member for various construction law seminars for Lorman Education Services.  Pitts has co-authored two articles appearing in the Indiana Law Review.


Pitts serves as general counsel to the Independent Insurance Agents of Indiana, Inc.  As counsel to the Indiana “Big I,” Rick speaks annually at the association’s New Laws Seminars and teaches various seminars on insurance and employment related matters.  Pitts is also general counsel to Arlington/Roe & Co., Inc., an Indianapolis-based managing general agent.  


Evan Manning, IIA of IL Director of Government Relations

As IIA of IL Government Relations Director, Evan Manning is responsible for all aspects of the association’s government relations program. IIA of IL also represents NAIFA-Illinois, Illinois State Association of Health Underwriters, and Illinois Association of Mutual Insurance Companies, collectively referred to as the Illinois Coalition of Insurance Brokers and Financial Advisors. The Coalition represents thousands of individuals and firms providing insurance and financial advice to Illinois consumers and businesses. 

Manning has experience in the private sector and most recently was an Appropriations Budget Analyst on the Senate Republican Staff.