A note from the ACA Executive Director:
The ACA is excited to announce that we are planning for an in-person event for the 2022 Ag Claims Conference in late March or early April. You can help shape the conference by providing your input to the ACA about the event as we look at locations, topics, and include your concerns or thoughts while we plan the event. We understand there are plenty of differing views, opinions, and emotions regarding attending a live conference and will strive to meet the support needs of all members, presenters, and anyone interested in attending the event. The ACA, in partnership with the venue, will ensure every possible and reasonable precaution is taken for the well-being of attendees. The ACA takes no position on topics related to COVID and feels that vaccination is a personal choice, however the CDC recommended guidelines for activities and gatherings will be used for planning and executing the conference. The ACA will not ask about vaccination status, testing, or COVID symptoms instead we ask that all attendees follow the guidelines based on their personal situation. Masks should be worn by unvaccinated attendees or by anyone with personal concerns. Do not attend the event if you are feeling ill or have any symptoms that may be COVID related and get tested with a negative test result within 48 hours of attending the conference. Personal responsibility is the greatest contribution to a successful Ag Claims Conference.
The agriculture claims industry experienced a much higher number of liability claims than a typical claim’s season, an opposite from the 2020 season derecho impacts on property claims. The ACA, worked with the advisory board, sponsors, members, and industry professionals concluding a live conference is needed and best option to continue to prepare and support the agriculture claims industry. At the same time, we are considering the addition of a blended conference that includes a virtual attendance option. We are exploring the current interest, resources, and techniques to incorporate lessons learned from last year’s virtual conference and the two mini conferences provided during the height of the pandemic. Due to the number of variables, resources required, and coordination – the decision regarding virtual attendance will be after the agenda is set and conference registration is open.
We know you have a choice of several events hosted annually by different organizations around the industry and the ACA strives to provide world class education, training and support that differentiates us from the others. We look forward to the conference, your support, and growing together; we hope to see you there. Information on providing input and your thoughts on the conference is in the panel to the left.
ACA Executive Director