About the ACA

Agricultural Claims Association, LLC is an organization founded by a group of experienced insurance professionals with extensive background in the agricultural claims industry. Our mission as an organization is to provide other ag claims professionals with a resource which will offer training, education and support. Members will have access to an extensive subject library, tutorials, conferences and continuing education, in the areas of agricultural policies, damage to equipment and agricultural buildings, damage to irrigation equipment, cattle theft and a wide variety of agricultural liability claims, just to name a few.


Additionally, the ACA offers the most comprehensive and thorough Agricultural Claims Professional Certification in the industry. The Farm Ranch Certified Specialist training courses combine online learning, classroom instruction and a series of tests. Please continue to watch this space for more information on the next certification program.


The Agricultural Claims Association offers training, education and support to agriculture insurance claims professionals throughout the United States.

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Meet the Team

Since 1999, Mr. McGehee has amassed a diverse array of claims adjusting experience in all disciplines including staff, independent adjuster, claims manager, vice president of operations, and owner-operator sides of the claims industry.  His claims emphasis has been on residential, commercial property, and agricultural.  Brandan’s independent management and adjusting experience provides an extensive knowledge of field investigations.

Brandan McGehee

Founder and Partner

Julie has a background in agriculture insurance including farm & ranch, crop liability, crop insurance, and weather-based insurance.  Her farm roots started growing up on a farm in Northwest Indiana, where she ran a 600 farrow to finish hog operation after graduating with a B.S. from Purdue.  During this time, she worked from a contract adjuster to a National Claims Manager.  After 21 years in the crop insurance sector, she joined the Climate Corporation focused on weather index products, private products, and crop insurance.  Since the sale of the Climate, Julie has adjusted farm and ranch Insurance and training adjusters on agricultural claims.

Julie Overdeer

Executive Director and Partner

Since 1987, Mr. Sutton has amassed a wide range of claims adjusting experience in all disciplines including staff, independent adjuster, claims supervisor, director of claims operations and owner-operator sides of the claims industry.  His claims emphasis has been on residential, commercial property and agricultural.  Mike’s company management experience provides an insight of the specific claims and underwriting guidelines for our customers.

Mike Sutton

Founder and Partner

Meet the Advisory Board

Mr. Jennings, CPCU, is currently a Director of Multiple Line Claims-Property with American National Insurance in Springfield, MO. With over 16 years of experience in the insurance claims industry, Mr. Jennings held manager and director positions with various companies.  In addition to claims, he also has sales experience in the agricultural insurance industry. John brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Agricultural Claims Association and is excited to help lead this cutting-edge organization. 

In his 30 plus carrier in the Insurance industry, Joe is experienced in claims, underwriting, catastrophic events, quality control, and management. For the last several years, he has become an expert in the Agricultural Claims Industry while acting as an EC Claim Technical Specialist for American Family Insurance Claim Service, Inc (AFICS).

Mr. Sedlacek retired after being responsible for the claim operations of all of MiniCo’s business lines. With over 30 years’ experience in the insurance industry, he is a professional with a solid background and expertise in numerous claim operational and development roles. Prior to joining MiniCo in 2011, Don held the position of vice president of claims for the agribusiness division of QBE/OneBeacon Insurance Company as well as multiple senior management positions with Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company.

Don Heinrich  is the Assistant Vice President of Claims for Chubb Agribusiness Insurance. He is a 1981 graduate of the Drake University School of Law and has worked in insurance, consulting and risk management for 35 years. He has spent the last 10 years managing agricultural claim operations.

His areas of expertise include coverage and complex litigation, insurance company claim department structure and procedures, reinsurance, captive insurance and alternative risk financing. He was the principal and owner of Heinrich Insurance Consulting, providing consulting and expert witness support to the legal and insurance industries.

In addition to his Juris Doctor, he holds the following professional designations:

Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter

Associate in Reinsurance

Associate in Risk Management

Agribusiness & Farm Insurance Specialist.

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The Agricultural Claims Association reserves the right to refuse membership at our discretion.

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