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Agriculture​/​Farm

The most recent USDA ag census shows that we have approximately 2,000,000 farms in the US with farmland totaling just over 900,000,000 acres. The challenges farmers face today have never been greater or more complex. Rising input costs, labor shortages, water issues and substantial regulatory hurdles combine to present very real obstacles to our vitally important agricultural complex. While many of these variables are difficult to control, risk management remains a key area of opportunity for ag operations to protect their assets today and for generations to come.
With over 40 years of experience working with family farms, ranch operations, food processors and distributors our team is active in developing tailored insurance programs aligned with your unique risk tolerance and business operations. We also actively support our ag client’s safety efforts surrounding their employees, facilities, food products and cyber presence. Our goal is to help you prevent the loss before it occurs. If the accident or incident does occur, our claims team will assist you every step of the way to help provide as smooth a claim resolution experience as possible.

Tree Fruit

Hops

Dairy

Vineyard

Crops

Tree Fruit

40 years experience from orchards to packinghouses.

The Ag Practice tree fruit team has offices in Yakima, Wenatchee and Richland, WA. We are proud to work with over 70% of vertically integrated grower/packer/shippers in the Pacific NW. Many of our colleagues have family heritage in the tree fruit industry and carry that passion with them in the work they do for our tree fruit clients every day. We are members of US Apple, the Washington State Tree Fruit Association and supporters of the Washington Apple Education Foundation. We’re devoted to developing new and innovative insurance and risk management solutions to support our tree fruit clients today and for decades to come.
Apples, cherries and pears account for almost $3 million of Washington’s agricultural sales, making tree fruit an indispensable part of the state’s crop economy. That’s why 70% of Washington tree fruit growers trust Marsh McLennan Agency.

Your tree fruit team

Jeff Widdows

Jeff Widdows has worked in the business insurance industry for over 15 years and his team specializes in insuring the unique risks associated with the tree fruit and hop industries. Jeff obtained degrees in accounting, finance and economics from New Mexico State University and uses these to assist in the settlement of large losses for clients of all types and size. Jeff currently sits on the National Advisory Boards for both Fireman’s Fund and Chubb Agribusiness, two of the largest providers of insurance for the fruit and hop industries.

Ron Snyder

Ron Snyder joined MMA in 2016 and brings over 30 years of experience as a commercial insurance sales executive — 25 years of which have been spent in agribusiness. After graduating from the University of Washington in 1984, he grew up in the fruit culture, working in orchards and later in fruit warehouses, so his knowledge of the industry comes from first-hand experience. His clients range from food processors to fruit growers, and from manufacturers to public entities. Ron’s professional areas of focus include fruit packing and storage facilities, manufacturing, and public entities.

Kyle Womach

Kyle joined in 2019 as a commercial insurance sales executive. Prior to joining us, Kyle spent his career in the tree fruit industry specializing in employee relations, food safety and packinghouse operations. His passion for agriculture stems from growing up on a family farm and witnessing the dedication and hard work it takes to feed the world.

Tyson Baker

Tyson is a risk manager and insurance broker. He focuses on the agribusiness sector with a specialization in the Dairy Revenue Protection Program, crop insurance and business insurance programs for the agribusiness and construction industries.

Jedean Corpron

Jedean joined in 2016 with over 25 years of experience managing complex risks and losses for large and middle-market companies in various industries including agriculture, manufacturing and distribution, construction and schools.

Lauren Scanga

Lauren is a risk advisor and insurance broker at MMA, specializing in Agribusiness. With a passion for supporting the agriculture industry, Lauren is an active member of her community, serving on the Board of the Wenatchee Rotary Club and volunteering for organizations like the Washington Wine Industry Foundation scholarship committee and Washington Apple Education Foundation.

Alyssa Goins

Working in the industry since 2001, Alyssa is a risk manager and insurance broker, licensed in property, casualty, life, and disability insurance. Alyssa focuses on the agribusiness, habitational, and transportation industries. She brings more than 20 years of insurance industry experience, from her work with small businesses as well as highly complex large commercial clients.

Hops

Decades of experience working with hop growers, processors and brokers in the Pacific NW.

Washington, Idaho and Oregon represent over 95% of the US Hop production. We are proud to work with over 70% of the Pacific NW hop industry, which traces it’s lineage back more than 100 years in several hop farming families. We’ve developed numerous custom insurance programs for the hop industry and continue to innovate to solve the complex risk challenges our clients face in growing, processing and selling hops domestically and around the globe.

Without hops, there would be no beer.
And that’s a world we don’t want to live in.

Your hops team

Jeff Widdows

Jeff Widdows has worked in the business insurance industry for over 15 years and his team specializes in insuring the unique risks associated with the tree fruit and hop industries. Jeff obtained degrees in accounting, finance and economics from New Mexico State University and uses these to assist in the settlement of large losses for clients of all types and size. Jeff currently sits on the National Advisory Boards for both Fireman’s Fund and Chubb Agribusiness, two of the largest providers of insurance for the fruit and hop industries.

Alyssa Goins

Working in the industry since 2001, Alyssa is a risk manager and insurance broker, licensed in property, casualty, life, and disability insurance. Alyssa focuses on the agribusiness, habitational, and transportation industries. She brings more than 20 years of insurance industry experience, from her work with small businesses as well as highly complex large commercial clients.

Jedean Corpron

Jedean joined in 2016 with over 25 years of experience managing complex risks and losses for large and middle-market companies in various industries including agriculture, manufacturing and distribution, construction and schools.

Vineyard

It's more than just grapes. It’s taking care of a way of life.

The Pacific Northwest has achieved national acclaim for the quality of wine grapes grown and the beautiful wines produced in our region. Growing grapes and making wine present numerous challenges and require years of experience to master. Insuring vineyards and wineries also require a deeply experienced risk management partner who understands the nuances to produce a perfectly balanced insurance program. Our team is here to help you protect the vineyard and/or winery operation you’ve worked so hard to build.
In the last decade, the number of wineries in Washington boomed from 650 to just under 1,000. And the amount of grapes crushed rose from 156,000 tons in 2009 to 229,000 tons in 2017.

All that’s to say, vineyards are expanding and the amount of complexity in their day-to-day operations isn’t getting any easier. Every vineyard, winery and custom crush operation is unique with its own set of unique risks. Our approach is to look at each one holistically, from insuring the crop to offering contract review to providing workers’ comp all the way down.

Your vineyard team

Lauren Scanga

Lauren is a risk advisor and insurance broker at MMA, specializing in Agribusiness. With a passion for supporting the agriculture industry, Lauren is an active member of her community, serving on the Board of the Wenatchee Rotary Club and volunteering for organizations like the Washington Wine Industry Foundation scholarship committee and Washington Apple Education Foundation.

Tyson Baker

Tyson is a risk manager and insurance broker. He focuses on the agribusiness sector with a specialization in the Dairy Revenue Protection Program, crop insurance and business insurance programs for the agribusiness and construction industries.

Kyle Womach

Kyle joined in 2019 as a commercial insurance sales executive. Prior to joining Marsh McLennan Agency, Kyle spent his career in the tree fruit industry specializing in employee relations, food safety and packinghouse operations. His passion for agriculture stems from growing up on a family farm and witnessing the dedication and hard work it takes to feed the world.

Crop

Custom solutions for entity structuring and crop and revenue loss strategies.

Agriculture is the heartbeat of our region; but in a heavily-regulated industry, managing risk in commercial agribusiness has become more complex than ever. You need an experienced risk manager and insurance partner at your side every step of the way. With over 40 years of experience handling all types of agribusiness, our team works together to deliver the benefit of our collective knowledge.

We have distinguished ourselves throughout the Northwest as a leading crop insurance practice with custom solutions for entity structuring and crop and revenue loss strategies. Consider us your authority in crop insurance to develop the best solutions for your crops and operations.

Your crop team

Jaime Cortes

Jaime joined in 2021 as a commercial business sales executive within the Agribusiness Practice. Jaime has been around agriculture his entire life, as he is a product of the Yakima Valley, having grown up in Toppenish, Washington. From an early age, witnessing his parents pick cherries and his father’s interactions with local agriculture businesses, he understood the impact that agriculture had on the Yakima Valley.

Tyson Baker

Tyson is a risk manager and insurance broker. He focuses on the agribusiness sector with a specialization in the Dairy Revenue Protection Program, crop insurance and business insurance programs for the agribusiness and construction industries.

Dairy

We’ve partnered with dairies for decades with risk management and insurance solutions.

The modern dairy business is more challenging than ever. High input costs, environmental challenges, commodity price risk and labor challenges are just a few of the obstacles in the path to success for dairies today. Our dairy team has family heritage in the dairy industry and many years of experience navigating the complex risk management and insurance landscape for dairies.


Dairy revenue protection brings certainty to the unknown.

Dairy farming is a demanding profession with razor-thin profit margins and you wouldn’t necessarily think that something like milk could be considered volatile, but the dairy market most certainly is.

That’s where Dairy Revenue Protection comes in. Think of it like crop insurance for milk prices. Working with the American Farm Bureau Federation and American Farm Bureau Insurance Services, we’ve put together a program to protect dairies from market price fluctuation.

From Tyson Baker, Dairy Specialist:

“The old federal Margin Protection Plan was a big flop and left a lot of farmers with a bad taste in their mouth. Dairy RP gives you crop insurance for milk price, and locks in a price that you hope you’ll never have to sell at, but ultimately could save a farm from ruin if the market falls.”

 

You decide


Your dairy team

Tyson Baker

Tyson is a risk manager and insurance broker. He focuses on the agribusiness sector with a specialization in the Dairy Revenue Protection Program, crop insurance and business insurance programs for the agribusiness and construction industries.

Doug Van Batavia

Doug Van Batavia is a graduate of Washington State University with a Bachelor of Science degree. He owned and operated a top-performing dairy for 20 years prior to joining what is now Marsh McLennan Agency in 2006. His firsthand entrepreneurial and agriculture experience give him unique insights into the complex insurance needs of his customers. Doug has his Agribusiness and Farm Insurance Specialist (AFIS®) and as the a former owner of a dairy, Doug has a great deal of experience in the industry. He also specializes in hay farms, row crop farms, grass seed operations, and vegetable and fruit processing operations.

Daniel Golightly

Daniel joined MMA in 2022 as an Agribusiness Practice Sales Executive. He has more than a decade of experience working the agricultural industry with significant experience consulting with dairies, commercial ag, food processors & farming operations. Providing industry-specific safety and risk reduction plans, which aid producers & processors in implementing practices that protect the unique exposures the agricultural industry faces.

Taylor Vandecoevering

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