|Official web page: Place for venue: Dates: Conference Organizer: Conference Manager: Conference Administrator: Contact phone: Contact email:||www.agroinsconf.com Biltmore Hotel Tbilisi, Georgia October 4-6, 2021 AgroInsurance International LLC. – www.AgroInsurance.com Ian Shynkarenko Liudmyla Krychevska +995 599 3 777 01 firstname.lastname@example.org|
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Nine Companies Support 2022 AgroInsurance International Conference as Sponsors and Partners
AgroInsurance International Conference will take place in Tbilisi, Georgia on September 26-28, 2022. Hannover Re – the leading agricultural reinsurance company is the official Conference Sponsor. Five companies have already supported this event contributing to the Conference agenda making presentations on various aspects of agricultural insurance during the first two days.
Book The Dates: AgroInsurance International Conference will be held on September 26-28, 2022
The epidemic situation with COVID-19 has been put globally under control with major air connections and international travels renewed. Georgia has also eased most of the restrictions making it possible to confirm the new dates of the International Conference “Agricultural Insurance, Reinsurance & Brokerage in CIS, Europe & Asia”. The venue will be held on September 26-28, 2022 in Tbilisi, Georgia, at the Biltmore Hotel.
Planet To Acquire VanderSat To Deliver Advanced Agriculture Data Products
Planet has entered into an agreement to acquire VanderSat, a leading provider of advanced earth data and analytics. Vandersat’s innovative products help customers better measure and understand water management and crop health in major markets. Planet intends to leverage VanderSat’s technologies and products in further pursuit of bringing to market next-generation solutions that combine the best of commercial and public satellite data to provide clear and actionable information to help industries, non-profits, and governments around the world.
USA - Colorado’s largest cannabis grower loses millions of dollars in early freeze
The largest marijuana grower in Colorado – Pueblo-based Los Sueños Farms – disclosed it lost millions of dollars during an early winter storm after half the company’s plants froze before harvest could be completed. The crop loss in Southern Colorado is expected to send ripples throughout the state’s cannabis supply chain, reducing the supply of marijuana available to retailers and processors. Those businesses could face higher wholesale cannabis prices. By contrast, extractors could benefit by getting access to additional plant material to manufacture goods such as infused products, edibles and concentrates. With 36 acres in outdoor production, plus an indoor cultivation operation, Los Sueños touts itself as the largest cannabis farm in North America. The company has been harvesting hundreds of thousands of pounds of biomass for five years. “It was going to be a huge, bumper year,” Los Sueños founder Bob DeGabrielle said. “Unfortunately, you can’t do anything about Mother Nature.” With the loss of this magnitude, there will likely be a shortage of flower in an already tight wholesale marijuana flower market. “This is definitely going to affect the entire state’s supply,” said Joshua Haupt, chief revenue officer with Denver-based Medicine Man Technologies. Medicine Man Technologies is in the process of acquiring Los Sueños Farms for $11.9 million. Los Sueños customers had relied on the company for a value-oriented product. But the Oct. 10 storm has put a major crimp on that product pipeline, said DeGabrielle. He said his company supplies biomass for processing for infused-products cannabis companies such as Wana Brands, Dixie Brands and Evolab, among others. All are based in Colorado. DeGabrielle expects processors buying trim will be under pressure to pay higher prices because a lot of what Los Sueños will be selling on the processing market is now high-potency flower, which commands a higher price point. Storm damage The Los Sueños crew was able to cut down about 50%, or 20,000, of a total of 40,000 plants before eight hours of subfreezing temperatures damaged the crop. The area was also blanketed with several inches of snow. DeGabrielle said he was looking at a yield that would have been two to three times bigger than his previous record. But the weather dashed those hopes. To save the crop, it was all-hands-on-deck to help with the harvest once it began snowing. One problem, however: Los Sueños’ greenhouses and hoop houses were already filled with drying plants that had been cut down starting in late September. As a result, the company had little additional storage space. “There was no place else to put much more product,” DeGabrielle added. His crew covered plants with blankets. But 50-mph winds blew off the blankets. The crew also ran hot water into the fields to keep the root mass warm. “We did everything we could do to mitigate what was happening,” DeGabrielle said. According to DeGabrielle, this is the second time in 33 years he has seen such a snow and freeze before Halloween. Crop salvage While the remaining material won’t be sold on the flower market, the company can salvage the biomass and sell it for extraction. DeGabrielle estimated he would have harvested 750,000 pounds of biomass before the storm, and it’s too early to tell what the final numbers will be until everything is harvested. He still needs to process the other 20,000 plants. “It’s kind of like, until the baby comes, how much is it going to weigh?” he said. Despite everything, DeGabrielle expects the yield to come in about 25% better than last year. Workers will be harvesting plants for the next two weeks. After the freeze, DeGabrielle took some plants out of the field and dried them. The biomass tested at 18%-24% THC content. That’s significantly higher than most trim, which tests in the 6%-8% range, according to DeGabrielle. He chalks it up to the majority of the remaining plant material coming from flower, not leaves, which died in the freeze. DeGabrielle emphasized that this isn’t a total loss. “We had some beautiful crops,” he said. “And of what we got we have some beautiful bud to sell.” Source - https://mjbizdaily.com
Hail world records: the biggest, heaviest, and deadliest hail
Hail is one of the biggest hazards with severe thunderstorms – while it is usually small, and relatively harmless, it may grow to tennis ball sized or even larger. It may cause severe damage, injuries and in extreme cases even death. It forms as super cooled water droplets within a thunderstorm updraft begin freezing onto a condensation nucleus. The super cooled droplets are colder than 0 °C, but still in liquid state. As they come into contact with the growing hailstone they freeze onto it, making it grow. The growing hailstone is kept in the air by the storm’s updraft until it grows too big and heavy for the upward wind to keep it aloft. The hailstone may make a single journey within the updraft, or it may make several journeys, each forming a new layer, producing a concentric onion-like structure. Some hailstones form and grow by many smaller hailstones sticking and freezing together into a large hailstone – such form is called an agglomerate. The largest hailstones sometimes even form long icy horns or spines! The most severe hailstorms and largest hail is usually associated with supercell thunderstorms – it takes high to extreme instability, strong wind shear and dry mid levels for very large hail to form. But just how big and heavy? Read on. LARGEST (DIAMETER) HAILSTONE EVER RECORDED: July 23, 2010 Vivian, South Dakota A 20.3 cm (8.0 inch) hailstone was recorded in the intense hailstorm produced by the July 23, 2010 Vivian, South Dakota severe supercell. The hailstone was found by a Mr. Lee Scott and turned over to the U.S. National Weather Service for certification in Aberdeen, South Dakota. The hailstone had a circumference of 47.3 cm (18.625 inches) and a weight of 0.88 kg (1.9375 pounds)! It even produced an impact pit about 25 cm across on the ground. NWS Aberdeen staff measuring the diameter and circumference of the record-setting hailstone. Note that the ruler is in inches! Photo: NWS Aberdeen. There are other, unconfirmed instances of similarly sized hail reported in the past – Ponca City, Oklahoma is reported have been hit by up to 20-cm hail on April 17, 1935. LARGEST (CIRCUMFERENCE) HAILSTONE EVER RECORDED: June 22, 2003 Aurora, Nebraska A 47.6 cm (18.75 inches) circumference hailstone was recorded on June 22, 2003 on a severe thunderstorm that hit Aurora, Nebraska. The hailstone was 17.8 cm (7.0 inches) in diameter, but no weight was officially recorded as the hailstone partially broke off as it hit a roof of a house. It is very noteworthy, that the hail that hit Hamilton County (including Aurora) produced impact pits on the ground up to 36 cm across! Imagine a melon-sized chunk of ice falling out of the sky? Punching a hole in your car windshield? Your roof? Breaking bone? Hail is one of the biggest hazards with severe thunderstorms – while it is usually small, and relatively harmless, it may grow to tennis ball sized or even larger. It may cause severe damage, injuries and in extreme cases even death. It forms as super cooled water droplets within a thunderstorm updraft begin freezing onto a condensation nucleus. The super cooled droplets are colder than 0 °C, but still in liquid state. As they come into contact with the growing hailstone they freeze onto it, making it grow. The growing hailstone is kept in the air by the storm’s updraft until it grows too big and heavy for the upward wind to keep it aloft. The hailstone may make a single journey within the updraft, or it may make several journeys, each forming a new layer, producing a concentric onion-like structure. Some hailstones form and grow by many smaller hailstones sticking and freezing together into a large hailstone – such form is called an agglomerate. The largest hailstones sometimes even form long icy horns or spines! The most severe hailstorms and largest hail is usually associated with supercell thunderstorms – it takes high to extreme instability, strong wind shear and dry mid levels for very large hail to form. But just how big and heavy? Read on. LARGEST (DIAMETER) HAILSTONE EVER RECORDED: July 23, 2010 Vivian, South Dakota A 20.3 cm (8.0 inch) hailstone was recorded in the intense hailstorm produced by the July 23, 2010 Vivian, South Dakota severe supercell. The hailstone was found by a Mr. Lee Scott and turned over to the U.S. National Weather Service for certification in Aberdeen, South Dakota. The hailstone had a circumference of 47.3 cm (18.625 inches) and a weight of 0.88 kg (1.9375 pounds)! It even produced an impact pit about 25 cm across on the ground. NWS Aberdeen staff measuring the diameter and circumference of the record-setting hailstone. Note that the ruler is in inches! Photo: NWS Aberdeen. There are other, unconfirmed instances of similarly sized hail reported in the past – Ponca City, Oklahoma is reported have been hit by up to 20-cm hail on April 17, 1935. LARGEST (CIRCUMFERENCE) HAILSTONE EVER RECORDED: June 22, 2003 Aurora, Nebraska A 47.6 cm (18.75 inches) circumference hailstone was recorded on June 22, 2003 on a severe thunderstorm that hit Aurora, Nebraska. The hailstone was 17.8 cm (7.0 inches) in diameter, but no weight was officially recorded as the hailstone partially broke off as it hit a roof of a house. It is very noteworthy, that the hail that hit Hamilton County (including Aurora) produced impact pits on the ground up to 36 cm across! NWS Hastings staff measuring the diameter and circumference of the Aurora, Nebraska hailstone. Again, the ruler is in inches! Photo: NWS Hastings. HEAVIEST HAILSTONE EVER RECORDED: April 14, 1986, Gopalganj district, Bangladesh The heaviest hailstone that has been authenticated by authorities fell during an intense severe hailstorm in Gopalganj district of Bangladesh on April 14, 1986. It weighed in at 1.0 kg (2.25 pounds)! The intense hailstorm killed 92 people. In Europe the record is held by an large, 0.97 kg hailstone that fell in Strasbourg, France on August 11, 1958 – unfortunately no dimensions were recorded. BIGGEST HAIL ACCUMULATION ON THE GROUND EVER RECORDED: June 3, 1959, Seldon, Kansas A persistent, virtually stationary hailstorm hit Seldon, Kansas on June 3, 1959, producing a blanket of hail up to 45 cm thick over an area of 140 square kilometers. Aerial view of the 45 cm thick blanket of hail over Seldon, Kansas on June 3, 1959. Photo: Norton Telegram, Norton, Kansas. DEADLIEST HAILSTORM: April 22, 1888, Moradabad & Beheri districts, India The April 22, 1888, Moradabad & Beheri districts, India is the deadliest hailstorm in recorded modern history, with 246 fatailities. Source - http://www.severe-weather.eu
Post Conference Press Release from the 4th International Conference “Agricultural Insurance, Reinsurance and Brokerage in the CIS, Europe and Asia” - Belgrade, Serbia
Discussions centered around the following key topics: technical aspects of crop and livestock insurance; the use of agricultural insurance in the banking industry - agricultural bancassurance; underwriting principles in agricultural insurance; the use of modern technology (satellites and drones) in the development and implementation of innovative insurance solutions. The 4th International Conference “Agricultural Insurance, Reinsurance and Brokerage in the CIS, Europe and Asia” took place on April 16-18, 2018 in Belgrade, Serbia. The conference was attended by more than 90 delegates from 30 countries representing more than 60 companies. Attendees came from leading global reinsurance and insurance firms, insurance brokers and consulting agencies, market regulators, and large financial institutions. The event program centered around an overview of agricultural insurance markets in Central and Eastern Europe, CIS countries, Southeast Asia and Australia. The presentations focused on discussing ways to improve insurance products available on these markets and to better meet the needs of farmers and government institutions. One presentation that deserves a special mention dealt with the specifics of the evolution of agricultural insurance in the Philippines, Indonesia and Vietnam. It was made by a representative of the German Development Cooperation, GIZ. The presentation discussed specific features of the evolution of public-private partnerships in these countries, the instruments that are commonly used and their role in the development of comprehensive agricultural risk insurance programs. Another section dealt with the finer nuances of agricultural bancassurance development, drawing upon the experience of Serbia and other Central European countries as an example. Delegates from insurance giants Generali, Banca Intesa and Aon brought to light important technical aspects of implementing joint initiatives in bancassurance, underwriting and program administration. The first day concluded with a discussion about technical details of the development and implementation of systemic risk insurance programs. Special emphasis was placed on discussing ways to address drought insurance. Swiss Re and Munich Re spoke about solutions and innovations that are already available to effectively tackle this issue. The section on systemic risks discussed livestock disease and disease containment insurance using Canada as an example. The second day was dedicated to the importance of adopting new technology and innovations, such as satellites and drones. These technologies are more and more commonly used around the world in crop surveillance and agricultural insurance loss adjustment. Every year they also become more and more affordable for insurance companies. Technology and innovations are now commonly used in crop insurance underwriting and risk event probability assessment to calculate insurance rates. The second day concluded with a panel discussion on the use of modern technology in agricultural insurance. Attendees addressed the challenges of adopting and implementing new technologies and innovations, as evidenced by examples of several technologies being brought together on a single platform combining self-learning AI systems and block chain technology. Companies promoting technical innovations on international markets were particularly keen to hear feedback from agricultural insurance experts to gauge market response and further refine existing technology. Innovative technology is not a distant future concept at all, but something that is already being effectively used on a day-to-day basis by agricultural insurance market players. Summary The International Conference “Agroinsurance and Reinsurance of Agricultural Risks in the CIS, Europe and Asia” has provided an important platform for enhancing cross-sectoral communication and collaboration among agricultural insurance experts all over the world. The high number of participating countries and organizations fosters an extremely productive exchange of ideas and technical information. Delegates have engaged in numerous meetings and negotiations, which enabled many to gain new knowledge and enhance their understanding of various technical aspects of agricultural insurance. Given the feedback received from 2018 conference participants, Agroinsurance International is likely to continue such events in 2019-2020 with the aim of further promoting agricultural insurance development in emerging countries. For updates on future events, please visit the conference organizers’ website www.agroinsurance.com. Re-printing is allowed strictly on the condition that all subsequent publications contain a link to the source - www.AgroInsurance.com. All photos from the event are property of Agroinsurance International LLC and can only be reproduced if they contain the Agroinsurance International logo. About Agroinsurance International Our team has been professionally involved in agricultural insurance since 2001. The website www.AgroInsurance.com was created in 2006 and to this day remains the world's largest online portal on agricultural insurance and risk management. Since its inception in 2006, the project has been working with reinsurance and insurance companies in the CIS, Europe and Asia. Over the lifespan of the project, our team members have seen through to completion numerous consulting assignments for private companies and government agencies in Ukraine, Russia, Moldova, Georgia, Armenia, Albania, Serbia, Kosovo, Mongolia, China and other countries. Altogether, Agroinsurance International experts have delivered more than 400 training sessions on agricultural insurance and agricultural risk management for insurance and banking professionals and government employees around the world. Source - www.agroinsurance.com
AgroInsurance International – Conference agenda and list of participants updated
The Conference agenda and the List of Participants for the International Conference "Agroinsurance, Reinsurance & Brokerage for CIS, Europe & Asia" have been updated. The list of participants, speakers and presentation topics are already available at the official website www.agroinsconf.com. Conference participants will discuss the current trends and technical specifics of various crop insurance programs, including forestry and aquaculture insurance. The key focus of the event is made on challenges and technical aspects of insurance product development and underwriting. The success factors of insurance programs’ implementation will also be widely discussed on April 11-12, 2016. Conference speakers will share their experience in bundling agricultural insurance with products and services offered by input suppliers and financial institutions, which is currently of an increased interest among insurers and international donor community. As of February 1, 2016, more than 40 participants from 15 countries have already confirmed their participation. Geography of Conference participants includes USA, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Germany, France, Spain, Poland, Macedonia, Israel, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Russia, Iran and other countries. Participants will represent insurance and reinsurance companies, broker and consulting agencies, state agencies and insurance market regulators, international donor organizations. The list of participants will be updated on a weekly basis. AgroInsurance Conference management invites private insurers from various countries to join the discussion of important technical aspects of agricultural insurance and advises to consider participation of key underwriting and technical staff. Special participation conditions may be provided specifically to direct insurance providers upon their request. Inquiries are accepted through the contacts, as follows: Official web page: www.agroinsconf.com Place for venue: Tbilisi Marriott Courtyard, Georgia Dates: April 11-13, 2016 Conference Organizer: AgroInsurance International LLC. - www.AgroInsurance.com Conference Manager: Ian Shynkarenko Contact phone: +995 599 3 777 01 Contact e-mail: email@example.com Source - www.agroinsurance.com
GEOSYS continues its growth and implements GEOSYS Europe in Switzerland, headquarters of its European Operations
GEOSYS the world leader in remote sensing decision support tools for agriculture, formalizes the creation of its new subsidiary in Switzerland, GEOSYS Europe, to better support its clients based in the Europe area and ensure proximity to major international decision-making centers of the agricultural industry. “Our European Sales Team has now its own legal entity which completes our geographical sales organization to cover large agricultural production areas. GEOSYS Europe will allow us to better support our customers in a context where Digital Agriculture knows a fast development phase.” Damien Lepoutre, GEOSYS President and Land O’Lakes VP, said. Pierre ROLLAND, appointed Director of GEOSYS Europe The new entity will be headed by Pierre Rolland, Director EMEA Operations. Pierre Rolland joined GEOSYS in 2005 as Sales Director and significantly contributed to the growth and sales organization in Europe. “The Swiss subsidiary is a platform close to our markets. I welcome this strategic step for the GEOSYS Group. Our double local and international dimension can thus be better valued for our major international clients.” Pierre Rolland said. A strategic location Based in Morges, near Lausanne, GEOSYS Europe benefits from a central geographical location, and offers a great technical support with a multicultural team and a strong presence in France (Paris and Toulouse) and Russia (Krasnodar - 3 resources). GEOSYS Europe becomes the fifth subsidiary of GEOSYS Group. About GEOSYS GEOSYS combines the most advanced agronomic research with information technologies like GIS and remote sensing to provide the most complete picture for crop production. With more than 25 years in business and projects in more than 50 countries, GEOSYS is the world leader for agricultural information and decision support tools based on remote sensing. GEOSYS has offices in Europe (Toulouse, France & Morges, Switzerland), North America (Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA), Australia (Sydney), and in South America (Campinas, SP, Brazil). About Land O’Lakes Land O'Lakes, Inc., one of America’s premier agribusiness and food companies, is a member-owned cooperative with industry-leading operations that span the spectrum from farm production to consumer foods. With 2014 annual sales of more than $15 billion, Land O'Lakes is one of the nation’s largest cooperatives, ranking 194 on the Fortune 500. Building on a legacy of more than 92 years of operation, Land O'Lakes today operates some of the most respected brands in agribusiness and food production including LAND O LAKES® Dairy Foods, Purina Animal Nutrition and WinField. The company does business in all 50 states and more than 60 countries. Land O'Lakes International Development is a division of the company helping to transform lives through agriculture and enterprise partnerships that are enhancing profitability and food security in developing countries around the world. Since 1981, this division has helped generate economic growth and improve the quality of life for millions of people through more than 275 projects in 76 developing nations. Land O'Lakes, Inc. corporate headquarters are located in Arden Hills, MN. Contact for more information on this press release: Mrs Céline TAZKY firstname.lastname@example.org www.geosys.com