Angie Hughes knows insurance. Her career spans over 30 years in the business. During that time many things have changed. “There are a lot more women in the insurance field now,” Hughes said. “We used to figure rates by hand, so technology is probably the biggest improvement.” Another area that has changed is writing new business now is a partner event. Each time she goes out to a farm to write a new policy she has an ag marketing underwriter with her. The underwriter is an employee of the Farm Bureau and is considered a specialist because the position only goes to someone who has an ag background. Hughes said the most common question she has answered for people interested in becoming clients is about the claims service and how fast they are paid. “Depending on the type of claim will depend on the action time, especially during harvest time,” Hughes said. “If it is harvest time and the equipment breaks down, we want to be on site same day. She also points out that weather also plays a big factor but expediting the claim takes priority. To become a client of Farm Bureau Insurance you must first join the Kansas Farm Bureau. Membership dues are $40. Members receive benefits and dues also are used to help with lobbying the legislature on ag issues. It is also used for educational purposes for children and adults about agriculture. “We encourage everyone to start planning early,” Hughes said. “It can be a very complex process so we work closely with people to make sure they are satisfied.” Another important area of the business is financial planning. The main emphasis is retirement planning for Hughes and her staff. Her team consists of an ag underwriter financial professional, including Anna Kleopper in sales and service associate Ashley Beien. “Our agency wants to help everyone, not just our clients, so we have educational seminars,” Hughes pointed out. “Our entire staff is dedicated to helping people.”
Angie Hughes knows insurance. Her career spans over 30 years in the business. During that time many things have changed.