Grains of Knowledge

2010 Pennsylvania Dairy Summit

On February 3rd and 4th, we partnered with the Bernard C. Morrissey agency for a booth at the 2010 PA Dairy Summit in Lancaster.  There were a number of excellent speakers, including dairy farmers and others from the industry.  Since we had just had several inches of snow, we simply had to walk outside to keep our ice cream frozen.  The highlights of the two day event (other than the ice cream) included: Early Bird Session – Gave farmers the opportunity to hear from 3 of their peers on how benchmarking has helped them improve their efficiency and resulting production. […]

Ohio Pork Congress – Pigs, People and Snow!

This week we braved the snow to attend the Ohio Pork Congress in Columbus, Ohio. The morning session of this annual event included a trade show, a general session, and speeches from Dr. Ron Plain, Lawrence Firkins and Sarah Probst Miller. The topics ranged from the general outlook for the pork industry in 2010 to employee engagement to the process and related financial impact of individual pig care. Overall, this was a great event to attend for many reasons. One of the main benefits was to see our customers and the businesses that support the pork industry. It is important […]

Making a Statement – Westfield Group 2010 Annual Meeting

This morning, I attended the 162nd Westfield Group Employee Annual Meeting (it’s amazing to work for a company that’s been here since 1848!).  This corporate presentation is one that I look forward to every year as we take time to re-cap the events of the previous year, but also take the time to frame up the initiatives that will take place in the coming months. This year’s theme was “Making a Statement” and my major take-aways included: Pride in the fact that the actions of our company are grounded in our strong core values – ethical conduct, financial integrity and respect for […]

Welcome to Westfield’s’ AgriBusiness Division

We may be new to blogging, but we’ve been in business since 1848!  With 162 years of insurance expertise, we intend to use this venue as a place to share our thoughts on insurance and agricultural industry trends and happenings, farm and commercial agribusiness insurance policy structure, information on specific types of farms and agribusinesses, resources for greater learning and much more!  With that being said, welcome to the Westfield Insurance AgriBusiness Division blog, we hope that you make us a favorite on your web browser! To help you get a feel for who we are and what we’re all […]

2010 Keystone Farm Show

The 12th annual Keystone Farm Show was a great success, getting the year off to a good start by showcasing the continued prosperity of Pennsylvania’s production agriculture industry. Farm shows, and the cruddy weather that’s characteristically associated with them, are synonymous in welcoming the New Year in Pennsylvania. Fortunately, the weather held out for this year’s show and provided the outside exhibitors some relief from the usual sloppy precipitation, The brisk winds, however, brought a thoughtful reminder that it’s farm show time again! As always, the show was enjoyable, bringing together faithful farmers, ag enthusiasts and agribusinesses with a genuine […]