FMH Celebrates 125 Years of Protecting Farmers

The 125th anniversary of FMH is March 4 and the annual meeting is March 5. This virtual ag newsroom includes links to photos and audio content available free of charge for digital or print publication or broadcast.

Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance Company of Iowa (FMH) is celebrating 125 years as an American-based, family-run insurance provider.

One of the oldest crop insurers in the United States, FMH was founded by farmers for farmers, based on the need to protect each other’s livelihood from the devastation of severe weather to crops.

FMH President and CEO Ron Rutledge

“We’re very proud to be celebrating our 125th anniversary,” said President and CEO Ron Rutledge. “We could not have made it this long without the trust of generations of farmers, commitment from independent insurance agents, support of our reinsurers, and dedication of our employees both in the office and field.”

Since forming in 1893, FMH has remained committed to providing America’s farmers with comprehensive risk management solutions. Current operations include private and federal crop insurance, reinsurance products and services, as well as farm and ranch insurance. The company serves a national writing area of 41 states.

“Farmers Mutual Hail continues to thrive after 125 years because of our mutual heritage that puts the policyholders first, because of the conservative management which has spanned six generations, and because of the continuous commitment of our employees who are proud to be a part of the FMH family,” said Rutledge.

Rutledge also explained that in an environment of increasing foreign buyouts, FMH champions its mutual company structure as an asset that will preserve its legacy as an American-owned and operated business.

“Crop insurance is – and has always been – our main business. As others were leaving the industry, we invested in it by purchasing John Deere Insurance Company, further proving our commitment to protecting farmers,” he added. “We are proud to call ourselves ‘America’s Crop Insurance Company.’”

The 2015 acquisition of John Deere Insurance Company also allowed FMH to enter the precision ag space by offering Precision Crop Insurance Solutions, which provide farmers the ability to use precision data for crop insurance claims adjustments and required reporting.

“Change is inevitable and like all companies, Farmers Mutual Hail has embraced the endless change that every company goes through to continue to be successful,” said Rutledge. “But even with all the changes that have occurred over the last 125 years, FMH has held on to the things that make it unique like our family atmosphere and our commitment to doing things right.”

This virtual ag newsroom includes links to photos and audio content available free of charge for digital or print publication or broadcast.

Audio Interviews:

Preview of Celebration:
David DeCapp, Senior VP of Marketing, Farmers Mutual Hail

Farmers Mutual Hail Celebrates 125 Years:
Interview with FMH CEO Ron Rutledge and COO Shannon Rutledge Interview with Patrick Faga, Farmers Mutual Hail EVP - Property and Casualty

Interview with Debbie Ladehoff, Farmers Mutual Hail VP Human Resources

Interview with Chock Hefner, Farmers Mutual Hail sales manager

Links to press materials:

FMH 125th Anniversary Photo Album
FMH Press Kit
Ron Rutledge photo
W.A. Rutledge photo
FMH Building photo
Ron and Shannon Rutledge
Debbie Ladehoff headshot
Patrick Faga headshot
Chock Hefner headshot
David DeCapp photo from 2017 Develop with Deere