ANOKA, Minn. - January 30, 2014
To better serve the growing technology needs of its customers, Rural Community Insurance Services (RCIS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC), announced today it will be working with two leaders in agricultural technology: Ag Leader and Trimble. Farmers using Ag Leader’s SMSTM Software or Trimble’s Farm WorksTM Mapping software are now able to submit their field data electronically via RCIS’ Precision Farming service, a crop insurance data tool that provides farmers with the ability to upload their planting data electronically. The enhanced solutions will improve communication between the farmer and the agency, decrease paperwork and increase overall efficiency.
“As the role of technology in the farming industry continues to grow, farmers need access to improved technology to help with data management and recordkeeping,” said Rick Greenwood, CIO of RCIS. “With our expanded technology platform and collaboration with Ag Leader and Trimble, RCIS provides farmers with the tools and support they need to efficiently manage risk and their businesses.”
The new improvements will decrease data entry and provide the producer and the agent direct access to their policy data. New features include performance improvements, the ability to support a multi-file import, and training for both agents and farmers.
“These enhancements will be valuable additions to what RCIS provides farmers,” said Steve Manning, a farmer insured by RCIS. “I look forward to seeing how their new collaboration will help me to use the data I collect during planting and harvesting, and speed up how quickly I’m able to report this information with my crop insurance agent.”
“Ag Leader and Trimble provide great value to our business by increasing our capabilities and providing farmers with an improved user experience including less paper, and faster response time and payment,” Greenwood continued.
About Rural Community Insurance Services
RCIS provides insurance and superior services through leading agents to protect America’s farmers and ranchers. It’s been a leading innovator in crop insurance since the crop insurance business was privatized by the federal government in 1980. Today it’s the nation's largest crop insurance provider, offering risk management protection in all 50 states through a national network of more than 4,000 professionally trained and licensed agents. RCIS and RCIC, the insurance company subsidiary of RCIS, are both wholly owned subsidiaries of Wells Fargo & Company.
Learn more at www.rcis.com.
About Ag Leader
Ag Leader Technology, Inc. is a pioneer and recognized technology innovator of precision agriculture hardware and software. Located in Ames, Iowa, USA, the company manufactures and markets industry leading precision farming technology designed to help growers make smart, profitable business decisions. Founded in 1992, the company has achieved consistent growth and expansion by providing value-based products that help growers and agricultural professionals achieve and maintain a successful, profitable operation. For more information, visit www.agleader.com.
About Trimble’s Agriculture Division
Trimble’s Agriculture Division is a leader in precision agriculture, GPS and guidance solutions that help customers operate farm vehicles and implements more efficiently, save on input costs and increase yield and productivity. To ensure better decision making, Trimble offers an integrated operations management solution called Connected Farm that provides information exchange across the entire farm using industry-leading software and hardware. Additional Trimble solutions include vehicle and implement guidance and steering; application control for seed, liquid and granular products; laser- and GPS-based water management technology; and a harvest solution.
For more information on Trimble Agriculture, visit: www.trimble.com/agriculture.