A headshot of Pat Swanson

Iowa Soybean Farmer Selected for Federal Crop Insurance Board

September 29, 2020

Pat Swanson of Ottumwa has been selected to serve on the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC) board of directors.

Beginning her four-year term in November, Swanson will join five other farmers in overseeing the Federal crop insurance program, managed by the Risk Management Agency (RMA).

“I’m honored to represent Iowa farmers on this board and share how crop insurance can be most valuable to the Iowa producer,” said Swanson, who serves as a District 9 director for the Iowa Soybean Association. “I’m looking forward to learning more about how crop insurance programs are developed and analyzed before distribution.”

A Britt, Iowa native and Iowa State University graduate, Swanson operates a soybean, corn and cattle farm with her husband, Don and his family, near Ottumwa. She co-owns and operates Son Risk Management crop insurance agency and has served as an insurance agent since 2005.

Swanson applied for the role after discovering the opportunity through the American Soybean Association, where she serves on the Advocacy Communications Team.

“I’m truly humbled to serve in this capacity and I want to hear from other farmers on things they see as helpful or things they feel should be different,” she said. “I view myself as an advocate for agriculture and that will continue to be my role on the FCIC board.”

More information about the FCIC is available on the RMA website.

The Iowa Soybean Association (www.iasoybeans.com) is “Driven To Deliver” increased soybean demand through market development and new uses, farmer-focused research and results, timely information and know-how and policy initiatives enabling farmers and the industry to flourish. Founded in 1964 by farmers to serve farmers, ISA is governed by a board of 22 farmers to advocate on behalf of the state’s 40,000 soybean producers, including more than 15,000 ISA farmer members and industry stakeholders.