Hoeven: North Dakotan Mike Clemens Selected for Farm Crop Insurance Corporation Board

Senator Recommended Clemens to be FCIC Farmer Industry Board Member

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today announced that North Dakota farmer Michael Clemens has been selected to serve as a Farm Industry board member on the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC) Board of Directors. Hoeven recommended Clemens, who runs a family farm outside of Wimbledon, for the position in a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. 

“We are pleased that USDA has selected Mike to serve on the FCIC Board,” said Hoeven. “Having an experienced and knowledgeable Board of Directors is integral to ensuring the FCIC is able to fulfill its mission and ensure a strong safety net for America’s farmers. Mike brings the right background and perspective. Not only has he run the family farm for nearly 40 years, but he has helped with the development and support of various crop insurance policies through his work with the sunflower and corn grower organizations.”

The FCIC helps facilitate a stable agriculture economy by promoting the necessary research and expertise to devise and implement crop insurance. The Board is also responsible for approving new policies and plans or any modifications to existing crop insurance plans. The FCIC is managed by a Board of Directors under the general supervision of the Secretary and the Risk Management Agency (RMA) Administrator. 

Clemens started farming in 1975 and has carried crop insurance for the entirety of his farming career. He and his wife have worked their family farm for 37 years, and currently farm with their eldest daughter, her husband and their son. The family currently produces corn, barley, soybeans and spring wheat and have also grown sunflowers, edible beans, winter wheat, canola, crambe and carrots in the past.