Farm Insurance 101: Who’s Covered?

When it comes to farm insurance, it’s important to grasp the different categories of insured individuals.

Named Insureds

These are the people or organizations who are issued an insurance policy. It could be an individual farmer, a partnership, a corporation, or any other legal entity related to the farm. The policy can have multiple named insureds, including a combination of different business entities. For instance, a family farm policy may include the farmer, their spouse, and a limited liability company they created to manage the farm.

Automatic Insureds

These individuals or entities are automatically covered by the insurance policy because they have a close connection to the named insured. This often includes family members of the named insured, such as the farmer’s immediate family. They enjoy coverage without needing to be explicitly named in the policy.

Additional Insureds

Contracts play a significant role in farm operations. When a farmer enters into agreements with others, the contract may require the named insured farmer to add the other party to their insurance policy. For instance, if the farmer arranges to graze their cattle on someone else’s land, the landowner may be added as an insured on the farmer’s policy. These additional parties, added to the policy at the contract’s request, are called “additional insureds.” They receive coverage by means of an endorsement specifically designed for this purpose.

Farm insurance involves named insureds (those to whom the policy is issued), automatic insureds (individuals closely related to the named insured), and additional insureds (parties added to the policy through contractual agreements). By understanding these different insured statuses, farmers can ensure that the right people and entities are covered by their insurance policy, protecting their farm and its operations.

It is important to review the terms and conditions of your specific policy to understand the coverage provided.

To learn more about the insurance products available for farm risk management, reach out to Chelsea Heatherington at Kingsgate Insurance.

Chelsea Heatherington, Farm & Ag Specialist

Call or Text: 515-302-8400



International Risk Management Institute, Inc.

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