Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance
Amy D. Kraft
INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance will celebrate its 75th anniversary on October 17, 2009. On that date in 1934, the company was granted its charter to conduct business from the state of Indiana.
Organized by Indiana Farm Bureau, Inc., the company grew from a need for an insurance company that would protect Hoosier farmers. Since then, the companies now known collectively as Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance have extended that protection to hundreds of thousands of Hoosiers.
Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance believes in supporting the communities its employees and agents live and work in. The company slogan, "We're part of your life," is more than lip service. The company provides annual support to more than 50 charitable organizations across Indiana including American Heart Association, Indiana Down Syndrome Foundation, USO and the Fine Arts Society.
The company believes one of the best and most important ways to give back is by supporting the next generation. Encouraging the young people of Indiana is a solid investment in the future of Indiana. Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance supports Amber Alert, IHSAA Mental Attitude Award, FFA, 4-H, Indiana Young Farmers and offers the Teenage Driver Safety and Education Program and a Top Scholar premium discount.
Generous with its resources, Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance encourages its employees and agents to give back to their communities as well. The company sponsors a team for Race for the Cure, Mutt Strut and the Heart Walk. It hosts several blood drives during the year. In August 2009, the company sanctioned work shifts to assist on a Habitat for Humanity build hosted in the home office parking lot.
On June 6 and 7, 2008 storms pounded Indiana. By June 8, 41 counties had sufficient areas underwater to be declared disaster sites by Gov. Mitch Daniels.
"We're feeling the pain ourselves; we have members of the Farm Bureau family affected. We will do what we can." That simple statement by Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance CEO Jerry Canada started its own flood: one of relief.
Employees rallied together to open extra offices and offer longer and additional business hours to help victims of the flood. They staffed FEMA sites, donated clothing and bottled water. The company made a $25,000 donation to the American Red Cross of Greater Indianapolis. It also offered a goodwill gesture to clients affected by the flood. IFBI paid policyholders residing in designated disaster areas a one-time cash payment of $125 for each personal property claim filed as a result of the June 6-7, 2008, storms or subsequent flooding. The company also sanctioned a volunteer effort in Franklin and other devastated areas and allowed employees to use work time to travel and assist in the clean up of these areas.
Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance has served Hoosiers for 75 years. Organized in 1934 by Indiana Farm Bureau, Inc., the company has grown to include insurance products for auto, life, home, business and farm. Banking and other financial services and products are also available through its local offices. With a home office in downtown Indianapolis and 132 local offices in all 92 counties, Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance serves Hoosiers with more than 480 agents and 1,200 employees living and working throughout the state. The company is the largest writer of farm insurance and the second largest writer of auto and homeowners insurance in the state.