Captive Insurance for the Agriculture Industry

The stats provide a small glimpse into the enormity of agriculture and the ever-growing demand for produce, meats, dairy, and other agricultural goods: 40% of today’s global population works in agriculture, making it the single largest employer in the world. In fact, the agricultural industry generates a whopping $338 billion in annual revenue in the U.S. alone.

But risk is still a concern among large and small operations alike and losses stemming from these risks can stall operations and ultimately, thwart profits.

Most agricultural businesses are family-owned, closely-held farms, who are at risk for business interruption due to severe weather, regulatory changes, supply chain disruption, and many other risks.

Forming a captive insurance company can help mid-market business owners get ahead of these exposures with custom-built coverages that fill insurance gaps. Additionally, writing supplemental coverage can eliminate high out-of-pocket costs in the case of a loss event. Forming a captive under IRC 831(b) may offer powerful financial benefits, such as a 0% Federal income tax rate on the captive’s underwriting profits.

Learn more about how captive insurance companies can help mitigate risk and promote better financial efficiency in this animated video:

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Have questions? Call Capstone at 713.800.0550, or submit your information via the form. One of our experts will be in touch. We’ll discuss how we can help you or your client form a captive insurance company to insure the risks of your agricultural business.

Fund Losses, Fight Agricultural Risks

Production risk is one of the biggest concerns among agriculture-related businesses—weather and other factors can affect the quantity and quality of goods.

As recent as 1988 and 2012, severe droughts slashed corn, soybean, and other crop production across large portions of the central United States. In 7 of the 10 years between 2000 and 2009, drought caused on average more than $4.7 billion in agricultural losses annually across portions of the United States (NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information, 2014).

By forming a captive insurance company, business owners in the agricultural industry can write comprehensive coverages that can keep their businesses resilient.

Here’s a sample of various other coverages that may be written through a captive insurance company:

  • Special risk – Weather-related Business Interruption
  • Regulatory Changes
  • Supply Chain Disruption
  • Loss of a Customer
  • Loss of a Major B2B Relationship
  • Loss of a Major Supplier
  • Equipment Breakdown and Engine Repair
  • Pollution Liability
  • Employment Practices Liability

So here’s how it works:

Agricultural companies pay premiums to the captive insurance company, just as they would to a commercial insurance company. Funds accumulate inside the captive and can fund losses in the case of a loss event. IRC 831(b) captives offer a 0% Federal income tax paid on the captive’s underwriting profits.

Moreover, if there is undistributed earned surplus, i.e. there are no claims made, the funds can be distributed as a dividend or as a secured loan back to the operating company. Premium costs are lower, because in the commercial markets, “special” coverages tend to be more expensive. These coverages may not be available at all commercially. Business owners have better control over their risk management efforts, more comprehensive coverages, and a more advantageous planning solution.

Bottom line: Captive insurance for agricultural companies is a powerful alternative to commercial insurance alone. Savvy business owners in agricultural who form their own captive insurance company can count on a new level of risk management, as they combat risk in such a competitive industry.

Comprehensive Captive Planning for Agricultural Businesses

Capstone is the most integrated and largest outsourced provider of captive insurance services for the U.S. middle market. Capstone offers platinum level captive planning and administers property & casualty captive insurance companies that provide alternative risk financing services throughout the U.S.

Now in its 26th year, Capstone provides turnkey services to businesses in the agricultural industry, and many others.

The company has an award-winning track record for standing with clients in the design, implementation, ongoing management, and defense of their property & casualty captive insurance programs. Capstone has successfully administered and successfully managed over 200 captives since 1998.

Capstone's staff of professionals includes Chartered Property & Casualty Underwriters, insurance experts, accountants, and administrators. The Capstone team is bolstered by long-standing relationships with outside CPAs, risk managers, property & casualty professionals, and actuaries.

Together, this team offers middle market companies the most comprehensive risk planning solution available.

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