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James Allen now covers African swine fever


Disease presents a significant threat to pork producers and other livestock operations

INDIANAPOLIS – James Allen Insurance (JAI) launched a new African swine fever (ASF) policy designed to protect pork producers and other livestock farmers in the wake of the disease outbreak abroad. The policy encompasses breed-to-wean and farrow-to-finish operations, contract growers, genetic companies and financial institution protection. ASF has the potential to significantly disrupt and damage the agriculture industry.

Recent outbreaks in China and Belgium are causing concern across the globe, and JAI determined it was the right time to act. The company has progressively found solutions to address modern agriculture problems with supportive programs in 47 states.

“Our job is to protect farmers,” said JAI CEO Tim Craig. “If ASF spreads to the U.S., the economic impact to the agricultural industry, to states, and on the federal level would be devastating. We’ve worked with our reinsurance partners in Europe and with many syndicates at Lloyd’s of London to design an innovative program that provides comprehensive coverage at a very reasonable cost.”

JAI works with farmers to create personalized policy plans for their operation based on the number of sows and hogs on their farm. Its policies for porcine reproductive & respiratory syndrome (PRRS), porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED), African swine fever and foot-and-mouth disease cover financial losses resulting from an unfortunate outbreak of one of these diseases.

“All producers need to be aware of the James Allen Insurance ASF coverage available to you,” said Joseph Connor, DVM, MS, president of Carthage Veterinary Service, Ltd. “I encourage each individual producer to evaluate and properly assess their risk. Keep in mind, the risk will likely increase before the situation stabilizes.”

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