The role of a crop adjuster is to inspect fields where an insurance claim has been made as a result of weather, insects, disease or other problems. Crop adjusters measure fields and storage bins and discuss findings of crop loss with farmers. Daily tasks of a crop adjuster may include conducting appraisals of damaged crops, assisting with gathering and documenting claim information, taking photos, preparing claim paperwork and communicating with policy holders.
What Responsibilities Will I Have?
- Complete field inspections by reading maps and studying aerial photos after a loss is reported
- Articulate company’s position on industry topics such as new specialty crops that need to be developed
- Follow appropriate government and company rules, laws, regulations and procedures
- Perform fact-finding regarding crop damage and record findings
- Transmit loss information to accurately determine potential indemnities
- Communicate with customers and maintain high levels of customer service
- Utilize company software to electronically transmit claims information directly from the field to the corporate office
- Maintain an up-to-date knowledge of industry standards and procedures current to your role
- Convey regulations and interpretations on claim situations
- Effectively and efficiently manage claim workload
- Maintain knowledge of USDA Risk Management Agency rules and regulations
- Attend training sessions as directed, which are generally at the state, regional or national level
Recommended High School Courses:
- agricultural education
- crop science
A high school diploma is required for entry-level positions. Some states require a Claim Adjuster Proficiency Program certification and other state licenses.