Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Georgia Farm Bureau Joins NICB

/PRNewswire / -- The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) announced today that the Georgia Farm Bureau is the newest addition to NICB's 1,000-plus member companies. They join existing NICB farm bureau members in Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina, Texas and Virginia.

The Georgia Farm Bureau Insurance Companies, headquartered in Macon, Ga., include the Georgia Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company and the Georgia Farm Bureau Casualty Insurance Company. Both are dedicated to serving the more than 430,000 member families of the Farm Bureau in Georgia.

Founded in 1959, the Georgia Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company is celebrating its 50th year of service to its members. The company was started at a time when farmers and rural Georgians were having a difficult time finding insurance coverage.

The Georgia Farm Bureau Federation members decided to act and pooled their money to create a company which is now the state's largest domestic property-casualty insurance company. The company employs over 550 insurance agents and claims representatives located throughout the state to serve its members' needs.

Georgia Farm Bureau is a preferred risk writer of farm, home, auto and light commercial insurance.

"We're proud to add the Georgia Farm Bureau to our growing organization," said Joe Wehrle, NICB president and chief executive officer. "NICB continues to add new members as insurers recognize the value of NICB's services in vehicle theft and insurance fraud and show interest in our increased emphasis on medical fraud, cargo theft and heavy equipment theft. NICB member companies now write more than 81 percent of the nation's nearly $416 billion worth of property casualty insurance premiums."

About the National Insurance Crime Bureau: headquartered in Des Plaines, Ill., the NICB is the nation's leading not-for-profit organization exclusively dedicated to preventing, detecting and defeating insurance fraud and vehicle theft through information analysis, investigations, training, legislative advocacy and public awareness. The NICB is supported by more than 1,000 property and casualty insurance companies and self-insured organizations.

Anyone with information concerning vehicle theft and insurance fraud can report it anonymously by calling toll-free 1-800-TEL-NICB (1-800-835-6422) or by visiting our web site at www.nicb.org.

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