Farm Bill Meetings


FSA Farm bill meetings

Informational Farm Bill Meetings

FSA personnel will give updates on 2014 Farm Bill

All meeting times are 9:00 am & will run approx.. 1 hour

Q&A following @ approx. 10:00

Tuesday Sept. 23, 2014 @ American Legion Hall, Hope N.D.

Wednesday Sept. 24, 2014 @ Ranch Steakhouse, Devils Lake, N.D.

Friday Sept. 26, 2014 @ McVille Café, McVille, N.D.

Ihry Insurance recognized as Grinnell Mutual top agency


Ihry Insurance was recently named to the 2014 Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company President’s Club. The agency’s North Dakota office locations include: Devils Lake, Grand Forks, Hillsboro, Hope, McVille, Page, Towner and West Fargo. Ihry Insurance also has agents in Mahnomen, Minnesota.

Recognized by Grinnell Mutual President and CEO Larry Jansen, Ihry Insurance ranks among the company’s top 50 agencies and 12 farm mutual companies for outstanding achievement in the insurance profession and for superior performance. President’s Club members provide insight on key insurance and business issues to Grinnell Mutual.

The agents and staff at Ihry Insurance were presented with a plaque and letter of recognition from Grinnell Mutual for the agency’s notable achievement.

Ihry Insurance Grinnell Mutual Award

Donation Made in Honor of Former North Dakota Soldier


Local hero Eric Mewes

At the recent annual meeting for Diversified Crop Insurance Services, an auction was sponsored by Agrifinancial Services, the financial division of CGB Enterprises. The auction items varied from special high quality bourbons to trips with airfare. The items were donated by both Agrifinancial and CGB Enterprises, and the proceeds of the auction were sent to the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP).

The winners of the auction were a group of agents from the upper Midwest, including Gary and Mary Ihry of Ihry Insurance. The Ihry’s humbly made the donation to the Wounded Warrior Project in the name of a local hero, Eric Mewes, due to his service to his country and community.

Specialist Eric Mewes, a 2002 Hope-Page graduate, had only been in the Army for one year when he was deployed to Afghanistan. Two months into his stay, Mewes was riding in a military vehicle when a 200 pound bomb exploded under the vehicle.

The explosion shattered both of his legs and created other wounds to his lower body.

The Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) mission is to honor and empower individuals who have been injured in the line of duty to our country. The Project works to raise awareness of the needs of our injured service members, help them work together, and then to create programs to help them with their needs. The Project is a national, non-partisan organization. Their headquarters are in Jacksonville, Florida. To learn more about how you can help, visit their website at

Garrison Hired at Ihry Insurance


Chelsey Garrison joined our team in February 2014 as a Customer Service Representative in our West Fargo location. Chelsey has over 5 years of experience in the financial services industry.

Chelsey lives in Fargo. In her personal time, she likes to spend time with family and friends, travel, go antique shopping, and do anything outdoors.

Chelsey Garrison of Ihry Insurance

Crop Insurance Meetings


Our annual crop insurance meetings are set for the last week in January 2014, and we’re pleased to announce that Stu Voigt, former Minnesota Vikings tight end, will be the headline speaker for the event. Stu’s speech, titled The Winning Edge, focuses on the “work hard, go far” mentality that you need to be successful in any career—whether it’s professional football, sales or farming.

Stu Voigt played 11 years with the Minnesota Vikings. He started in three Superbowls and finished his career as the Vikings all-time leading tight end receiver holding records in yardage, receptions and touchdowns. He was also a premiere blocking tight end. Voigt was named to the Vikings All-Time team in 1985 and in 2010 named as one of the 50 Greatest Vikings.

Voigt had an illustrious career at the University of Wisconsin where he lettered in football, baseball and track. He was the Badgers MVP in football in 1969 and is the Big 10’s last three sport letterman. Voigt was elected to the Wisconsin Hall of Fame in 2000. He received his BBA and Masters Degree from the UW where he majored in management.

Voigt is currently involved in the real estate and banking business in Minneapolis. He has worked in the broadcast industry as a commentator for Viking and Badger football since his retirement in 1980. Stu and his wife, Linda, currently live in Apple Valley, Minnesota.

The annual meeting is sponsored by Ihry Insurance to bring in regional experts to discuss the outlook on area crops for 2014 and beyond. Along with Voigt, we have three other speakers lined up to attend.

Area farmers and those interested in agriculture are invited to attend. This meeting is open to the public. Space is limited. If you have any questions, please contact our Hope office at 1-888-726-7929.

Stu Voigt, Former NFL Tight End, Minnesota Vikings
Mr. Voigt’s speech, The Winning Edge, will focus on how using the “work hard, go far” approach can be used to be successful in any career.

Rich Morrison, Risk Management Analyst, Diversified Crop Insurance Services
Mr. Morrison is the force behind Diversified Services’ daily market call. He devotes his energy to helping Diversified Services’ clients limit revenue risk and be more profitable.

Mike Gauer, Regional Manager, Diversified Crop Insurance Services
Mr. Gauer will discuss some of the new crop insurance rules that could affect you in 2014.

Bill Medley, National Sales Manager, CFB Agri Financial Services
John Dreckman, Regional Sales Officer, CFB Agri Financial Services
Mr. Medley and Mr. Dreckman will give a short presentation on how his company can benefit your farming operation.

Dale Ihry, Program Specialist, Farm Service Agency
Mr. Ihry will discuss current and future farm programs.

Meeting Schedule:
Devils Lake, ND
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
9:30 a.m. – Coffee; 10:00 a.m. – Meeting
The Ranch Steakhouse

Hope, ND
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
3 p.m.
The American Legion

Mahnomen, MN
Thursday, January 30, 2014
3 p.m.

Doug & Darlene Spaeth Farm
*Dale Ihry will not be at this meeting.

Fargo, ND
Saturday, February 1, 2014
1 p.m.
Ramada Plaza Suites