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Meeting focuses on wildfire insurance

Issue Date: June 23, 2021

California Farm Bureau President Jamie Johansson, right, discusses availability and affordability of wildfire insurance during a roundtable meeting with state Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara. The meeting, held at Booker Vineyard in Paso Robles, was the second in a series organized by the California Farm Bureau and county Farm Bureaus, to highlight the difficulties farmers and ranchers have faced in purchasing affordable insurance in the wake of damaging wildfires across the state. Senate Bill 11, a Farm Bureau-sponsored measure, would adjust California FAIR Plan Association insurance guidelines to allow more farmers and ranchers to qualify for the "last resort" coverage. Farm Bureau has also worked with Nationwide to offer a "difference in conditions" policy to supplement FAIR coverage for farmers and ranchers who qualify. Listening to Johansson at the meeting, from left: Santa Barbara County Farm Bureau President Sheldon Bosio; San Luis Obispo County Farm Bureau President Hilary Graves; Commissioner Lara; and Tony Cignarale, deputy commissioner with the state Department of Insurance. During a third roundtable discussion Monday in Paradise, Lara announced his support for SB 11.

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