The American Association of Crop Insurers (AACI) is a U.S. industry trade association that represents the private sector crop insurance industry on federal legislative, regulatory, and policy issues.
AACI was founded in 1983 on the premise that the political landscape surrounding agricultural policy continually changes and in order for the agricultural and risk management industry to be effective, a strong, unified voice in Washington, D.C. was needed. A diverse set of leaders with a common set of goals, a cooperative spirit, and critical expertise set about to create this voice and to promote market-based risk management tools for agricultural producers that are grounded with a sense of private sector principles and a customer-driven delivery system.
AACI membership, which is unique to the crop insurance industry, includes all private sector business components involved in marketing and servicing the federal crop insurance program. This diversity provides AACI with a unique understanding and perspective and allows the organization to effectively review, analyze, and influence the outcome of any issues relating to the crop insurance program.
AACI’s efforts in support of its mission, values, and goals are made possible through the strong support of thousands of members, stakeholders, farmers, ranchers, and growers who are spread throughout the U.S., and notably its Board of Directors, which includes representatives from all categories of its membership – a hallmark value of the association.
Additionally, AACI’s government relations strategy is built on having an experienced management team and fostering strong relationships with the administration and its relevant departments and agencies and Congress, as well as agricultural, conservation, and wildlife communities.
Since its inception, crop insurance has been a bipartisan program that has relied on leadership from both political parties. With Congress facing increasing budget pressures along with the growth and popularity of crop insurance as the primary risk management tool for farmers, AACI and its members will continue to work to protect the viability of the program. AACI has provided an indispensable voice for the crop insurance industry and will continue to be instrumental in shaping the landscape surrounding U.S. agricultural policy.
AACI’s mission is to advocate on behalf of all segments of the private sector crop insurance industry with a unified voice in an effort to promote and protect a viable, affordable, and diverse crop insurance program.
To fulfill this mission, AACI holds the following core values as the foundational principles of the organization.
AACI has identified the following strategic goals to align both its organizational mission and values.