Jason Langston of WD Ag Insurance Services Parsons has achieved the master farm certification designation from Nationwide Agribusiness Insurance Company, Des Moines, Iowa. Master farm certification is the next step in Nationwide Agribusiness’ On Your Side Farm Certification program. Master farm certified agents have an in-depth understanding of farming operations, provide detailed risk assessments, educate farmers and ranchers about exposures, match coverages to meet their needs and provide professional, knowledgeable service.

“We’re excited Jason Langston has become master certified,” said agency President Bob Wood. “We have made a commitment to help protect farmers and ranchers in our area with the highest levels of professionalism and service. Master certification tells our area farmers that we’ll keep investing in training to be sure we’re positioned to help protect them now and into the future.”

The master farm certified designation is also intended to help farmers and ranchers recognize agents who have made a continuing commitment to understanding the complex risks faced by the agriculture industry. Only agents who complete the program will be awarded the designation, and agents must uphold education and service commitments to retain their master certification.

“Nationwide Agribusiness developed this multi-level certification program to provide additional education and resources to insurance agents who have made a commitment to protecting farms and ranches,” said Jerry Hillard, farm sales AVP, Nationwide Agribusiness. “We’re proud of the agents who complete the program and are excited about the level of service farmers and ranchers can expect from partnering with master farm certified agents.”

WD Ag Insurance Services, 217 N. 17th, Parsons,  is a division of Wood-Dulohery Insurance Inc.

Jason can be reached at (620) 421-6900.

Realtors form SEKAR

Realtor boards representing Bourbon County, Coffeyville, Independence, Iola and Parsons have formed the Southeast Kansas Association of Realtors (SEKAR).  The newly formed association now represents nearly 150 real estate brokers, agents, appraisers and other business professionals who provide real estate related services in Southeast Kansas.  

According to Amber Gregory, president of the newly formed association, “This is an important milestone for organized real estate in Southeast Kansas. Merging our individual boards makes us a stronger voice at all levels of government and strengthens our role as an advocate for the property owners in Southeast Kansas.  Also, by combining our resources we are more capable of providing important services and support to all of our members.”

The 2016 Board of Directors of the SEKAR is made up of representatives of each merging board. Gregory of Premier Property Group in Independence is joined by Vice President Julie Eisele of Midwest Real Estate in Independence, Secretary/Treasurer Jessica Hensley of Heritage Homes Realty in Coffeyville, Carol Lydic of Hammons Realty Co. in Bourbon County (Fort Scott), Carol Mangan of George Realtors in Coffeyville, John Brocker of Allen County Realty Inc. in Iola, Jackie Freisberg of Midwest Real Estate Inc. in Independence and Jeanette Pemberton of Finley-Maloney Real Estate in Parsons.

The SEKAR holds membership meetings on a rotating basis at various locations in Southeast Kansas. In addition to real estate related news and information, the SEKAR provides Southeast Kansas Housing Market Statistical Summaries each month, which can be found online at http://sekrealtors.com/.

Gregory said, “As we join forces, we are even more committed to building better communities through local involvement.  There are none better to advocate for their communities than Realtors. We will continue to champion economic development, monitor local policy decisions, and will be the first to roll up our sleeves to get the work of local service organizations and charitable organizations done.”

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