It’s another first for Kansas City.
The International Association of Agricultural Production Insurers, an organization with members from 30 countries, will hold its 33rd conference in Kansas City starting Sunday and running through Wednesday.
This will be the first time an American city has hosted the Zurich, Switzerland-based organization’s event, which is held every two years.
The 64-year-old organization represents crop insurance companies around the world.
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About 270 registered guests are expected from 25 countries, said Laurie Langstraat, a vice president of public relations for Overland Park-based National Crop Insurance Services. Her company will host the conference at the Intercontinental hotel.
The conference will address issues dealing with rapid worldwide population growth and extreme and unpredictable weather patterns.
Delegates also will learn more about the American crop insurance system and how it can be adapted in other countries.
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is expected to attend and discuss farm policy. On Wednesday, convention delegates are set to tour a farm in Winchester, Kan.