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The Agribusiness and Farm Insurance Specialist (AFIS) program is a continuing education curriculum focusing on the insurance and risk management needs of agribusiness and farm operations. Those who complete the program are entitled to display the AFIS designation to certify their knowledge of agribusiness and farm insurance and risk management as well as their dedication to the agribusiness industry

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AFIS Certification Program:

The core curriculum for the AFIS program consists of five parts - AFIS 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 - that can be taken in any order. To earn the certification, participants must successfully complete the online core courses, the course study at the Emmett J. Vaughan Agribusiness Conference for each of the AFIS parts, or a combination of online and conference courses. After successful completion of all five exams, participants will earn the AFIS designation. Participants have five (5) years to take all five parts of the AFIS designation.

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Conference Information:

Designees are required to complete six (6) hours of approved continuing education each year.  Every three (3) years from the date the certification is received, AFIS Designees must earn the 6 hours of credit by attending the Emmett J. Vaughan Agribusiness Conference.  The conference credit hours must be completed by 12/31 each year.  There is no renewal fee for an AFIS designee that meets their CE renewal requirement by attending the Emmett J. Vaughan Agribusiness Conference.

Dual Credit CE Courses:

The AFIS program gives insurance agents and brokers a unique opportunity to simultaneously obtain both mandatory state insurance continuing education (CE) credit and a certification attesting to their knowledge of the insurance needs of this important industry. All five online core AFIS courses have been approved for CE credit in all states.  The conference classes have been approved in most states. If you are attending a conference to obtain CE credits, you should confirm that it is approved in the state for which you are seeking credit.  The number of hours approved varies by state. The amount of credit provided ranges between six and fourteen hours, depending on the course and state.

The chart below shows how the online courses match up with the current classroom courses. For example, if you have completed AFIS 1 and AFIS 2, you would need to complete AFIS 4 and AFIS 5 online or AFIS 3 at a Emmett J Vaughan Agribusiness Conference.

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Farm Property
Farm Liability

AFIS 1: Farm Property

AFIS 2: Farm Liability

Farm Auto
Workers Comp
Risk Management

AFIS 3: Farm Auto, Workers Comp, Umbrella

Equipment Breakdown
Farm Inland Marine 
Livestock Mortality
Ag Pollution
Management Liability

AFIS 4: Special Farm Property Insurance Lines (Equipment Breakdown, Farm Inland Marine, Livestock Mortality, Crop)

AFIS 5: Miscellaneous Farm Insurance Lines (Ag Pollution, Management Liability, Crime)

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