Providing the IT backbone for the U.S. Department of Agriculture Risk Management Agency is a matter of national security, and SAIC is delivering the latest cutting-edge solutions to America’s heartland.
Farming is a high-tech industry, and as it continues to evolve, SAIC is keeping pace with the latest technology to help the U.S. Department of Agriculture Risk Management Agency (USDA RMA) secure America's food supply.
USDA RMA operates and manages the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC), through which the agency provides our nation’s farmers and ranchers with crop insurance via private insurance companies. The selling and servicing of these insurance policies is facilitated through an SAIC-managed IT infrastructure, which includes USDA RMA’s website, mobile application, service desk support, software development, and more. SAIC has supported USDA RMA for 15 years and under a recently awarded contract, will continue supporting the agency for another five.
Watch the video of the SAIC team in Kansas City, Missouri, and how they are supporting the USDA to make farming a viable career path.
By providing farmers and ranchers with crop insurance protection, USDA RMA is helping to mitigate financial losses, and possibly bankruptcy, after one natural disaster. And by making these services easily accessible to farmers and ranchers, our solutions bridge the two.
“USDA RMA’s main mission is to secure the food supply for the nation, and that is a matter of national security. Whenever SAIC is helping USDA RMA, we are also helping the millions of customers that USDA has and that’s our goal,” added Jay Akhtar, SAIC enterprise architect for cloud solutions.
According to RMA, most claims are the result of three weather-related disasters – drought, excess moisture, and hail – with the remaining claims divided among 27 different causes, including crop-damaging frost and tornados. Providing affordable crop insurance is the USDA’s solution to strengthening the economic stability of agriculture producers and rural communities.
As the agricultural industry evolves and becomes more high tech, SAIC is ensuring that farming is still a viable career path for many breadbasket natives by employing more than 300 people to work for the USDA in Kansas City, Missouri, including 160 new jobs added within the past two years.
“By having all of the IT development in Kansas City, our staff has a greater awareness about the agriculture industry than if this work was being performed elsewhere, where agriculture is not a primary business,” said Heath Star, SAIC program manager.
SAIC Enterprise Architect Ron Higgerson (middle) and Program Manager Heath Starr on Higgerson’s farm outside Kansas City, Missouri.
"Most of our employees understand crop systems and how they work because they grew up here. We are developing a community-based solution because the people who are here working these programs have grown up in and around this area and understand the value of the mission that we are serving," Starr continued. "We have an opportunity to support our friends and neighbors so that they can continue to make a living."