Our Team


  Leonard Edwin (Eddie) Gilkison Jr. – eddie@fedcrop.com

  Eddie GilkisonHelping my Dad raise tobacco convinced me I needed a college education. We were primarily tobacco farmers but during the late 50’s early 60’s we had 300 ewes. Raising sheep will also send you to college. We farmed in Bourbon and Nicholas County’s moving full time to Nicholas County in 1962. I purchased a farm in Clark County in 1978 where my three children were raised and now we’ve started on the next generation living on the farm. I have a degree in Agriculture from the University of Kentucky in Agriculture. I am a Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) through the American Society of Agronomy and a graduate of the Nebraska School of Agriculture Bankers. I have been a licensed insurance agent since 1976. Co-Captain of the Nicholas County football team for two years, membership in Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity at UK, graduate of the Kentucky Ag Leadership program are things I like to brag about after I’m finished talking about my nine Grands (eight girls).


  • Southern States 1970-1971
  • East Kentucky Power 1971-1976
  • Banking – Kentucky Group 1976-1988
  • Chemical Rep. (Retired from Bayer) 1988-2001

I started working with Federal Crop Insurance as an Agriculture Banker and was invited to participate as a commissioned agent in about 1978. I have focused on my insurance agency full time since 2001. I am fortunate to have some of the best farmers in the US as customers.

John Hood Tebbs – RIP – 1945-2015

  John TebbsAgriculture was a part of John’s life from the very beginning; as he was raised on the family farm, and lived there until the day he died.   After completing school and entering  the business world, it didn’t take him long to realize that he needed to be back on the farm.  He had met and married his wife Mary while in school in Louisville, and they moved back to the farm with two small daughters.   John has either farmed, or been involved in the agriculture business ever since.


John began his crop insurance career in 1982 as a loss adjuster for the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation working tobacco claims in Central Kentucky.   In 1984, he became a loss adjuster for National Ag underwriters; a crop insurance company that eventually became Rural Community Insurance Services, the company FedCrop Insurance places their business with today.  In 1985, he became the field representative for RCIS for Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, and parts of Alabama, Virginia, and North Carolina.  As the crop Insurance business grew, he concentrated on fewer states, eventually ending his career with RCIS as the representative for the state of Ohio in 2009.

After retiring from RCIS, John was a full time agent for FedCrop Insurance with his business partner, Eddie Gilkison.  He very much enjoyed being an agent, and all the personal contact with the clients it brought.


  Brennan Edwin Gilkison – brennan@fedcrop.com

  Brennan Gilkison grew up in Clark County Kentucky. Upon graduation from high school, he attended Eastern Kentucky University where he obtained a B.S. Plant and Soil Science degree and also received his license to become an agent for crop insurance.Brennan then attended the University of Kentucky where he received a M.S. degree in Vocational Education (Agriculuture). As a graduate student he obtained a job with Pioneer Hi-bred Seed Company. While working with the seed company, Brennan began to expand his farming operation at home. Burley tobacco was the main crop, but now consists of burley tobacco, corn, soybeans, wheat, rye, cattle, custom planting and harvesting and a crop of black raspberries that are sold through CSA projects. While developing relationships and respect with producers in the seed business, Brennan has developed a unique partnership with producers for crop insurance business. While managing the farming operation, taking care of crop insurance customers and overseeing his public job responsibilities, Brennan continues to be an advocate for Agriculture whenever he can find the opportunity.


Along with the many responsibilities Brennan’s highest priority is his family, which consist of his Wife (Serena), twin girls (Rivers & Leland) and his mini me (Curry).

Check out what’s going on at the Gilkison Farm at: www.gilkisonfarm.com 


  Julia Newman – julia@fedcrop.com

  Julia NewmanJulia Newman is married to her husband of 19 years and has one daughter. She began her business career working in the facilities management/purchasing field with her previous employer of 14 years. The opportunity to change her business field came when FedCrop Insurance offered her a position. She has enjoyed working with them since the spring of 2009. Julia really enjoys getting to know the customers, and she thinks nothing of the travel that comes with the crop insurance business. Meeting and greeting the clients in their element is a pleasure for her as it reminds her of growing up on the family farm.The experience of being raised in the agricultural industry helped Julia realize that she belongs in the crop insurance field. It brings together the best of her former work environment and her current one. While challenging at times, it is also very rewarding to her.

Susan Tebbs – susan@fedcrop.com

  Susan TebbsSusan Tebbs joined the FedCrop Insurance team in January of 2011 after a successful career in the restaurant industry. She held a variety of different positions in the restaurant industry that included server, trainer, office assistant, catering coordinator and manager. Her experience in the restaurant industry has provided her with excellent organizational, management and customer service skills.Susan earned a bachelor degree in business administration from Midway College in Midway, Kentucky.

  Wyatt Schroder – wyatt@fedcrop.com

  Wyatt SchroderWyatt joined FedCrop in December of 2014, after gaining 6 years of crop insurance experience working directly with RMA approved insurance providers.  He grew up in Southern Michigan where his family raised grain and beef cattle, and operated a horse boarding and training facility.  After graduating high school, Wyatt’s passion for agriculture lead him to study Agricultural Business Management at Wilmington College in Ohio.  While at school he became president of the campuses agricultural fraternity, Delta Theta Sigma, he was very successful as a member of the collegiate equestrian team, and he worked at production hog facilities all across Southern Ohio.  After graduation, he went right to work in the crop insurance industry as a field adjuster and later a marketing representative.  Wyatt now lives in Darke County, Ohio on a small farm with his wife Dustina, daughter Elouise, and son Tripp.  He enjoys spending time outdoors with his family and competing in local and regional team roping events.

 Jacob Mattingly – jacob@fedcrop.com


Jacob joined the FedCrop team in September of 2019. Jacob grew up in Meade County, Kentucky where he worked on his grandparent’s beef cattle farm. He attended the University of Kentucky and received his Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics with a minor in Plant and Soil Science. While attending the University of Kentucky, Jacob was a collegiate member of the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity. He served many roles within the fraternity from Secretary, President, and Recruitment Chair, as well as served on the fraternity’s National Board as an Undergraduate Director. Upon graduating from the University of Kentucky Jacob accepted an opportunity with Corteva Agriscience as an Associate Territory Manager on the crop protection team and relocated to Memphis, TN. While with Corteva Jacob developed a wealth of industry knowledge and diversified his agriculture experience with rice and cotton being two of his main crop focuses in the Delta. Since joining the FedCrop team Jacob has returned home to the family farm in west central Kentucky. Jacob looks forward to serving his local growers and building his network as he aids in providing risk management tools for their farming operations.