Steve Nicklaus

The Crop Shop, LLC
475 N Shore Dr, #2E
Clear Lake, IA 50428-8849
Voice: 515-290-5090


Welcome to The Crop Shop website. I am Steve Nicklaus, owner and “trying to retire” partner within our organization. I previously owned and operated a full service independent insurance agency for over 20 years before selling and working part time for the new owner. I learned quickly that I wasn’t employee material and headed back out to do my own thing.

I love the challenge of thinking outside the box and creating new products geared toward the Ag industry. I created a dividend crop hail program as well as a dairy gross margin organization. The latest and greatest of these is of course the specialized errors and omissions policy we offer for Seed Salespersons.

As much as I enjoy the work I do, I am fully engaged in enjoying life along the way. My wife Sue and I love to travel and we enjoy watching the Iowa State basketball teams either in person or on tv. I like to bike, grill, and even fill in for our pastor on occasion! We have two daughters, Shelly being the oldest (she loves it when I introduce her that way!) 2 son in laws and 2 perfect grandchildren… Yes, it is appropriate to laugh here 🙂


  • Owner/Partner, The Crop Shop, LLC, Clear Lake, IA
  • Innovator and developer of Unique and Specialized Errors & Omissions Protection Program for Seed Salespersons, Granular CSA’s and Crop Consultants
  • Independent insurance agent with primary emphasis on crop and farm related risk management protection products since 1981 as Owner, Manager & Primary Agency Producer
  • Founder/Partner of The Crop Shop, LLC; Advantage Ag Insurance, LLC; Dairy Gross Margin Insurance, LLC; and Crop-Link, LLC
  • Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa: Bachelor of Science
  • Annual and Extended Continuing Education
  • CCIC Certified Crop Insurance Counselor
  • Member of the Independent Insurance Agents of Iowa in good standing

” I found years later I was the first Professional Liability Errors&Omissions client of The Crop Shop. I have known, or known of, Steve Nicklaus for over 40 years. I trust him, and when he said he had a good policy designed just for my exposures developed with input from Pioneer I bought it. I had carried a general errors and omission policy before. The Crop Shop policy has many more coverages with less exclusions, specifically designed for my exposures and at a significantly lesser premium than I paid before. Even my then insurance agent said it was better than he could offer.

I would suggest your talking with Shelly or Steve. “