FBL Financial Group Holds Annual Meeting and Declares Quarterly Dividend - StreetInsider.com FBL Financial Group Holds Annual Meeting and Declares Quarterly Dividend - StreetInsider.com

Thursday, May 17, 2012

FBL Financial Group Holds Annual Meeting and Declares Quarterly Dividend - StreetInsider.com

FBL Financial Group Holds Annual Meeting and Declares Quarterly Dividend - StreetInsider.com

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- FBL Financial Group, Inc. (NYSE: FFG) today announced that its Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.10 per share to owners of Class A and Class B common stock and held its annual meeting on May 16, 2012 .

The dividend will be payable on June 29, 2012 to shareholders of record as of June 15, 2012. There are 26,503,823 shares of Class A common stock and 1,192,990 shares of Class B common stock, for a total of 27,696,813 shares outstanding.

During the annual meeting, FBL Financial Group shareholders elected eight Class A Directors and five Class B Directors to one year terms ending at the annual meeting in 2013. In addition, shareholders approved by non-binding vote, executive compensation, approved terms for performance based compensation plans and ratified the appointment of Ernst & Young LLP as its Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm for 2012. At the meeting Chief Executive Officer James E. Hohmann and Chief Financial Officer James P. Brannen reported on the state of business. Their comments and accompanying slides are available on FBL's website, www.fblfinancial.com.

FBL Financial Group is a holding company whose primary operating subsidiary is Farm Bureau Life Insurance Company. FBL Financial Group underwrites, markets and distributes life insurance and annuities to individuals and small businesses. In addition, FBL Financial Group manages all aspects of two Farm Bureau affiliated property-casualty insurance companies for a management fee. For more information, please visit www.fblfinancial.com.


FBL Financial Group, Inc.Kathleen Till Stange, 515-226-6780Investor Relations Vice PresidentKathleen.TillStange@FBLFinancial.com

Source: FBL Financial Group, Inc.

George Zimmerman Making Money on Infamy - YAHOO!

COMMENTARY | Guilty or not, accused Trayvon Martin killer George Zimmerman has made a lot of money in donations towards his legal defense fund and living expenses. A news release from May 16 touts Zimmerman's official legal defense fund has raised $15,424 since the new fund was established May 3. Previously, an account set up by Zimmerman before his legal representation netted more than $200,000.

The site states around $30,000 was used to help Zimmerman go into hiding. Another $20,000 of funding is kept liquid for living expenses. That totals $50,000.

That's more than many Americans make in a year. And this is all because Zimmerman shot someone.

The case features two American ideologies that seem to be in conflict. Zimmerman has a right to make money the way he sees fit. In the Internet age, asking for donations through online giving is a perfectly legal and free market way to earn cash.

The other American ideal at stake is that of being innocent until proven guilty. No matter what new evidence or hearsay is released to the media, Zimmerman still deserves a trial of his peers to determine innocence or guilt. Zimmerman's legal defense fund may even continue beyond his trial if he is found not guilty. The ensuing controversy may force the man to go into hiding even further which would require even more money.

Martin's family has seen similar outpourings of money. The Kansas City Star reports the family has raised more than $100,000 to start a criminal advocacy foundation in Martin's name. Another $40,000 of time off was given to Sybrina Fulton, Martin's mother, by co-workers at the Miami-Dade housing authority.

Both sides of the emotional issue are trying to move forward. Legal entanglements and life-changing events can be traumatic. They are also times for friends and family to gather around close to help get through difficult moments.

Supporters of Zimmerman and Martin's family have banded together to help. One man needs money for fear of his life. The dead man's family needs money to deal with the heavy burden of losing someone they love. No matter the outcome of the trial, one thing is clear. Martin's death has galvanized two opposing forces in this great country.

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