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United Fire Group, Inc. Management to Speak at the Keefe, Bruyette & Woods 2014 Insurance Conference on September 3, 2014 and Management Comments on August 2014 Losses

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa, Aug. 28, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- United Fire Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:UFCS) today announced that Randy A. Ramlo, President and Chief Executive Officer; Michael T. Wilkins, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer; and Dianne M. Lyons, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer; will be presenting at the Keefe, Bruyette & Woods 2014 Insurance Conference on Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at 3:40 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The conference site is the Crowne Plaza Times Square Hotel, 1605 Broadway, New York, NY. Management of United Fire Group, Inc. will be discussing the Company's financial results and business strategies during a live panel discussion which includes a question and answer format.

In preparing remarks for the upcoming KBW presentation, President and Chief Executive Officer Randy A. Ramlo commented, "During August, we have experienced an up-tick in the number of large losses in our Commercial Property and Commercial Auto lines of business, which will likely result in an underwriting loss for the quarter in these lines of business. Currently, Commercial Liability and Workers' Compensation lines of business are developing more favorably for the quarter. Frequency is unchanged for the quarter, but severity is up significantly due to some unusually large fire-related claims."

A link to the live webcast of the presentation will be available on a listen-only basis. Interested parties may access the webcast on United Fire Group's website at http://ir.unitedfiregroup.com/events.cfm on the day of the presentation. The webcast will be available for replay through December 2, 2014. A copy of the presentation slides will also be available on the website.

Disclosure of Forward-Looking Statements

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About United Fire Group, Inc.

Founded in 1946 as United Fire & Casualty Company, United Fire Group, Inc., through its insurance company subsidiaries, is engaged in the business of writing property and casualty insurance, reinsurance, and life insurance as well as selling annuities.

Through its subsidiaries, United Fire Group is licensed as a property and casualty insurer in 43 states, plus the District of Columbia, and is represented by approximately 1,200 independent agencies. The United Fire pooled group is rated "A" (Excellent) by A.M. Best Company.

United Fire Group's subsidiary, United Life Insurance Company, is licensed in 37 states, represented by approximately 1,000 independent life agencies, and rated "A-" (Excellent) by A.M. Best Company.

CONTACT: Anita Novak MBA, CPCU, ARM Director of Investor Relations 118 Second Avenue, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401 Phone: 319.399.5251 Email: ALNovak@UnitedFireGroup.com Website: www.unitedfiregroup.com

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