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United Fire Group, Inc. Appoints John-Paul ("JP") E. Besong to Its Board of Directors and Declares Regular Dividend on Common



United Fire Group, Inc. Appoints John-Paul ("JP") E. Besong to Its Board of
Directors and Declares Regular Dividend on Common Stock

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa, Feb. 15, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Board of Directors
of United Fire Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:UFCS), today, declared a regular quarterly
dividend on the common stock of $0.15 cents per share at its meeting on
Friday, February 15, 2013. This dividend will be payable March 15, 2013, for
shareholders of record as of March 1, 2013. Our company has paid dividends
every quarter since March 1968.

The Board of Directors also appointed John-Paul E. Besong to the Board of
Directors. Mr. Besong is Senior Vice President of e-Business for Rockwell
Collins, a Fortune 500 company based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Mr. Besong is a
strong community supporter and member of various industry and community
boards. He currently serves on the boards of directors of Lean Aerospace
Initiative (LAI), Junior Achievement (Cedar Rapids area), Mercy Medical
Center, Iowa Public Television Foundation, Technology Association of Iowa
(TAI) CIO advisory Board, and is a member and former chair of the executive
board of TAI.

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

Our subsidiary, United Life Insurance Company, is licensed in 36 states,
represented by more than 900 independent life agencies and rated an "A-"
(Excellent) by A.M. Best Company.

The United Fire Group, Inc. Logo is available at
http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=11691

CONTACT: Anita Novak MBA, CPCU, ARM
         Director of Investor Relations
         Phone: 319.399.5251
         Email: ALNovak@UnitedFireGroup.com
         Website: www.unitedfiregroup.com

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