Funding for Risk Management Education
Beginning, new and diversified producers, take note!According to NSAC, the National Sustainable Agricultural Coalition, a long-standing grant program run through USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) announced over $10 million in funding that will allow the RMA to enter into strategic partnerships with state extension programs and farmer-based non-profit organizations to teach farmers about risk management. Excerpt: The program prioritizes educating producers of crops and enterprises currently uninsured or under-served under Federal crop insurance, including specialty crops, livestock, and forage. It also prioritizes collaborative outreach and assistance programs for limited resource, socially disadvantaged, new and beginning and other traditionally under-served farmers and ranchers — including military veterans and organic growers. In total, the cooperative agreements for fiscal year 2013 will support crop insurance education and outreach in 45 states. Many of the projects will help farmers diversify production and marketing practices or will provide planning tools to help farmers get the insurance and credit that are often critical to their ability to stay in business or diversify their existing business. To see a full list of cooperative agreements made, click here for Education and Partnership agreements, and here for the Targeted States agreements.