June 7, 2013
The Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC), operating through the Risk Management Agency (RMA), has announced available funds totaling approximately $3 million for the Risk Management Education Partnerships Program. The deadline for applications is July 22, 2013.
The Risk Management Education Partnerships Program is a competitive cooperative partnership agreement program that provides crop insurance education and risk management training. It aims to help agricultural producers identify and manage production, marketing, legal, financial, and human risk.
The program prioritizes educating producers of crops currently uninsured under Federal crop insurance, specialty crops, and underserved commodities, including 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.
The minimum award for a cooperative partnership agreement is $20,000 and the maximum award is $99,999. The awards will be distributed on a competitive basis up to one year from the date of the award.
In addition to priority commodities, the program prioritizes projects that address one or more of the five areas of risk — Production, Legal, Financial, Marketing, or Human Risk — including:
In addition to the Risk Management Education and Partnerships Program described above, the FCIC has announced available funds totaling approximately $5 million for the Risk Management Education in Targeted States. The targeted states are Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming. Applications must demonstrate how the proposed crop insurance education activities will help producers in the targeted states understand the following:
Interested parties for either program may submit applications online here. The deadline is July 22, 2013.