October 31, 2011
On Friday, October 28, USDA announced $13.5 million in grants to support crop insurance education and outreach in 47 states to ensure that small and underserved producers get the information they need to effectively manage their risk and remain productive. The grants were awarded as part of the fiscal year 2011 funding cycle for two programs administered by USDA’s Risk Management Agency: the Risk Management Education and Outreach Partnership Agreements program, and the Risk Management Targeted States Partnership Agreements program.
The purpose of these cooperative partnership agreements is to deliver crop insurance education and risk management training to U.S. agricultural producers to assist them in identifying and managing production, marketing, legal, financial and human risk, including States where there is a low level of crop insurance participation and availability.
These two programs give priority to partnerships that provide education and outreach to specialty crop producers (who are not currently insured under Federal crop insurance); underserved commodities (such as livestock and forage); and limited resource, socially disadvantaged and other traditionally underserved farmers and ranchers.
Many of the organizations that received grants from these RMA partnership programs offer risk management education to underserved producers and focus on crop diversification, farm viability, and place an emphasis on sustainably grown products. Of the 104 grants awarded this year, 21 went to NSAC member organizations, including:
NSAC will be advocating for increased funding for this important program that serves beginning and socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers across the country in the upcoming farm bill debates. NSAC has worked with champions in Congress to incorporate provisions into The Beginning Farmer and Rancher Opportunity Act of 2011 [HR 3236] that, if rolled into the farm bill, would expand and strengthen risk management education programs and place a particular emphasis on beginning farmers. To learn more about the bill, click here.
To learn more about RMA’s Risk Management Education and Outreach Programs, click here.
For a complete list of awards, click here.