November 14, 2013
It’s not always easy for farmers to understand how to effectively manage the many risks they face on their farm, especially for new farmers just getting their operation up and running or diversified operations, including fruit and veggie growers who produce sometimes over 50 different crops. Fortunately, groups who are interested in helping to teach producers about their risk management options, including crop insurance, cover cropping, and crop diversification, can take advantage of a long-standing grant program run through USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA).
Earlier this fall, RMA announced over $10 million in funding to support projects run by private, public, and non-profit organizations to help educate farmers about how to manage financial, production and business risks on their farms. These recently announced cooperative agreements were made as part of two RMA Programs: the Risk Management Education Partnership Program and the Targeted States Program. In total, these two programs will invest $10 million this year into public-private partnerships that allow RMA to enter into strategic partnerships with state extension programs and farmer-based non-profit organizations in order to reach and train farmers in the field about effective risk management.
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.
This year, six NSAC member organizations received grants to provide training and outreach to farmers on risk management options, including:
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.
Categories: Beginning and Minority Farmers