USDA'S Spokane, Wash., Risk Management Agency office announces that nearly $620,500 in partnership awards will support crop insurance education for small and underserved producers to receive information necessary to manage their risks and sustain their operations.
"RMA is committed to providing farmers and ranchers in the region the tools and information to help them effectively manage their agricultural risks from hardships and setbacks due to extreme weather conditions and market volatility," says Dave Paul, Spokane RMA director.
"We are very excited about the diversity of these partnership agreements. Through these projects, many Pacific Northwest and Alaska farmers and ranchers will be better equipped to address risk management related challenges on their farms and ranches."
RMA accepted proposals from public and private concerns such as colleges, universities, government agencies, non-profit, for-profit and other organizations.
All cooperative agreements were awarded based on merit, and the sampling of projects listed below were awarded in the RMA Spokane Regional Office area, which covers Idaho, Oregon, Washington and Alaska:
- Managing Marketing Risks for Small Acreage Forest Producers in San Juan County. This Washington project includes three educational workshops for forest products that address market risks so forest producers can sell timber produced through active management in local markets.
- Financial and Production Risk Management Training for Organic and Specialty Crop Growers in Oregon and Idaho. Delivers financial and production risk management training for organic and specialty crop producers in the two states, focusing on a new microloan program through the Farm Service Agency and organic pest management.
- Reduce Agricultural Risk through Soil Health Education. Delivers soil health and crop insurance education to producers and students in Oregon and Washington.
- Grower Training for Food Safety Risks and Global GAP Certification. Provides risk management education focused on compliance with the Food Safety Modernization Act,, Global GAP (good agricultural practices) certification, and USDA crop insurance programs to cherry and other specialty crop growers in the PNW.