The USDA's Risk Management Agency in Spokane, Wash., announces that $697,205 in partnership agreement awards to support crop insurance education and outreach to help small and underserved producers get the information they need to manage risk and remain productive.
RMA is providing farmers and ranchers with tools and information to help ensure they succeed.
Hopefully, the program will help subscribers overcome impacts of extreme weather conditions and market volatility.
"We are very excited about the diversity of these partnership agreements and believe, through these programs, many Pacific Northwest farmers and ranchers will be better equipped to address the many risk management related challenges they face."
Among the funded educational programs are the following, listed by the organization receiving the funding:
•RightRisk LLC: "Crop Insurance and Risk Management Training, New, Socially Disadvantaged, Women, Transitional, and other Ag Producers of Livestock, Forage, Barley and Specialty Crops." This program promotes sustained profitability for ag producers through effective risk management decision making.
•Washington State Department of Agriculture: "Serving Washington state with bi-lingual video and radio resources on production, marketing and human risk management strategies for specialty crop producers, new/beginning producers, women and Hispanic producers." For development and extending innovative tools for outreach to currently underserved farmer.
•Seattle Tilth Association: "Seattle Tilth Farm Works: Teaching Risk Management through Good Farming Practices to New, Beginning, and Limited Resource Small Acreage Producers of Specialty Crops." This project is designed to assist participants in understanding and managing production, marketing, financial, human and risk through education workshops.
•Washington State University: "Building Business Planning, Financial Management and Marketing Skills among Small, Limited Resource, Beginning, Women, and Immigrant Farmers." This effort offers management solutions in a community-based, multilingual, and participatory learning format.
•Adelante Mujeres: "Emerging Farmers Training Program for New, Beginning and Hispanic Farmers in the Willamette Valley, Ore." Outreach, training and assistance on risk management strategies to immigrant and emerging farmers in the upper Willamette Valley and Portland, Ore. metro area stressing special emphasis on topics of production, marketing and finance.
•Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticide: "AGR-Lite, Marketing Strategies, and Financial Tools for Specialty Crop Producers in Idaho and Oregon." Provides training tools to assist producers in managing their production, marketing, financial and human risk associated with accessing new markets.
•Northwest Natural Resource Group: "Forest Management and Marketing Strategies for Small Acreage Forest Producers in San Juan County." Mitigate production and marketing risk for small forest producers in the San Juan Islands of Washington through educational workshops and training sessions.
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