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The Intertribal Agriculture Council conducts a wide range of programs designed to further the goal of improving Indian Agriculture. The IAC promotes the Indian use of Indian resources and contracts with federal agencies to maximize resources for tribal members.

USDA Makes $8.85 Million Available in Risk Management Education Funding – Applications Now Being Accepted

May 17, 2017

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of agriculture’s (USDA) Risk Management Agency (RMA) today announced up to $8.85 million available for cooperative agreements for risk management education and training programs. The funding provides the needed resources for organizations such as universities, county cooperative extension offices and nonprofit organizations to develop training and education tools to help farmers and ranchers learn how to effectively manage long term risks and challenges.

Available funding includes $4.85 million for the Crop Insurance in Targeted States Program for crop insurance education programs where there is a low level of federal crop insurance participation and availability. The targeted states are Alaska, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia and Wyoming.

Additionally, $4 million in funding is available for the Risk Management Education Partnerships Program, which provides funding for the development of general nationwide crop insurance education as well as other risk management training programs for producers.

A broad range of risk management training activities are eligible for funding consideration, including training on Federal crop insurance options, risk analysis, and changes to the crop insurance program due to Farm Bill provisions. Partners can also train farmers at all levels on risk management options that help secure local food systems and strengthen rural communities. The request for applications is available through ( and will be open for 60 days. Visitors can search by catalog of federal domestic assistance (CFDA) number 10.460, Risk Management Partnership program, or CFDA number 10.458, Crop Insurance in Targeted States.

The RMA works with private partners to assist producers, especially limited resource, socially disadvantaged and other traditionally underserved farmers and ranchers, in effectively managing long term risks and challenges. Interested organizations may apply by submitting documentation required as part of the Risk Management Education Partnerships Request for Applications (RFA). The applications are then reviewed and those who receive awards enter into a partnership with the RMA. The Risk Management Education Division manages the cooperative agreements.

The deadline for applications is July 10, 2017. There will be two webinar trainings held on May 18th and June 1st to go over the application process.

2017 RMA Application Webinar #1
Thursday, May 18, 2017
11:00 am | Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00) | 1 hr

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Meeting number: 742 540 176
Meeting password: risk

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Access code: 742 540 176

2017 RMA Application Webinar #2
Thursday, June 1, 2017
3:00 pm | Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00) | 1 hr

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Meeting number: 742 616 079
Meeting password: risk

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+1 866 282 7366 US Toll Free
Access code: 742 616 079

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This information forwarded to you by the Intertribal Agriculture Council

The Intertribal Agriculture Council (IAC) was founded in 1987 to pursue and promote the conservation, development and use of our agricultural resources for the betterment of our people. Land-based agricultural resources are vital to the economic and social welfare of many Native American and Alaskan Tribes. The IAC has over the last decade become recognized as the most respected voice within the Indian community and government circles on agricultural policies and programs in Indian country.

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Donita A. Fischer
Public Relations Director

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