ARLINGTON, VA -- USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) provides funding for organizations in the form of cooperative agreements to provide education and training nationwide. Earlier this year RMA awarded 52 cooperative agreements under the Risk Management Education Partnerships Program, and The Rice Foundation was one of nine first-time award recipients.
The Rice Foundation entered into a cooperative agreement with RMA in September to support the agency’s education efforts in the area of Mitigating financial risk for specialty variety and organic producers through training in Crop Insurance, Whole Farm Revenue Protection, Prevented Planting, and Record Keeping for Organic Crops.
The program will start with an education seminar at the USA Rice Outlook Conference in San Antonio, Texas, on December 12, entitled Crop Insurance 101 for Organic and Specialty Rice Producers. The Rice Foundation will continue educational outreach throughout 2018 at various state and county rice meetings where there will be one-on-one contact with growers.
“RMA is pleased to provide this type of educational support to farmers and rural America to help mitigate risk,” says Heather Manzano, Acting Administrator, Risk Management Agency. “These programs will provide information on Crop Insurance 101, Whole-Farm Revenue Protection (WFRP), and Rainfall Index Insurance.”
“I see this activity as a natural for The Rice Foundation,” said Foundation Chairman Charley Matthews, a rice farmer from Marysville, California. “I’m proud that we are partnering with RMA to leverage our joint resources to educate growers about the importance of crop insurance, especially to specialty and organic producers.”