The USDA recently invested approximately $3.3 million in two new partnerships. The partnership will train and equip the next generation of crop insurance agents, adjusters and outreach educators on crop insurance options.
Partnerships with the Intertribal Agriculture Council and the University of Arkansas System Agriculture Division’s Southern Risk Management Education Center will support USDA’s Risk Management to expand participation in crop insurance, especially among underserved growers. Facilitate efforts by the agency.
“Crop insurance strengthens America’s agriculture. “There is a lot of work to be done to get underserved producers involved in risk management tools. Both partnerships aim to foster creativity and innovation to empower, educate and provide outreach to underserved producers. .”
Approximately $1.4 million was awarded to the Southern Risk Management Education Center at the University of Arkansas School of Agriculture. The partnership will enhance outreach and technical assistance to underserved farmers and ranchers through the development of risk management program navigators. These navigators are program specialists trained by project collaborators to provide strategic outreach and engage the underserved farming population for federal crop insurance.
University professor and assistant vice president Ronald Rainey said he is excited about the outreach opportunities their program offers.
“The University of Arkansas Southern Risk Management Education Center is excited to leverage its risk management expertise and grassroots relationships built across the region to advance our understanding of RMA products and services. Project activities deliberately seek to increase engagement with communities and farmers historically underserved by federal crop insurance,” he said.
These partners have a proven track record of success working with RMAs and were selected to enhance education and outreach on increasing adoption of risk management tools in underserved farming communities. because it has the necessary infrastructure for The agriculture sector has the expertise and vast knowledge to work with underserved growers in the Southeast region, according to USDA.