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RMA's Success Story - A Family's Risk Mitigation Strategy Provides Farming Safety Net - American farmers and ranchers like Rick Wise know the importance of producing quality food for the table as well as for livestock. And they know the value of risk management to ensure they can provide year after year.

Montana FFA Students Learn Strategies to Succeed in a "Risky Business" - When most Americans envision a farm or ranch, pictures of lush pastures, ripe wheat fields, and grazing cattle come to mind. Yet for the small percentage of Americans operating a farm or ranch, the images are not always as picturesque.

Building to the Future: Helping Alaska’s Specialty Crop, New, Women and Other Farmers Understand and Prepare to Implement Crop Insurance and Other Risks - The USDA Risk Management Education Division and RightRisk LLC partnered together and successfully completed a two-day workshop for Alaskan producers on March 21 and 22 with local host Alaska Farmland Trust.

Greenmarket GrowNYC - Hector Tejada, an immigrant producer from Ulster County, NY worked with FARMroots staff to develop recordkeeping systems to meet his goal of securing a loan and eventually farmland.

Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project - A daylong conference provided 250 farmers in the region with critical resources to minimize risk and access opportunities in local markets

Emerging Farmer Training Project for New and Beginning Hispanic Farmers - The USDA Risk Management Agency and Adelante Mujeres, Friends of Zenger Farm and Multnomah County (Oregon) collaborated on the delivery of the Beginning Urban Farmer Apprenticeship and Emerging Farmer Training Project programs.


Risk Management Education Strikeforce - African American farmers and ranchers from Arkansas and Mississippi attended free risk management training funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management Agency. (Jul 15, 2013)


Managing Farm Risk Through Shared Wisdom - Washington State Department of Agriculture, in partnership with RMA, has developed a series of Farm Wisdom: Managing Risks on Small Farms videos to aid producers in minimizing risk in small farm businesses. (Oct 5, 2011)

Managing Farm Risk Through Collaboration - Latino farmers and ranchers praise the Yakima-based Center for Latino Farmers for the valuable services it provides. (Aug 24, 2011)

Risk Management for Peace of Mind - When Larry Diehl and his brothers purchased their Hudson Valley farm in 1970, they were one of more than 20 commercial vineyards in their area; now they are one of three grape growers in Columbia County. (Mar 22, 2011)

A Very Easy Decision - Fourth generation NJ farmer Frank Baitinger says crop insurance is a must. (Jan 28, 2011)


Crop Insurance, Diversification, Works for PA Fruit and Vegetable Producer - David Garretson and his family farm an intense 100 acres in the gently rolling hills between Gettysburg and Carlisle, PA. (Dec 14, 2010)

Managing the Escalating Risks of Farming - Dairy farmer Luke Brubaker has managed risks well enough to establish a long history of successful and environmentally friendly farming. (Dec 6, 2010)

Meeting the Higher Risks for a Young and Beginning Farmer - Joel Krall understands there are extra risks to consider when you are just starting out in the dairy farming business. (Nov 10, 2010)

Crop Insurance Offsets Dairy Volatility - The past two years have been challenging for even the most efficient northeastern dairy farmers, but Saratoga County dairy farmer David Wood has used crop insurance as a tool to reduce financial risk. (Oct 15, 2010)

Crop Insurance As An Investment - An interest in machinery and growing things brought Brian Andrews to farming. The satisfaction of growing a good crop keeps him there, with a little help from crop insurance. (Oct 12, 2010)

American Farmer's Dream - Nestled in the Yakima Valley of Washington, 160 miles east of Seattle on the eastern slope of the Cascade Mountains, Evaristo Silva is living his dream. (Aug 17, 2010)

Crop Insurance Helps in Tough Times - When a fast moving early morning fire destroyed a 5,000 square foot calf and hay barn in February 2009 at their dairy farm in Addison, VT, the Gosliga family was thankful that over 70 volunteer firefighters from five towns prevented the blaze from spreading to four other nearby buildings, including a home. (Jul 7, 2010)

Earlier years

  • No entries: 2003-2009

  • It's Not Just Farming, Anymore (Mar 1, 2002) | Missouri Crop Insurance Policies Sold

  • Agents Make a Difference (Sep 10, 2001)
  • Agent With An Agenda (Aug 9, 2001)
  • "I Sell Crop Insurance" (Jul 16, 2001)
  • CRC Improves Comfort Zone for Oregon Grower (Apr 2, 2001)
  • Managing Dairy Risk (Feb 20, 2001)

  • Sweetener for Honey Bees? (Nov 7, 2000)
  • It's a Family Business for Sun-kissed Citrus (Sep 20, 2000)
  • Georgia Producers Gain APH Floor and Lower Premiums for 2001 (Aug 21, 2000)
  • Marketing Clubs Make Sense to Montana Producers (Jul 21, 2000)
  • Levee Holds Back Waters and...More (Apr 27, 2000)
  • Seminoles Plan for Success (Apr 7, 2000)
  • Lenders Bank on Crop Insurance (Apr 6, 2000)
  • Managing by the Numbers (Mar 31, 2000)
  • Making the Grade in Montana (Jan 11, 2000)

  • Going the Extra Mile (2 of 2 in a series) (Dec 16, 1999)
  • Protecting Farm Revenue in NH (Dec 16, 1999)
  • Surviving Floyd (1 of 2 in a series) (Nov 23, 1999)
  • Bucking Tradition in NE (Nov 5, 1999)
  • Old Farm, New Trick (Oct 4, 1999)
  • Farmers Workers Transition from Employee to Employer (Entrenamiento en Manejo de Riesgos Ayuda a Latinos Cambiar de Ser Trabajadores de Campos a Dueños de Ranchos) (Oct 4, 1999)
  • Clam Growers Catch a Wave (Oct 4, 1999)