Outreach and Education
RMA seeks to make Federal crop insurance available and accessible to as many producers as possible. By engaging with communities that have historically lacked access to resources and education, RMA identifies and addresses any obstacles to their participation in crop insurance.
Producers also need to know how to access and best utilize crop insurance and risk management tools. RMA funds education opportunities and partners with organizations nationwide to deliver risk management training to farmers and ranchers.
Through outreach and education RMA promotes the growth of the Federal crop insurance program and strengthens American agriculture.
RMA’s outreach and education activities primarily serve:
- Historically underserved and limited-resource producers
- Beginning farmers and ranchers
- Climate-smart agriculture
- Urban agriculture
- Livestock, dairy, and aquaculture producers
- Specialty crop and organic operations
- Regions with historically low participation rates in crop insurance
- Outreach Activities
RMA engages with producers and grower groups at national conferences, local town halls, meetings, and listening sessions. This dialogue helps address barriers that may hinder some producers from participating in Federal crop insurance. RMA analyzes data and feedback from these interactions to improve services and insurance products.
Every year, RMA funds partnerships, known as cooperative agreements, with nonprofits, universities, industry groups and others to deliver risk management education across the country. The training better equips producers to manage business risks. A cooperative agreement requires substantial involvement between RMA and the organization receiving funding. RMA Regional Offices provide technical assistance to funding recipients. RMA is providing $2 million to organizations in 2022.
- Agricultural Management Assistance Program
In states where participation in Federal crop insurance has been historically low, RMA provides funding to help growers manage financial risk through diversification, marketing, or natural resource conservation practices. The Agricultural Management Assistance program, or AMA, is available in 16 states, including Hawaii, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, West Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine.