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2016 RME and Targeted States (TS) Agreements

Awardee Project Project Description Award Amount Award Type State(s)
AgriLogic Consulting, LLC Crop Insurance Programs for Alaskan Agricultural Producers - Setting the Stage for Long Term Sustainability The recipient will partner with several local groups to deliver risk management education to Alaska producers, with primary focus being on those agricultural areas in and around Anchorage, Fairbanks, and the Kenai Peninsula (especially the Matanuska-Susitna Valley), with webinar and recorded training opportunities available for producers located in the Aleutian Islands and Juneau/Ketchikan.  Target audience includes all Alaska producers with a special emphasis on limited resource, immigrant (Hmong), Native Alaskan farmers, and those located in Strikeforce Communities. Training will be delivered through live producer workshops, producer webinars, on-farm appointments, and three conferences.  Local technical resources will be trained via Train-the Trainer webinars.  An Alaska crop insurance website will be created and promoted.  USB drives will be pre-loaded with all resources and training and distributed to remote producers. Crop insurance factsheets will be translated into Hmong and Hmong-translated workshops will be offered. Topics to be covered include crop insurance programs, NAP, the and importance of keeping good records and filing farm taxes, as they relate to WFRP. Premium quotes, eligibility requirements, sales closing dates, and agent contact information will be provided.  The project objective is a better understanding of and greater participation in crop insurance and other USDA programs overall. $202,000.00 TS Alaska
Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides Production Risk Management Training for Organic, Nursery, and Specialty Crop Producers in Washington and Idaho The recipient's overall goal is to improve producers’ economic stability through education on crop insurance, marketing, record keeping and alternative pest management strategies to meet growing markets. As a result, organic, specialty crop, nursery, and transitioning producers in Idaho and Washington will show increased understanding of Whole-Farm Revenue Protection, and commit to contacting an insurance agent by the end of the project. After trainings in Idaho, producers will learn how to evaluate market prices and trends, meet with a buyer, commit to changing behavior, and use their enhanced knowledge to make a marketing decision. Additionally, producers will show increased understanding of organic certification record keeping practices and commit to making changes. After the Idaho field day and Fruit School in Washington, producers will show improved understanding of organic pest management and commit to implementing new practices. In Mt. Vernon, Washington, nursery and greenhouse producers will show improved understanding of biological control agents for managing common insect pests and commit to using new practices. $57,336.00 RME Washington, Idaho
FamilyFarmed Growing Success: Best Practices in On-Farm Food Safety, Wholesale and Direct Marketing for Spokane Region Specialty Crop Farmers The goal of Growing Success is to build the skills of farmers and enable them to better understand opportunities and risks in wholesale and direct marketing and adopt best practices that minimize their risk. The recipient will work with three partners in Alaska, Idaho and Oregon to engage small-scale specialty crop farmers who are selling products into local food markets. Participants will be invited to one of six training workshops, receive a companion manual (Wholesale or Direct Market Success), receive two Growing Success/Food Safety/RMA WholeFarm Revenue Protection Insurance news and resources e-blasts, be introduced to the On-Farm Food Safety website where each can create a free food safety plan, and be invited to join an online discussion group where they can find technical assistance answers and topical discussions. The recipient anticipate farmers will make changes to their operations to minimize their risk. Specifically, farmers will increase their understanding about best practices in Wholesale and Direct Marketing, Food Safety and Postharvest Handling Risk Management, and about available Crop Insurance options including Whole Farm Revenue Protection; develop risk management plans and strategies; and begin to implement specific best practices in their operations. $44,326.00 RME Alaska, Idaho, Oregon
LD Consulting, Inc. Whole Farm Revenue Program Education and Risk Management Training to Specialty Crops Producers in Oregon The recipient will deliver Whole Farm Revenue Program (WFRP) crop insurance education and risk management training to Specialty Crops producers in Willamette Valley, Oregon. Special emphasis will be directed to (1) new and beginning producers who are transitioning from traditional crops to Specialty crops or who will enter production agriculture within 2 years; and, (2) producers who are identified as “local and sustainable” or whose production is directly marketed in “farm to table” markets. The risk management training will teach producers basic principles of effective financial management: Understanding risk and developing a comprehensive risk management strategy; Using simple partial budget and cash flow analysis for better economic and financial decision-making; Employing practical, currently available risk management tools, such as WFRP; and applying proven transition strategies. Participants will use the partial budgeting technique to assess the net benefit of particular financial tools when applied to their own farming operation. Audience: Small farmers or ranchers, Specialty Crops producers, women producers, beginning producers, sustainable producers, value-added producers, and traditional commercial producers. Result: Producers will understand WFRP and will gain a working knowledge of the financial tools presented. $58,800.00 RME Washington
Master Stockman Consulting Risk Management Education for Livestock, Beginning, Traditional Women and Native American Producers in RMA's Spokane Region The recipient will deliver training in risk management and crop insurance topics with target audiences of livestock, beginning, traditional women and Native American producers in Idaho, Oregon and Washington in the Spokane Region. The program and informational pieces will focus on providing producers with tools that enable them to improve their decision making process and mitigate risk. Topical coverage will include LRP for cattle and lamb, Pasture Rangeland Forage (PRF) and utilizing the Break-even Budget tool and other economic tools on the Wyoming Ranch Tools website to analyze decisions. Use of these tools will improve producers decision making process and help them make insurance and other risk mitigation decisions based on sound economic principles. $99,724.00 RME Idaho, Oregon, Washington
Oregon Tilth, Inc. Increasing the Viability of Organic Farms through Education & Mentorship The recipient will provide risk management education and support to Pacific Northwest farmers who are transitioning to organic or expanding and/or diversifying organic production. Education will be open to all farmers but specialty crop farmers are expected to be the primary audience. The project will help farmers understand and minimize production and financial risks associated with transitioning to organic systems. It will provide a unique model for learning, feedback, and support that will help address unmet demand for organic products and the USDA’s goal of increasing certified organic operations. The recipient will host four workshops and one day-long intensive at the biannual Organicology Conference, deliver ten webinars on risk management topics of concern to transitioning and organic producers, and conduct three conference panels on organic risk management. Addtionally, the recipient will create a facilitated platform for one-on-one peer mentorship opportunities, providing new and transitioning producers with guidance from experienced organic farmers. Ultimately, the project will help to build the organic sector by equipping diverse farmers with the knowledge and skills to mitigate risk while starting and growing successful organic farms. $34,623.00 RME Idaho, Oregon, Washington
USA Dry Pea & Lentil Council Educating Pacific Northwest Pulse Crop Growers on Best Management Practices to Reduce Risk 2016 is the International Year of Pulses, and the pulse crop industry has seen unprecedented growth as a result. Due to rising prices in domestic and international markets, U.S. pulse crop acreage (dry peas, lentils, chickpeas) has soared to record-breaking numbers. Much of this acreage is planted by those inexperienced in growing pulse crops. These new pulse producers have very few resources available to them regarding production methods to reduce risk. The recipient, partnering with the Spokane RMA office proposes to offer new and existing growers an innovative, reliable and easily accessible risk management resource offering the best management practices to grow pulse crops in Washington, Idaho, and Oregon. Utilizing the new video-conferencing facility, experts in all areas of pulse crop production will deliver interactive education on various modules about the risks that pulse crop producers face, including the decisions regarding pulse crop insurance products. These six modules would be initially offered as an interactive live event at an early morning hour; a virtual grower meeting over a cup of coffee. Recorded modules, video material, and downloadable print material will be stored on the recipient's website; available on-demand to new and existing growers. $99,950.00 RME Idaho, Oregon, Washington
Benton Soil and Water Conservation District Reduce Farm Risk through Integrated Biological Pest Management Education This project's partners will deliver crop insurance information and Integrated Biological Pest Management (IBPM) education to producers and students. We will emphasize whole-farm site assessment and planning to enhance beneficial insect habitat and the importance of pest management record keeping for production history and environmental certification documentation. Partners will deliver IBPM education to producers and students through a paired two-day workshop/field day or adapted high school and college curricula. The resulting educational events will take place in eight counties in Oregon and one county in Washington. Audiences will include: women producers, new and beginning producers, specialty crop producers, livestock and forage producers, organic and sustainable producers, producers who sell in local food systems, and high school and college students who have an interest in agriculture. Participants will evaluate the impacts of the workshops/field days via pre- post-retrospective questionnaires and online surveys; methods that are easy for participants to complete and for us to analyze. Producers and students will gain awareness of crop insurance products, appreciate beneficial insect habitats, learn to identify beneficial insects and native plants and adopt record keeping. $99,612.00 RME Oregon, Washington
Grow Food dba Viva Farms Improving Risk Management Knowledge and Implementation Through Land-based Education, Training, and Technical Assistance for Beginning and Socially Disadvantaged Farmers Improving Risk Management Knowledge and Implementation Through Bilingual Accredited Land-based Education, Training, and Technical Assistance (TA) for Beginning, Socially Disadvantaged, Hispanic, Organic and Specialty Crop Producers in Skagit County Washington and Northwest Washington. Producer impact (understand, analyze, or implement): 1. Seed propagation & greenhouse management 2. Field prep, tillage and bed prep 3. Weed management 4. Irrigation systems 5. Fertility management 6. Pre-harvest, harvest, and food safety 7. Pest management 8. Cover crops 9. Crop planning 10. Organic and Good Manufacturing Practices 11. Business planning 12. Marketing development 13. Record keeping (beyond Profit and Loss). $99,989.00 RME Washington
Northwest Natural Resource Group Addressing Biomass Production and Marketing Risks for Forest Producers in San Juan County Forest producers in San Juan County, WA face significant challenges. The County’s dry forest ecosystem, shallow soils, and isolated geography mean that producers are struggling to manage over-stocked stands at risk of wildfire, insects, and tree disease. Due in part to limited market opportunities, nearly 1,000 acres have been removed from forest production status in the past five years. Thanks to recent partnerships with RMA, collaborators have helped more than 200 forest producers understand these forest health risks, develop initial plans, and begin harvest projects. However, the barrier that still looms large is the inability to complete the removal of low-value suppressed trees. This is an essential step toward releasing scarce soil nutrients to support accelerated productivity and profitability. Biomass products are potential pathways for supporting removal of low-value suppressed trees. The recipient will conduct 3 workshops and 30 educational site visits for at least 75 producers to provide the necessary training and information for manufacturing, marketing, and utilizing biomass products. Educational topics will include biochar, manufacturing, woodchips for heat and power, and local markets and partnerships for biomass utilization. The end result will be sustained risk management activities by producers, and improved forest health and productivity across the County. $44,765.00 RME Washington