USDA invests $2 million in risk management education for historically underserved small producers | Local announcements


WASHINGTON – The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing up to $2 million this year in cooperative agreements for risk management education and training programs that support growers, small farmers and historically underserved conservation practices. USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) invests in organizations such as nonprofits, universities, and county cooperative extension offices to develop training and education tools to help growers learn how to effectively manage long-term risks and challenges.

“Farming is an inherently risky business, and a strong agricultural safety net is essential to sustaining and ensuring the success of American producers,” said Marcia Bunger, administrator of RMA. “We are committed to improving access to crop insurance, and our partnerships with organizations help us reach communities that have historically lacked access to training and resources. We want to make sure all growers know and understand how to manage risk and what options are available to them.

RMA works with partners to help producers, especially historically underserved farmers and ranchers, effectively manage long-term risks and challenges. RMA reinstated its support for risk management education in 2021, investing nearly $1 million in nine risk management education projects. From 2002 to 2018, RMA provided annual funding for risk management education projects, supporting over $126 million worth of projects in historically underserved communities.

Interested organizations should apply by 5:59 p.m. EST on March 11 through the results check system at For more information, see the Funding Opportunity Notice at

A wide range of risk management training activities are eligible for funding, including training on federal crop insurance options, record keeping, financial management, non-based risk management tools insurance and preparedness for natural disasters, among others. Partners can also train farmers at all levels on risk management options that help secure local food systems.

This selection process is competitive and RMA will prioritize projects focused on growers of underserved, organic and specialty crops. Additionally, organizations offering training related to climate change, wildfire fighting, local foods, and urban agriculture will also be given more consideration.

Federal crop insurance helps farmers and ranchers manage risks that are part of farming, such as severe weather and market fluctuations, thereby strengthening the rural economy, especially after disasters.

Crop insurance is sold and issued only through private crop insurance agents. A list of crop insurance agents is available at all USDA service centers and online at the RMA agent locator. To learn more about crop insurance and the modern agricultural safety net, go to

The announcement builds on other USDA efforts to ensure fairness in program delivery. In 2021, the USDA Farm Service Agency invested $4.7 million to establish 56 partnerships to provide assistance and technical assistance to historically underserved farmers and ranchers, and the Natural Resource Conservation Service of the United States. USDA announced plans to invest $50 million in cooperative agreements for a similar effort.

The USDA touches the lives of all Americans every day in so many positive ways. In the Biden-Harris administration, the USDA is transforming the US food system with greater emphasis on more resilient local and regional food production, fairer markets for all producers, ensuring access to safe food, healthy and nutritious in all communities, creating new markets and income streams for farmers and producers using climate-smart food and forestry practices, making historic investments in clean energy infrastructure and capacity in the Rural America, and committing to equity across the Department by removing systemic barriers and creating a workforce that is more representative of America. To learn more, visit

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