The U.S. Agricultural Risk Management Agency (RMA) recently announced $2.2 million in risk management education grants for U.S. farmers, including historically underserved small producers, during of a meeting at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB). Left to Right: Richard Flournoy, RMA Deputy Administrator for Product Management, Michael Heiserman, RMA Education Division Director, Stephan Walker, UAPB Extension Associate, Dr Ranjitsinh Mane , UAPB Assistant Professor of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, Van Banks, UAPB Extension Associate, Marcia Bunger, RMA Administrator, Dr. Henry English, UAPB Smallholder Farm Program Director , Alex Cole, UAPB Extension Associate, Roddric Bell, RMA Regional Director, and Dr. Obadiah Njue, UAPB Assistant Dean for Outreach and Outreach.
PINE BLUFF, Ark. – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (RMA) Risk Management Agency recently announced $2.2 million in risk management education grants for U.S. farmers, including growers historically underserved and small-scale, at a meeting at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB).
The UAPB Smallholder Farm Program is a recipient of one of the grants. The $100,000 grant will enable the UAPB to administer legal, financial and marketing training to socially disadvantaged producers in 21 counties in eastern Arkansas and seven counties in southwestern Arkansas.
During the meeting, Marcia Bunger, RMA Administrator, addressed the Small Farm Program staff and Dr. Obadiah Njue, UAPB Associate Dean for Outreach and Outreach. Bunger, who was accompanied by a delegation of RMA staff, assured the agency’s commitment to serving underserved producers across the country.
Dr. Henry English, UAPB’s Smallholder Farming Program Manager, and Dr. Ranjitsinh Mane, Assistant Professor in UAPB’s Department of Agriculture, are the co-project directors of the UAPB grant. During the meeting, they discussed the importance of risk management education for underserved producers.
“I am very happy to know that RMA has funded our project, as it will give us the opportunity to provide risk management education to underserved producers,” said Dr. English. “In most cases, underserved producers don’t have access to risk management training. Workshop participants will better understand crop insurance and the importance of
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According to its website, the RMA serves American agricultural producers with effective market-based risk management tools to build economic stability for agricultural producers and rural communities. The agency aims to increase the availability and effectiveness of federal crop insurance as a risk management tool.