November 2, 2007
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Risk Management Agency announced
the availability of grant funds through its four regional Risk Management
Education Centers (Northeast, North Central, Southern and Western). This is a
funding opportunity for projects that help farm and ranch families succeed
through targeted risk management strategies. Risk management education provides
training that improves the ability of agricultural producers and their families
to effectively manage the risks associated with farming and ranching businesses.
With the addition of several new risk-management products, including the
Livestock Risk Protection-Lamb (LRP-Lamb) pilot program in 27 states, the 2007
Extension Risk Management Education Grants Program offers an opportunity for the
development of state and regional projects to help sheep producers understand
how the various options can be used in their operation to help manage risk in
their sheep enterprises.
"We encourage sheep producer leaders and state
affiliates to work with education professionals in their states to develop
proposals to help educate producers in how to manage risk," stated Burdell
Johnson, president of the American Sheep Industry Association.
step, the pre-proposal, is an online application that must be submitted by Dec.
13, 2007. Qualified applicants include private and public groups, organizations
and institutions with a demonstrated capacity to develop, carry out and manage
education projects that create targeted results for agricultural producers and
Detailed information about the grant program is located
on each of the regional Risk Management Education Center Web sites. They can be
found online at the following sites: Northeast Region, www.necrme.org
North Central Region, www.farmdoc.uiuc.edu/ncrisk
Southern Region, http://srrme.tamu.edu/
; and Western Region, www.westrme.wsu.edu
contact: Paul Rodgers, 303-771-3500