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USDA awards $220,000 throughout the Pacific Northwest

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SPOKANE, Wash. – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) Spokane Regional Office announced Nov. 3 $220,000 in partnership agreement awards that will help provide new ways for producers to manage agricultural risks, and for outreach and educational opportunities to women, limited-resource, and other traditionally underserved farmers and ranchers.

RMA is committed to providing farmers and ranchers in the region with quality risk management products, tools, and information. Dave Paul, director of RMA’s Spokane Regional Office stated, “We are very excited about the diversity of the new partnership agreements in the Pacific Northwest and we look forward to working with the recipients to ensure the success of each project.”

RMA accepted proposals from public and private entities, including colleges and universities; Federal, State, and local agencies; non-profit and for-profit organizations; and others. All partnership agreements were competitive and awarded based on merit. The following sections represent partnership agreements in the RMA Spokane Regional Office area only (representing Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington).

Outreach Partnership Agreements - $200,000

• Indian Nations Conservation Alliance – “Tribal Producer Risk Management Training,” $75,000 to assist 60 individual, minority farmers and ranchers on a one-on-one basis to overcome barriers and risk associated with farming and ranching in Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington.

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• Washington State Department of Agriculture – “Outreach to Women and Latino Farmers,” $50,000 to help Latino and women producers understand the variety of risk management tools available to help make risk management choices to better manage their farms in Washington State.

• Oregon State University – “Specialty Crop Production and Farm Business Management for New and Experienced Farmers,” $75,000 to provide risk management training to underserved specialty crop farmers starting new farms or expanding existing farm businesses in Oregon.

• Education Partnership Agreements - Small Sessions - $20,000

• RightRisk, LLC – “RiskRisk Education Project,” $10,000 to provide risk management education and information, particularly Adjusted Gross Revenue-Lite (AGR-Lite) to agriculture producers in Idaho.

• RightRisk, LLC – “Production and Marketing Risk Management Education for Idaho and Oregon Producers,” $10,000 to conduct two workshops designed to bring risk management education programs to livestock and small grains producers in the Klamath Basin of Southern Oregon and South Central and Southwestern Idaho.

Funding for these agreements is available through the Federal Crop Insurance Act. RMA administers these projects as well as the Federal crop insurance program. For more information about these and other agreements, see the RMA Web site at: