KRC Receives USDA RMA Grant for Specialty Crop Risk Management Outreach and Training
KRC also received approval for a USDA Risk Management Agency (RMA) grant of $90,919 over 18 months. The “Educating Specialty Crop Growers and Ag Professionals for Improving Risk Management “Project will offer workshops for specialty crop growers on business and financial management tools, crop insurance options, and additional USDA programs for specialty crop producers. It will also offer one-on-one assistance for limited number of producers in farm financial analysis using Finpack farm analysis software.
Ag professionals such as crop insurance agents, extension agents, and FSA staff will be offered two regional workshops and two farm tours to increase their knowledge and understanding of specialty crop production, grower needs and challenges so they better understand how to serve them. KRC is working closely with Tom Buller, Douglas County Extension, Lindsay Elliott, formerly with Johnson County Extension, and many other consultants to offer workshops, trainings and farm tours, and develop educational materials. Finally, the project will also work with Johnson County Community College to integrate workshop content (i.e., record keeping, QuickBooks, business planning, crop insurance information, and USDA programs) into a college-level Sustainable Agriculture program to support adoption of these practices by new and beginning farmers. Contact Mary Fund for more information.