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Agriculture Risk Management Education Competitive Grants Program (ARPA)

The Risk Management Education Program provides U.S. agricultural producers with the knowledge, skills and tools needed to make informed risk management decisions for their operations, with the goal of enhancing farm profitability. To that end, the program will fund four Regional RME Centers, one each in the four geographical regions of the U.S. (See RFA for definitions of the four regions). The program will also fund a risk management education electronic support center to provide existing risk management tools and the formation of networks that are focused on agricultural producers; further development of agricultural risk management curricula and materials; the delivery of agricultural RME to producers using one or more of the wide range of delivery methods; and the verification of program impacts. FY '09 RFA includes special emphasis per Section 12026 of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008, (FCEA)(Pub. L. 110-246), which amends Section 524(a) of the Federal Crop Insurance Act, 7 U.S.C. 1524(a).

Who Is Eligible to Apply

  • 1862 Land-Grant Institutions
  • 1890 Land-Grant Institutions
  • 1994 Land-Grant Institutions
  • City or Township Governments
  • County Governments
  • For-profit Organizations Other Than Small Businesses
  • Hispanic-Serving Institutions
  • Native American Tribal Govts (Federally Recognized)
  • Native American Tribal Orgs, not Federally recognized Tribal Governments
  • Nonprofits with 501(c)(3) IRS status, other than Institutions of Higher Ed
  • Nonprofits without 501(c)(3) IRS status, other than Institutions of Higher Ed
  • Other or Additional Information (See below)
  • Private Institutions of Higher Ed
  • Public Housing Authorities/Indian Housing Authorities
  • Small Business
  • Special District Governments
  • State Agricultural Experiment Stations
  • State Controlled Institutions of Higher Ed
  • State Governments
  • More Information on Eligibility

    All qualified public and private entities. This includes all colleges and universities, Federal, State, and local agencies, nonprofit and for-profit private organizations or corporations, and other entities. Special emphasis areas added per FY '08 FCEA - Section 12026.

    Request for Application (RFA) | Apply: Electronic | Abstracts of Funded Projects

    Solicitation Date (Opening) June 26, 2009
    Letter of Intent Due Date None
    Due Date (Closing)
    August 10, 2009
    Estimated Total Program Funding $4,800,000.00
    Range of Awards $300,000.00 to $1,175,000.00
    Percent of Applications Funded Last Fiscal Year 25%
    Cost Sharing Requirements None
    For More Information Contact Patricia (Pat) Hipple
    Funding Opportunity Number USDA-CSREES-ARPA-002424
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