These Operational Guidelines outline a coordinated strategy for administering ARPA’s Partnerships for Risk Management Education in a manner that makes the results of risk management research, education and outreach programs available to the entire United States agricultural and food community, and particularly to the farmers and ranchers whose business enterprises are at greatest risk. The Guidelines are premised on principles of transparency, fairness, equity, consistency, cooperation, stakeholder participation, and consensus-building. No Center can impose a burden on applicants greater than any other Center. The Guidelines are also premised on the belief that the goals of risk management education will be most effectively attained by this coordinated strategy of administration and implementation. These Guidelines ensure that the regional ERME programs meet the federal requirements for competitive grant programs.