The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) requests applications for the ARME for 2024 to provide resources for four regional risk management education centers for the purpose of developing and delivering agricultural risk management education materials.
Donor Name: National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)
State: All States
County: All Counties
Type of Grant: Grant
Size of the Grant: More than $1 million
Grant Duration: 4 Years
The purpose of ARME is to educate agricultural producers about the full range of risk management activities. These activities include futures, options, agricultural trade options, crop insurance, cash forward contracting, debt reduction, production diversification, marketing plans and tactics, farm resources risk reduction, and other appropriate risk management strategies. The program places special emphasis on risk management strategies, education, and outreach specifically targeted at:
- beginning farmers or ranchers;
- legal immigrant farmers or ranchers that are attempting to become established producers in the United States;
- socially disadvantaged farmers or ranchers;
- farmers or ranchers that
- are preparing to retire; and (ii) are using transition strategies to help new farmers or ranchers get started; and
- new or established farmers or ranchers that are converting production and marketing systems to pursue new markets. The Agriculture Risk Management Education (ARME) program brings the existing knowledge base to bear on risk management issues faced by agricultural producers and expands the program throughout the Nation on a regional and multi-regional basis.
The primary goals and objectives of the ARME program are to provide U.S. agricultural producers and their families, as appropriate, with the knowledge, skills, and tools needed to make informed risk management decisions that enhance profitability of their operations, and deliver risk management education to agricultural producers underserved by the Federal crop insurance program.
The ARME Program will fund four (4) regional centers nationwide and one (1) Risk Management Education Electronic Support Center:
- Northeast Region ARME Center
- North Central Region ARME Center
- Southern Region ARME Center
- Western Region ARME Center
- Risk Management Education Electronic Support Center
The Regional ARME Centers are expected to address the risk management needs of agricultural producers and their families in the following five (5) risk management categories:
- Production Risk: A production risk is any production related activity to achieve or event that has a range of possible outcomes, such as uncertain natural growth processes of crops and livestock.
- Marketing Risk: Marketing risk is any related activity or event that leads to the variability of prices farmers receive for their products or pay for production inputs.
- Financial Risk: Financial risk encompasses those risks that threaten the financial health or the business, such as the volatility of prices, yields and income as well as changing interest rates, credit rules, and the availability of credit.
- Legal Risk: Legal risk is generated by uncertainties surrounding and resulting from government policies and regulations related to tax laws, food safety, labeling and marketing, protected species, water use, animal health and welfare, chemical use, animal waste, other environmental issues such as clean air and water, government commodity and income support programs, and the legal liabilities of a variety of litigious issues faced by farms and ranches.
- Human Risk: Human Risk refers to human relationships that impact the viability of farm and ranch businesses including communication, labor management and supply, intergenerational transition, estate planning, heirs’ property, and human health and relationship issues including accidents, illness, disability, death, and divorce.
- The total amount of funds available for five awards under this ARME request for applications is $9,052,800 for FY 2024 and each year thereafter through 2026 for support of five grant awards under this program.
- North Central ARME Center: $2,150,040
- Western ARME Center: $2,150,040
- Southern ARME Center: $2,150,040
- Northeastern Center for ARME: $2,150,040
- Risk Management Education Electronic Support Center for ARME: $452,640
Applications may only be submitted by qualified public and private entities (including land grant colleges, cooperative extension services, and colleges or universities). This includes all colleges and universities, Federal, State, and local agencies, nonprofit and for-profit private organization or corporations, and other entities. Award recipients may subcontract to organizations not eligible to apply provided such organizations are necessary for the conduct of the project.
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