This program will support a wide range of innovative outreach and assistance activities in farm management, financial management, marketing contracts, crop insurance and other existing and emerging risk management tools. In conducting activities to achieve the purpose and goal of this program, award recipients will be responsible for the activities listed under Part ID paragraph 1 of the Request for Applications . FCIC, working through RMA, will be substantially involved in the activities listed under paragraph
Part ID paragraph 2.
In addition to the specific, required activities listed below, the applicant may suggest other activities that would contribute directly to the purpose of this program. For any additional activity suggested, the applicant should identify the objective of the activity, the specific tasks required to meet the objective, specific time lines for performing the tasks, and specific responsibilities of the partners. The applicant must also identify specific ways in which RMA could have substantial involvement in the proposed educational activity.
1. Award recipients will be required to perform the following activities:
? Finalize a risk management outreach delivery plan that will accomplish the purpose of this program. The plan must describe the manner in which various tasks for the project will be completed, the dates by which each task will be completed, and the partners that will have responsibility for each task. Task milestones must be listed to ensure that progress can be measured at various stages throughout the life of the project. The plan must also provide for the substantial involvement of RMA in the project. (Note: All partnership agreements resulting from this announcement will include delivery plans in the table format shown in the appendix to this announcement. All applicants are strongly encouraged to refer to this table when preparing a delivery plan and to use this format as part of the application narrative.)
? Assemble risk management instructional materials appropriate for targeted producers to be used in delivering education and information. This will include: (a) gathering existing instructional materials that meet the local needs of agricultural producers of agricultural commodities; (b) identifying gaps in existing instructional materials; and (c) developing new materials or modifying existing instructional materials to fill existing gaps.
? Develop and conduct a promotional program. This program will include activities using media, newsletters, publications, or other informational dissemination techniques that are designed to: (a) raise awareness for risk management; (b) inform producers of the availability of risk management tools; and (c) inform producers of the training and informational opportunities being offered. Minority media and publications should also be used to achieve the broadest promotion of outreach opportunities for women, limited resource and socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers possible.
? Deliver risk management training and informational opportunities to women, limited resource and socially disadvantaged agricultural producers and agribusiness professionals. This will include organizing and delivering educational activities using the instructional materials identified earlier. Activities should be directed primarily to agricultural producers, but may include those agribusiness professionals that have frequent opportunities to advise farmers on risk management.
? Document all outreach activities conducted under the partnership agreement and the results of such activities, including criteria and indicators used to evaluate the success of the program. The recipient will also be required to provide information to an RMA-selected contractor to evaluate all educational activities and advise RMA as to the effectiveness of activities.
2. RMA will be responsible for the following activities:
? Review and approve in advance the recipient?s project delivery plan.
? Collaborate with the recipient in assembling risk management materials for producers. This will include: (a) reviewing and approving in advance all educational materials for technical accuracy; (b) serving on curriculum development workgroups; (c) providing curriculum developers with fact sheets and other risk management publications that have been prepared by RMA; (d) advising the applicant on the materials available over the internet through the AgRisk Education Library; (e) advising the applicant on technical issues related to crop insurance instructional materials; and (f) advising the applicant on the use of the standardized design and layout formats to be used on program materials.
? Collaborate with the recipient on a promotional program for raising awareness for risk management and for informing producers of training and informational opportunities. This will include: (a) reviewing and approving in advance all promotional plans, materials, and programs; (b) serving on workgroups that plan promotional programs; (c) advising the applicant on technical issues relating to the presentation of crop insurance products in promotional materials; and (d) participating, as appropriate, in media programs designed to raise general awareness or provide farmers with risk management education.
? Collaborate with the recipient on the delivery of education to agricultural producers and agribusiness leaders. This will include: (a) reviewing and approving in advance all producer and agribusiness educational delivery plans; (b) advising the applicant on technical issues related to the delivery of crop insurance education and information; and (c) assisting the applicant in informing crop insurance professionals about educational plans and scheduled meetings.
? Reviewing and approving recipient?s documentation of risk management educational activities.
Who can apply:
Eligible functional categories:
RMA Community Outreach and Assistance Partnership Program
Community Outreach and Assistance Partnership Program
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Department of Agriculture, Risk Management Agency, Office of the Adminstrator