Today, The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has announced their full support for the development and delivery of agricultural risk management education materials. The funding will be made through NIFA’s Agriculture Risk Management Education Partnerships (ARME) Competitive Grants Program (ARME) whose primary goal is to sustain four Risk Management Education (RME) Regional Centers and one RME Electronic Support Center.
What ARME does is give U.S. agricultural producers the skillsets and the tools needed so that they can make informed decision so as to maximize their profits.
The four Regional RME Centers will be responsible for funding a couple of regional and multi-regional programs centered on agricultural risk management operations. The individuals that will conduct these programs have a lot of experience in this field and therefore they can easily help farmers and their families.
These four Centers will provide electronic and on-line submissions forms for different grant programs and a result verification system. Any event or conference will be communicated on a national level. They will have archival support.
How many funds will ARME have at its disposal? Around $4.45 million dollars. The deadline for applications is April 27, 2018, at 5 p.m. Eastern time. Who can apply to these programs? All universities, colleges, NGOs and for-profit organizations at both state and federal level can apply. The proposals will be reviewed by NIFA before they are accepted into the grant programs through an external peer review process made up of experts from the respective fields.
The main of this operation is to invest and fund agricultural research and education. NIFA’s main goal is long-term prosperity of U.S. agriculture. This is important because, at the moment, the world is faced with many problems due to global warming and climate change. The USA is making a step in the right direction and maybe other countries will follow this lead as well in the future.