Commodity Partnerships for Small Agricultural Risk Management Education Sessions


To deliver training and information during small sessions in the management of production, marketing, and financial risk to U.S. agricultural producers, with a priority to producers of crops not insurable with Federal crop insurance, specialty crops, and underserved commodities.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 03/03/2014 (Archived.)
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Office: Risk Management Agency
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Program Accomplishments
Not Applicable.
Federal Crop Insurance Act, as amended, 7 U.S.C. 1522 (d).
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Eligible applicants include State departments of agriculture, universities, non-profit agricultural organizations, and other public or private organizations with the capacity to lead a local program of risk management education for farmers and ranchers in an RMA Region. Individuals are not eligible applicants. Although an applicant may be eligible to compete for an award based on its status as an eligible entity, other factors may exclude an applicant from receiving Federal assistance under this program (e.g. debarment and suspension; a determination of non-performance on a prior contract, cooperative agreement, grant or partnership; a determination of a violation of applicable ethical standards).
Beneficiary Eligibility
The ultimate beneficiaries of this education program are agricultural producers, with a priority for producers of crops not insurable by Federal crop insurance, specialty crops, and underserved commodities. Applicants receiving awards will ensure that such producers receive effective risk management education and information either directly or through agribusiness professionals that can impart risk management information to producers.
Applicants must demonstrate the capacity to deliver risk management education and information programs to producers in the written narratives and statements of work that accompany applications. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. Eligible applicants must complete and submit a valid application to RMA Headquarters by the application deadline. Requirements for a complete application package and the application deadline are set forth in the Request for Applications. Eligible applicants will also be able to apply electronically using
Award Procedure
Each application will be evaluated using a two-part process. First, each application will be screened by RMA personnel to ensure that it meets the requirements listed in the Request for Applications announcement. Second, a review panel will consider the merits of all applications that meet the requirements in the announcement. The panel will examine and score applications based on the evaluation criteria contained in the Request for Applications. Other review panel information is provided in the Request for Applications announcement. Following its review, the panel will report to the Manager of the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC) with a listing of the recommended applicants to receive partnership agreements. The Manager of FCIC will make the final determination on applications that will be awarded funding.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 90 to 120 days. Generally about 120 days from the deadline listed in the Request for Applications.
No provision is provided in this program for an appeal.
No provision is provided in this program for a renewal.
How are proposals selected?
Not Applicable.
How may assistance be used?
Entities receiving funding will use funds to (a) plan a local program of risk management education for agricultural producers, (b) develop and assemble instructional materials, (c) promote awareness for risk management and educational opportunities, (d) deliver educational activities to agricultural producers and agribusiness professionals, and (e) document project activities. Applicants may propose additional uses of funds that meet the objectives of the program. RMA will be substantially involved in the management and direction of the project. Indirect costs allowed for projects submitted under this program will be limited to ten percent of total direct costs of the partnership agreement. Funds may not be used to (a) plan, repair, rehabilitate, acquire, or construct a building or facility including a processing facility; (b) purchase, rent, or install fixed equipment; (c) repair or maintain privately owned vehicles; (d) pay the for preparation of the partnership agreement application; (e) fund political activities; (f) purchase alcohol, food, beverage, or entertainment; (g) pay costs incurred prior to receiving a partnership agreement; or (h) fund any activity prohibited in 7 CFR Parts 3015 and 3019, as applicable.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Program reports are not applicable. Cash reports are not applicable. quarterly. quarterly. Regional Offices will provide substantial involvement.
Not Applicable.
The recipient will maintain at its place of business all records required by the partnership agreement and the respective OMB Circulars.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Funding will normally be available for projects that will begin in July through September and will continue for up to one year. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: quarterly.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. RMA has ten Regional Offices nationwide serving potential applicants. A listing may be obtained from the RMA website or RMA Headquarters.
Headquarters Office
Lana K. Cusick 1400 and Independence Ave. SW
USDA South Building, Room 6717-S
Stop Code 0808, Washington, District of Columbia 20250-0808 Email: Phone: 2027203325
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Salaries) FY 11 $8,640,187; FY 12 est $3,000,000; and FY 13 est $0
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$20,000 - $100,000 per agreement as described in the Request for Applications.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Not Applicable.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.


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