April 24, 2019

Lincoln, Neb. — The North Central Extension Risk Management Education Center (NCERMEC) recently awarded over $597,000 in funding for 13 project directors to develop extension risk management education programs for producers. 

For the 18th straight year, the Extension Risk Management Education program has awarded grants for projects that educate farmers and ranchers with tools they need to address the uncertainties in farm income and manage their risk. Funding decisions are made by an advisory council of peers from the 12-state north central region who specialize in agricultural risk management. The funding year began April 1, 2019 and ends September 30, 2020. 

“This funding will be used to develop and implement educational programming for agricultural producers addressing production, human resources, financial, legal and marketing risk,” said Brad Lubben, NCERMEC program director. Project directors are from north central universities and government as well as nonprofit organizations. In addition to these ERME grants, five projects were each awarded $3,000 to explore needs for future programing.

The North Central Extension Risk Management Education Program is funded by USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture and has been hosted by the University of Nebraska–Lincoln Department of Agricultural Economics and Nebraska Extension since 2001. The Center was funded for the first year of their recent three-year $3.3 million award. In addition to the North Central Center, ERME regional centers are located across the country at the University of Delaware (Northeast), the University of Arkansas (Southern) and Washington State University (West).

For more information and to see a full listing of funding recipients and their projects, go to www.ncerme.org.

Cheryl Griffith
Public Relations and Communications Specialist
North Central Risk Management Education Center

This article originally appeared on IANRnews.unl.edu:

Extension Risk Management Education Center announces funding of projects

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