Risk Management Education Partnerships

To deliver training and information as well as outreach activities in the management of production, marketing, financial, legal and human risk to the U.S.

agricultural producers with a priority to producers of crops not insurable with Federal crop insurance, specialty crops, and underserved commodities.

Agency - Department of Agriculture

Established in 1862, the Department of Agriculture serves all Americans through anti-hunger efforts, stewardship of nearly 200 million acres of national forest and rangelands, and through product safety and conservation efforts. The USDA opens markets for American farmers and ranchers and provides food for needy people around the world.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

RMA has ten Regional Offices serving potential applicants.

A listing may be obtained from the RMA website or RMA Headquarters.



Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Entities receiving funding will use funds to (a) plan a local program of risk management education and outreach activities for agricultural producers, (b) develop and assemble instructional materials, (c) promote awareness for risk management and education opportunities, (d) deliver education activities to agricultural producers and agribusiness professional, (e) document project activities, (f) report activities and spending as directed by RMA, and (g) measure the results of the training and/or activities.

Applicants may propose additional uses of funds that meet the objective 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 cooperative 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 for the preparation of the cooperative agreement application, (e) fund political activities, (f) purchase alcohol, give-away promotional items, or entertainment, (g) lend money to support farming or agricultural business operation or expansion, (h) pay entrance fees, conference registration fees, or other expenses to conferences or similar activities for any person not on the agenda or not working at an event booth promoting RMA programs or the RMA funded project.

These expenses will not be paid for the recipient?s Board of Directors, family members or similar entities, (i) pay costs associated 501(c) applications, and (j) Fund any activities prohibited in 2 CFR Parts 200 and 400, as applicable.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Eligible applicants include State departments of agriculture, universities, non-profit agricultural organization 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 of producers of crops not insurable by Federal crop insurance, specialty crops, and undeserved commodities. Applicants receiving awards will ensure that such producers receive effective risk management education, information and outreach activities that can impact the risk management decision making.

Credentials/Documentation

Applicants must demonstrate the capacity to deliver crop insurance education and information programs to producers in the written narratives and statements of work that accompany applications. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. All applicants must submit applications in compliance with the criteria outlined in the Request for Applications (RFA) by the deadline specified in the Notice. Applications must be submitted electronically. Hard copy applications are not acceptable. Program application materials may be downloaded from the RMA website at www.rma.usda.gov.

Award Procedures

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 cooperative agreements. The Manager of FCIC will make the final determination on applications that will be awarded funding.

Deadlines

Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Authorization

Federal Crop Insurance Act (FCIA), 7 U.S.C. 1522(d)(3)(F).

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 90 to 120 days. Deadlines and other key dates are listed in the Request for Applications. Applicants may contact headquarters or a regional office if they have additional questions.

Appeals

No provision is provided in this program for an appeal.

Renewals

The project period is one year; there are no renewals under this program.

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 September and will continue for up to one year. Method of releasing federal funds is through the submission and certifying of the SF-270 on an as needed basis. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: The Recipient submits an SF-270 with backup documentation to request funds on an as needed basis. Before a request is approved it is reviewed and certified by the Grants and Agreement Specialist. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: The assistance is provided through the request of funds (SF-270) and requires the approval of RMA.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Program reports and updates are submitted quarterly.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Program and Federal Financial Reports are required to be submitted quarterly.

When requests for reimbursements are submitted the Recipients also provides backup documentation for the expenses.

A quarterly federal financial report (SF-425) is also submitted documenting expenses to date.

10 Regional Offices and RMED DC Office provide substantial involvement on these projects.

Audits

Not Applicable.

Records

Recipients will maintain (at its place of business) all records required by the agreement and the respective OMB circulars.

Financial Information

Account Identification

12-4085-0-3-351.

Obigations

(Cooperative Agreements) FY 16 $4,579,825; FY 17 est $4,000,000; and FY 18 est $4,500,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

It is difficult to accurately estimate the number and amount of awards that RMA will provide this year. However, last year, RMA awarded approximately 58 cooperative agreements with an average of $78,910 (the lowest amount being $26,304 and the highest award at $99,999).

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

This program is announced as a Request for Applications at www.Grants.gov and the RMA web site, along with specific information on obtaining an application package.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. RMA has ten Regional Offices serving potential applicants. A listing may be obtained from the RMA website or RMA Headquarters.

Headquarters Office

Young Kim 1400 Independence Ave. SW USDA South Building, Room 6717-S , Washington, District of Columbia 20250-0808 Email: young.kim@rma.usda.gov Phone: 2027201416

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not Applicable.


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