Lincoln, Neb. —The North Central Extension Risk Management Education Center (NCERMEC) recently awarded over $650,000 in funding to 15 project directors from universities and non-profit organizations across the north-central region.  These grants fund outreach that provides extension risk management education programs for producers. 

For the 19th straight year, the Extension Risk Management Education program has awarded grants for projects that educate farmers and ranchers with tools and training they need to address the uncertainties in farm income and manage their risk. The goal is to strengthen the economic viability of farm enterprises.  Funding decisions are made by an Advisory Council of peers from the north-central region who specialize in agricultural risk management. The project award period began April 1 and ends Sept. 30, 2021.

“This funding will be used to develop and implement educational programming for agricultural producers addressing production, financial, legal, human, and marketing risk,” said Brad Lubben, NCERMEC program director. In addition to these ERME grants, four projects were each awarded up to $3,000 to explore needs and develop plans for future programming.

The North Central Extension Risk Management Education Center is funded by USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and has been hosted by the University of Nebraska–Lincoln Department of Agricultural Economics and Nebraska Extension since 2001. The North Central Center serves the 12-state region of Ill., Ind., Iowa, Kansas, Mich., Minn., Mo., Neb., N.D., Ohio, S.D., and Wis. The Center was funded by NIFA for the second year of its current three-year $3.3 million award to support these newly-awarded grants across the region. 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 (Western).

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

This article originally appeared on IANRnews.unl.edu:

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