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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative in the University of Arkansas School of Law has received two $99,992 grants from the United States Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management Agency. The grants will fund a series of risk-management presentations prepared by the initiative.

The series, “PROFIT: Crop Insurance, Financial Management Updates and Food Safety Risk Prevention,” will address legal issues relevant to tribal government officials and Native American farmers and ranchers in the USDA’s Spokane and Oklahoma City regions.

Comprehensive risk management is essential to any farmer’s or rancher’s success, but Indian Country producers face unique legal, regulatory and financial challenges that complicate the risk management landscape. Through this partnership with the agency, the initiative will offer the specific training that Native American producers need to handle emerging legal developments, including new complex food safety requirements and innovative crop insurance programming.

The PROFIT presentations will educate farmers and ranchers about the kinds of risk addressed by the USDA’s risk-management tools, to teach appropriate use of these tools, and to establish methods for making sound risk management decisions.

“The Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative does an excellent job of supporting itself through grants,” said Jim Rankin, vice provost for research and economic development at the U of A. “It consistently looks for and secures funds to support its innovative programs.”

Part of the initiative’s mission is to empower tribal governments, farmers, ranchers and food businesses by providing strategic planning and technical assistance, as well as creating professional education programs in food systems and agriculture.

The PROFIT presentations will be offered at seven locations within the two regions, and via four scheduled webinars. The times, dates and locations will be published to the initiative’s website and social media accounts once they are available.

Comprehensive risk management is essential to operator success, but Indian Country producers face unique legal, regulatory and financial challenges that complicate the risk management landscape. Through this partnership with the agency, the initiative will offer the specific training that Native American producers need to handle emerging legal developments, including new complex food safety requirements and innovative crop insurance programming.

The USDA’s Risk Management Agency has oversight of the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation. Through the corporation, the agency provides crop insurance to U.S. farmers and ranchers. One of the agency’s primary goals is to sponsor educational and outreach programs about risk management and the tools offered by the agency. These programs help ensure access to the agency’s tools and products. The agency’s website also offers agency news, summaries of insurance sales, information on pilot programs, crop policies and downloadable publications.

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