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Helping Socially Disadvantaged

Farmers Manage Risk
By Dr. Laurence M. Crane, NCIS

" I gained detailed knowledge of the intricate
financial and legal details to managing a viable
farm. I feel way more confident in my preparations
in undertaking sustainable farming enterprises. "
(Alabama Farmer)
This is just one of many farmer testimonials
about the success and effectiveness of NCIS outreach activities that provide risk management
education to small, limited resource, and socially
disadvantaged farmers and ranchers.
Risk management planning continues to be a
timely topic as farmers face threatening financial
risks including narrower profit margins and increased marketing uncertainties.  In 2019-2020,
NCIS conducted workshops in nine states, educating 327 farmers and 61 local extension educators.  Two courses were offered, one on developing personal risk management plans, and one on
developing marketing plans and strategies.
Both courses followed an innovative, concentrated curriculum with sequential workshops,
hands-on activities and individualized on-farm
follow-up, providing participants an opportunity
to succeed. The aspiration was to affect long-term
behavioral change, consistent with experience
showing behavior changes are more likely with
sustained personal support.
" This was one of the best workshop series I've
attended. At the final day we had a complete product which we could continue to refine as we monitor our enterprises. " (Maryland Farmer)

Laurence Crane with the farmers and ranchers who attended the workshops in Upper Marlboro,
Maryland coordinated by the University of Maryland-Eastern Shore.

Priority and Emphasis

NCIS outreach efforts focused on limited
resource and socially disadvantaged producers
of specialty crops where there is no insurance
coverage, and producers of under-served commodities that are covered by crop insurance but
have a participation rate lower than the national

Participants were grouped together by the types of commodities they produced (row crops,
vegetables, livestock, etc.) and worked together to identify the common risks they face and
discussed potential risk management strategies. Here Carolyn Banks, Alcorn State University
Extension Educator from Fayette, Mississippi, discusses the use of enterprise budgeting in making
decisions.
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