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Overcoming Resource Constraints: Developing Regional Risk Management Program Teams. Kynda Curtis, Utah State University Staci Emm, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension. Today’s Presentation. Economic environment Creating collaborations & programmatic teams Identified program needs

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overcoming resource constraints developing regional risk management program teams

Overcoming Resource Constraints: Developing Regional Risk Management Program Teams

Kynda Curtis, Utah State University

Staci Emm, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension

today s presentation
Today’s Presentation
  • Economic environment
  • Creating collaborations & programmatic teams
  • Identified program needs
    • Native Americans
    • Women
    • Beginning Farmers & Ranchers
  • Amplifying impact
economic environment
Economic Environment
  • University of Nevada, Reno
    • Budget cuts at 20.7% in 2009, 6.9% in 2010
      • Loss of ag econ & animal science depts (& associated specialists)
    • Nevada Cooperative Extension proposed cut of 72%, 2011-2012
  • Utah State University
    • Budget cuts at 17% for 2009-2010, 2% for 2011
  • Combining resources to better serve farmers & ranchers in Nevada & Utah
creating collaborations teams
Creating Collaborations/Teams
  • Identify people that like working together & share similar goals
    • Identify geographic location to be served
    • Identify strengths/weaknesses in team expertise
    • Supplement team through hires if needed
  • Identify target audience
    • Target Native American, women, & beginning farmers/ranchers
team expertise
Team Expertise
  • Kynda Curtis, Niche marketing/business planning & program evaluation
  • Staci Emm, Beef production/marketing, business entrepreneurship & youth programs
  • Ruby Ward, Taxes & financial management
  • Loretta Singletary, Conflict resolution and program evaluation
  • Dillon Feuz, Livestock marketing
  • Randy Emm, Indian programs & crop/livestock insurance
  • Kathy Frasier, Indian programs & record-keeping/Quickbooks
  • Carol Bishop, Enterprise budgets & feasibility analysis
  • Additional expertise in livestock production, vegetable/fruit production, & food safety/labeling
    • Ron Torell, Dan Drost, Steve Foster, Jay Davison, Karin Allen, & Brent Black
curriculum
Curriculum
  • Business planning
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Business/marketing plans
    • Niche/direct marketing
    • Crop/livestock insurance
    • Record-keeping/budgeting
    • Tax structure/preparing for taxes
    • Profitability/feasibility assessment
  • Production
    • Niche beef production
    • Small-scale fruit/vegetable production
    • Food safety
funding
Funding
  • Funding sources
    • Utah State University & University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
    • USDA-Risk Management Agency
      • Targeted states program
      • Outreach program
    • NIFA-BFRDP
      • Beginning farmer/rancher program
    • NIFA-FRTEP
      • Federal recognized tribes extension program
    • Western SARE
  • Funding applied for & managed by team PIs
program needs
Program Needs

Agricultural Product Receipts and Farm Demographics

Source: USDA National Agriculture Statistics Service, 2007

program needs1
Program Needs

Number of Socially Disadvantaged/Limited Resource Farm Operators

Source: USDA National Agriculture Statistics Service, 2007

native americans
Native Americans
  • Provide on-reservation training in Nevada
    • Record-keeping
    • Crop/livestock Insurance
    • Agricultural taxes
    • Small-scale vegetable production
  • Hold the only statewide American Indian Summit for tribal producers, Nevada
  • Plan to expand programming to Utah Fall 2011
  • Conduct regional tribal programming needs assessment summer 2011
women
Women
  • Fastest growing producer population
  • Small-scale fruit/vegetable production on the rise
  • Demand for local foods/direct markets increasing
  • Require knowledge to increase their profits & meet their family needs
  • Require skills to reduce family stress & conflict, including time management and dispute resolution
women1
Women
  • Nevada Small Farms Conference
    • March Fallon, NV
  • Great Basin Women & Youth in Ag Conference
    • June Las Vegas, NV – For Utah, Nevada, & Idaho
  • General Topics
    • Record-keeping/business planning/taxes
    • Crop/livestock insurance
    • Vegetable/fruit production/marketing
    • Food safety in value-added production
    • Niche livestock production/marketing
    • Family business management/conflict resolution
    • Direct marketing-farmers markets, farm-to-school
beginning farmers ranchers
Beginning Farmers/Ranchers
  • FFA program – MARSS (managing agriculture risk seminar series), Nevada
    • 30 classes held in pilot 2009
    • 12 classes with new curriculum 2011
  • Utah Building Farmers Program
    • Fall 8 week session, Utah
    • Fall 3 day conference, tribal members in Nevada
  • Diversified Agriculture Conference
    • February, Utah
  • Nevada Small Farms Conference
    • March, Fallon, NV
  • Economic Assessment of Low Water-Use Crops
    • One-day course held year-round in Utah, Idaho, & Nevada
evaluation program
Evaluation Program
  • Pre/post-testing
  • Post-workshop evaluation
  • 6 month and/or 1 year follow-up evaluation
  • Standard KASA, practices, SEEC model
    • Change in knowledge/attitude
    • Use of new knowledge/change in practice
    • Economic/social impacts
program impacts
Program Impacts
  • Results of Nevada Crop/Livestock Insurance Handbook Evaluations and Programming Participant Survey Regarding Crop/Livestock Insurance Understanding and Use
    • Understanding of crop insurance features, tools, use in risk management and awareness of agents increased by 6-15% from 2009-2010
    • Use of crop insurance increased by 6% from 2009-2010
    • Results from the 2010 handbook evaluations and 2010 survey are similar
    • The cost of crop insurance and inappropriate for farm/ranch were the primary reasons respondents didn’t purchase crop insurance in both the 2010 handbook evaluations and 2010 survey
    • Crop insurance policies earning premium increased by 32.22% from 2008-2009, and by 5.88% from 2009-2010
questions

Questions?

Thank you!