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2019 Fall Newsletter

Newsletter for Western Agricultural Educators & Stakeholders

Published by the Western Extension Risk Management Education Center

Fall 2019

Our Fall 2019 newsletter edition looks at the role that risk management education plays in the 2018 Farm Bill; and especially as it relates to underserved producers.  This issue places a specific focus on American Indian agriculture and the successes of different programs across the West that have helped to improve the quality of life for tribal producers, their families and communities. Four of the articles demonstrate building Extension’s mission through the 1862’s Federally Recognized Tribes Extension Program (FRTEP) – a reservation-based program that provides culturally relevant, science-based programming in agriculture and natural resource management, horticulture, traditional foods, youth development and entrepreneurial business development.   The fourth article – an ERME project success story, highlights another Extension project delivered by New Mexico State University – “The Navajo Rancher Sustainability Project”.

The Western Center’s Extension Risk Management Education Grants Program is now accepting applications from organizations who have experience educating producers on farm viability and a full range of risk management strategies.  View the application details.

Silver grain elevators in Gilbert, Arizona, USA with pink setting sun

The Role of Risk Management Education in the 2018 Farm Bill

In the face of economic uncertainty, the 2018 Farm Bill, known as the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, is one major tool that provides a range of programs which help farmers and ranchers mitigate agricultural risks.

2018 Farm Bill Conference Logo

2018 Farm Bill Conference Presentations

This links to the 2018 Farm Bill Conference Presentations website referenced in the Farm Bill article.

2018 Farm Bill Information Update

2018 Farm Bill – Information Update for Washington

This Washington State fact sheet shows a timeline for the 2018 Farm Bill – including 2014 base acres and commodity programs and PLC and ARC county payment formulas.

Agriculture as a Pathway to Youth

Agriculture is the primary economic industry on the Blackfeet Reservation with 800 producers managing 1.5 million acres of land. FRTEP agent Verna Billedeaux extends life-long learning to tribal members through unbiased, research based education.

Lady vaccinating buffalo in stantion

Tribal Farmers and Ranchers – Partnering for Community Vitality

Program director and FRTEP agent Danielle Gunn provides leadership and cultivates partnerships to develop and implement educational programs in response to producer, youth and community needs on the Fort Hall Reservation.

Man on horseback ponying another horse in the mountains

Agriculture – A Leading Priority for Navajo Nation Tuba City, Arizona

Grey Farrell, FRTEP agent and program director in the Western Navajo Agency, plays a vital role in providing Navajo producers with information in the areas of livestock management, natural resource management, youth development, healthy living, farming and home gardening.

Cornstalks in Washington, CT field with ears of corn ready for picking

The American Indian Producer in the New Economy

FRTEP agent Jeannie Benally (now retired) provided leadership in educational outreach and cultivated partnerships with other agencies in the Navajo Shiprock community. Alexendra Carlisle – the new FRTEP agent, is furthering the goals established by Benally and the Navajo Nation.

Cattle standing in a dryland field in New Mexico

Navajo Rancher Sustainability Project

The goal of this ERME funded project was to increase rancher profitability and sustainability by reducing producer production, marketing, financial and legal risk. Program Director Michael Patrick provided leadership in delivering workshops, resource fairs and technical assistance on a range of management and operations issues.

Newsletter for Western Agricultural Educators & Stakeholders
Published by the Western Extension Risk Management Education Center
Spokane, WA 99202

Fall 2019
Volume 9 Issue 1

Heather Schriver

J. Shannon Neibergs

Associate Director
Jo Ann Warner

National Program Leader
Brent Elrod, USDA-NIFA


The Western Extension Risk Management Education Center (Western Center) compiles this newsletter with submissions from our staff and may include submissions from the other 3 regional Extension Risk Management Education (ERME) Centers; as well as university faculty, agencies, educator organizations and researchers from throughout the Western region and nation. We make every attempt to provide valuable and informative items of interest to our stakeholders. The views and opinions expressed here are not necessarily those of the Western or other regional ERME Centers. The Western Center is not responsible for the content of these submitted materials or their respective websites; and their inclusion in this newsletter does not imply ERME’s endorsement of that agency/organization/program.

This material is based upon work supported by funding through the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture. Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The Western Extension Risk Management Education Center is hosted by Washington State University with support from WSU Extension and the College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences Extension School of Economic Sciences.

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