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AnnouncementSeptember 9, 2015

The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is pleased to announce the Specialty Crop Multi-State Program (SCMP) grant opportunity and that the Risk Management Agency (RMA) continues to expand options for organic producers.
2015 Specialty Crop Multi-State Program Grant Opportunity
On September 4, AMS announced that approximately $3 million will be available to fund applications for the 2015 Specialty Crop Multi-State Program.  

The application deadline is January 14, 2016.
AMS will hold a teleconference to discuss the RFA on September 16, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time.  
RMA Announces Additional Options for Organic Producers
The USDA's Risk Management Agency (RMA) announced today additional options for organic producers to protect their operations from losses due to severe weather or price declines.  By increasing the number of crops with organic price premiums, and expansion of the contract price option, organic producers have new opportunities to obtain higher revenue protection or higher yield protection insurance policies. 

For more information on risk management tools for organic farmers, visit RMA Organic Crops Website.
About the Agricultural Marketing Service

USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) facilitates the competitive and efficient marketing of agricultural products. Through its National Organic Program, AMS facilitates trade and ensures the integrity of organic agricultural products by consistently implementing organic standards and enforcing compliance with the regulations throughout the world. Learn more.

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