Extension Risk Management
Education (ERME) is delivered through four regional centers that provide grant
funding and leadership within their regions. The four regional centers include, the University of
Arkansas (Southern), the University of Nebraska
(North Central), the
University of Delaware
Washington State University
The Southern Extension Risk Management Education Center (SRMEC) serves the following 15 Southern states:
Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South
Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.
Projects are 18 months in length and are designed to help producers learn new strategies to manage the
agricultural risks they face. The goal is simple…give farmers and ranchers the tools to improve their
management skills and capabilities. Projects address the five general types of risk associated with farm
ranch businesses: production, price/market, financial, legal, and human risks. Funded projects are
producer-focused, results-based and encourage public-private partnerships. Project steps must identify
targeted results that will help producers manage risk and then describe how the project will measure
results. Each project must be completed within 18 months, April 1 to September 30. Awards range from
to a maximum of $50,000. Applicants may also apply for planning, development or piloting efforts by
submitting an Exploratory Projects. These projects seek to pilot new programs, plan feasible program
strategies and build collaborations with key stakeholders.
Southern Risk Management Education Center has funded
programs that have generated tangible results
for producers in every state and territory across the southern region.