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Conference Name Addressing the Extension Program Needs of Traditionally Underserved Groups: Results from Risk Management Colloquia Across the South

Paul Goeringer, Dr. H. L. Goodwin, Sandra Martini, and Dr. Ron Rainey

Summary

This presentation communicates the results of four risk colloquia conducted across the South during 2010 and 2011 by the Southern Risk Management Education Center (SRMEC) at the University of Arkansas. These risk colloquia were targeted at historically underserved groups in agriculture to better understand their risk management education needs. The colloquia results are important to groups looking to illustrate the need for the development of risk management programs that benefit growing traditionally underserved groups. Results show that the traditional programs being developed by state Extension services and land grant universities are currently not being utilized by these traditionally underserved groups, and these groups are looking to outside sources for their risk and production management information. Developing risk management education programs relevant to this growing traditionally underserved group will help state Extension services and land grant universities gain new audience for their programs and keep these two groups relevant among today’s agricultural producers. Conference attendees representing their state’s women in agriculture group or state’s Annie’s Project will be able to use these results as powerful tools to present to their state’s Extension service and land grant university to better illustrate the need to develop programs that meet the needs of women in agriculture and keep their state’s Extension service and land grand university relevant to today’s diverse group of agricultural producers. Results would also be helpful to women in agriculture groups that currently compete for grants as they could provide quantifiable evidence of the importance of their proposed program.

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