News, events and opportunities from our Strengthening Co-op Capacity for Historically Underserved Farmers project


NCBA CLUSA’s USDA-funded Strengthening Co-op Capacity for Historically Underserved Farmers project is sharing a new roundup of news, funding opportunities, and upcoming events and trainings.

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Broadening Public Engagement in the Federal Regulatory Process

Interested members of the public can submit their feedback to as written feedback or recorded audio and video submissions. The Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) will be actively reviewing any submissions received through 5 PM EST on March 10, 2023. Learn more

USDA Expands Hurricane Insurance Protection to Include Certain Tropical Storms

Farmers may now be eligible for further protection against damaging tropical storms. After hearing directly from agricultural producers, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is expanding its Hurricane Insurance Protection-Wind Index (HIP-WI) Endorsement with a Tropical Storm Option. USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) will offer this option for the 2023 crop year. Learn more

Rolling Out Revenue-Based Disaster and Pandemic Assistance Programs

Agricultural producers can begin to apply for two new important programs for revenue losses, from 2020 and 2021 natural disasters or the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more


Funding Opportunities

USDA Rural Development

See the latest issue of Innovation Matters: Funding Opportunities, Resources, Events and Learning from USDA Rural Development.

USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)

Check out these upcoming application deadlines:

Events and Trainings

February 22: Saving Black Land with Cannabis: The Rise of 40 Acre Co-op

February 28: Application deadline for the Strengthening Co-op Capacity for Historically Underserved Farmers curriculum development advisory group

March 1: Cooperative Management Certificate course begins

March. 13-14: Cooperative Council of North Carolina (CCNC)’s Co-op Conference 2023

March 16, 21, 23, 28 and 30: Finance Fundamentals – Financial Analysis for New Cooperatives

March 21: Co-op Cincy’s Co-op U

March 22: UW Center for Cooperative’s Finance Basics for Directors

June 2-3: 2023 California Co-op Conference

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