OSA Receives RMA Grant for Trainings in Climate & Seed

For Immediate Release: December 6, 2012

Contact: Kristina Hubbard, (406) 493-6965, kristina@seedalliance.org

Trainings will engage vegetable seed producers in the Northwest region

Port Townsend, WA – Organic Seed Alliance (OSA) proudly announces support from USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) to educate vegetable producers in the Northwest region on managing climate-related risks to their seed operations.

The Northwest region contains some of the best seed producing areas in the world. In 2009, there were 27,000 acres of vegetable seed production in Idaho, Washington, and Oregon, representing about 80% of the total vegetable seed acreage in the U.S. and valued at over 50 million dollars.

OSA will produce a how-to publication and host trainings on risk management strategies to provide producers the tools they need for mitigating climatic risks when growing seed crops. The project will serve specialty crop producers throughout Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. The publication will be translated into Spanish, and at least one field training will be hosted in both English and Spanish.

“OSA is well-positioned to deliver quality education to specialty crop producers in the Northwest region on this important risk management topic,” says OSA Executive Director Micaela Colley. “We’re especially excited about the opportunity to collaborate with the Hispanic farming community, opening the door to new partnerships and extending the reach of our education.”

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