Call for Presentations – CLOSED

2021 Extension Risk Management Education National Conference

March 23 – 25, 2021

(10:00 am – 1:30 pm CT Daily)

The goal of this virtual conference is to broaden risk management education programming for agricultural producers, to encourage new programming efforts, and to strengthen existing programs.

Call for Concurrent Session and Poster Presentations

Proposals due by Monday, February 8, 2021

The 2021 ERME National Conference will bring together public and private sector educators, crop insurance agents, lenders, and other agricultural professionals to share ongoing and emerging successful risk management education efforts that target agricultural producers and their families. Conference participants will learn about what is working to help producers effectively manage the financial, production, marketing, legal and human risks associated with their agribusinesses. This virtual conference will be held daily from 10:00 am – 1:30 pm CT (March 23-25).

Concurrent Session and Poster Proposals

Concurrent Session and Poster presentation proposals are being solicited which highlight successful and innovative risk management education programming and its impacts. Abstract submission is encouraged from any public or private entity involved in risk management education for agricultural producers, regardless of whether the project was funded through a regional ERME Center.

Presentations should be geared toward educators (rather than producers) and should identify impacts achieved as a result of the educational efforts. Abstracts that include research as a major emphasis will not likely be considered for this conference.

Topics for Proposals

Concurrent Session and Poster exhibit topics may include programming related to any of the five areas of risk addressed by agricultural RME including: financial, production, marketing, legal and human.

The Planning Committee also invites proposals from projects that targeted audience groups which are identified for special emphasis through successive legislation, namely the 2008 Farm Bill, the 2014 Farm Bill and the 2018 Farm Bill. These include:

  1. beginning farmers or ranchers;
  2. legal immigrant farmers or ranchers that are attempting to become established producers in the United States;
  3. socially disadvantaged farmers or ranchers;
  4. farmers or ranchers that –
    1. are preparing to retire;
    1. are using transition strategies to help new farmers or ranchers get started;
    1. are converting production and marketing systems to pursue new markets;
  5. producers that are underserved by the Federal crop insurance program established under this subchapter, as determined by the Corporation (the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation);
  6. veteran farmers or ranchers.

The Conference Planning Committee encourages all concurrent session and poster presenters to focus on the risk management results that producers achieved through participation in their educational projects. 

Format of proposals: Proposals will be accepted online, beginning December 10, 2020. To submit a proposal for a concurrent session presentation or a poster display, please go to the conference page on the ERME website ( and click on the “Call for Presentations” link. There you will be able to register your proposal and provide an abstract (maximum of 250 words) describing your educational effort, and how it was of benefit to the participants.  

Length of sessions: Abstract submissions for 30-minute Concurrent Sessions are available. Please bear in mind that we would like presenters to allow 5-10 minutes at the end the session for questions and interaction.

Poster exhibits: Poster presentations will also be conducted virtually. Poster presenters should be prepared to upload a PDF of the poster, as well as provide a pre-recorded 2-3 minute “lightening talk” about their poster. More details will be made available following acceptance.

Review of Proposals

A peer review committee will consider each proposal submitted by the deadline of February 8, 2021. Decisions will be made no later than February 22, at which time presenters will be notified. Those accepted will be expected to confirm participation for a virtual presentation and to follow best management practices for virtual presentations as suggested by the Conference Committee upon acceptance.

Guidelines for Selected Concurrent Session and Poster Presenters

Concurrent session and poster presenters will need to have access to a computer with technology to connect to a virtual platform, as well as familiarity with making virtual presentations.

Concurrent session and poster presenters are expected to register* and participate throughout the Conference (March 23-25). The Conference will begin on the morning of March 23 and will conclude on March 25.

Concurrent session presenters should be prepared to submit an electronic copy of their presentation by Thursday, March 18, 2021. Further instructions and best management practices will be provided at a later date.

We strongly encourage early career agricultural educators to consider attending this virtual professional development conference. Please contact your regional ERME Center for additional information.

If you have any questions, please contact Laurie Wolinski ( or Michelle McCullough (

*There will be no registration fee for the 2021 ERME National Conference.