Call for Presentations – Closed

February 14, 2018

Proposals due January 17, 2020

The 2020 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.

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;
    2. are using transition strategies to help new farmers or ranchers get started;
    3. are converting production and marketing systems to pursue new markets; and
  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); and
  6. veteran farmers or ranchers.

Please note that the 2020 conference will again include a “Women in Ag” Track. Proposals are sought that represent a cross section of programming specifically designed to address the risk management education needs of women producers, and the impacts demonstrated as a result of the educational efforts geared toward this targeted group.

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 November 1, 2019.

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: Tables and poster walls will both be available to exhibit posters. Conference participants will have an opportunity to interact with the poster authors during an evening networking reception on April 1st.

Review of Proposals

A peer review committee will consider each proposal submitted by the deadline of January 17, 2020.  Decisions will be made on or around February 11, at which time presenters will be notified.

Guidelines for Selected Concurrent Session and Poster Presenters

Concurrent session and poster presenters are expected to register, pay, and participate in the entire Conference (April 1-2, 2020). The Conference will begin early on the morning of April 1 and will conclude at noon on April 2. The Pre-Conference Seminar, for those who choose to attend, will take place on the afternoon of March 31.  Managing Climate Risk will be the theme of the Pre-Conference seminar. Concurrent session presenters should be prepared to submit an electronic copy of their presentation by Thursday, March 26, 2020. Further instructions will be provided at a later date.

Submitting Your Proposal

Before submitting your proposal for this conference (via the Ag Risk & Farm Management Library), please watch the videos and learn how to:

  1. Register an account; and
  2. Submit your Presentation Proposal


Travel Assistance

A limited amount of travel assistance will be available through the regional ERME Centers. Please note that in order to be eligible, recipients of ERME travel assistance must register for and attend the entire conference (and stay at the host hotel). Expenses will be reimbursed upon submission of evidence of participation in the entire conference, a travel expense report and appropriate receipts, including a hotel receipt from the host hotel.

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

If you have any questions, please contact Laurie Wolinski (, 302-831-2538) or Susan Olson (, 302-831-6540).