Call for Presentations

2023 Extension Risk Management Education National Conference

March 27-29, 2023

The ERME National Conference brings 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 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;
  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.

Format of proposals: Proposals will be accepted online, beginning November 17, 2022. To submit a proposal for a concurrent session presentation or a poster display, please go to the conference page on the ERME website (http://erme.events) and click on the “Call for Presentations” link and click “Submit your Proposal.” 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 of 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 March 28.

Review of Proposals

A peer review committee will consider each proposal submitted by the deadline of January 13, 2023. Decisions will be made no later than mid February, at which time presenters will be notified. Those accepted will be expected to confirm participation for a presentation and to follow best management practices for presentations as suggested by the Conference Committee upon acceptance.

Guidelines for Selected Concurrent Session and Poster Presenters

Concurrent session and poster presenters are expected to register and participate throughout the Conference (March 27-29). The conference will begin on the morning of March 28 and will conclude on March 29. The Pre-Conference will be held on March 27. The Pre-Conference topic is “Heir property & fractionated land: Estate, finance and tax implications.”

Concurrent session presenters should be prepared to submit an electronic copy of their presentation by Friday, March 17, 2023. Further instructions and best management practices will be provided at a later date.

Travel Assistance

A limited amount of travel assistance may be available. 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.

If you have any questions, please contact Curtis Mahnken (cmahnken@umn.edu) or Katie Carr (katiec@umn.edu).