Western Region Agricultural Stress Assistance Program (WRASAP)

Western Region Agricultural
Stress Assistance Program (WRASAP)

Iowa State University Extension Farm and Ranch Well-being

“The overarching goals of the project titled, Farm and Ranch Wellness: The Next Steps, are to (1) develop a catalog of resources, trainings and connections to help farmers and ranchers know where to turn and, (2) to provide a fuller and more robust network of stress assistance programs, including a stress hotline and prescription drug abuse education, in the North Central Region. Individuals who are directly engaged in farming and ranching can lower their stress by attending programs such as “Stress on the Farm: Strategies that Help” or financial management programs for farm and ranch women.”

Service areas: Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio

Go to Website | Phone: 515-294-0860

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Michigan State University Extension Managing Farm Stress

“Every day, farmers take meticulous care of their animals and crops, ensuring they are healthy and safe. Yet farmers need support to manage their own stress and fatigue. This stress can become especially intense when an on-farm injury occurs, commodity prices are low or natural disasters decrease yield.

Whether these stresses come from a financial issue or the stresses of everyday life, MSU Extension can help. If you’re concerned about yourself, a family member, a friend or a neighbor, MSU Extension has a suite of resources and educators that can help identify and manage stress.”

Service areas: Michigan, National

Go to Website | Phone: 989-317-4079

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Hawaii Dept. of Agriculture

“The Hawaii Department of Agriculture’s (HDOA) 240 employees statewide work to support, enhance, promote, and protect Hawaii’s agriculture and aquaculture industries. We work to create and maximize opportunities for exporting; and facilitate growth of existing and new agricultural commodities and by-products. In addition, the department works to prevent the introduction and establishment of plants, animals and diseases that are detrimental to the state’s agriculture industry and the environment.”

Service areas: Hawaii

Go to Website | Phone: (808) 973-9560

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Colorado AgrAbility Project

The goal of the Colorado AgrAbility Project is to promote success in agriculture for people with disabilities and their families in the state of Colorado. The staff provides information, education and service to assist farmers, ranchers and agricultural workers so they can continue to have successful careers in agriculture. Services include assessing work sites and tasks, recommendations for farm/ranch equipment adaptations, and referrals to other local service providers.

Service areas: Colorado

Go to Website | Phone: 970.744.9011

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California AgrAbility

California AgrAbility is part of a nationwide USDA program that began through the 1990 Farm Bill. This project helps to link farmers, agricultural workers and ranchers with disabilities to vital assistance services through referrals. All callers are encouraged to continue working in agriculture. Staff provides callers with farm site assessment, information for equipment modifications, job restructuring, healthcare and rehabilitation.

Service areas: California

Go to Website | Phone: 800.477.6129

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Hawaiʻi Farm Bureau

The Hawaiʻi Farm Bureau is a grassroots non-profit organization founded by Hawaiʻi farmers and ranchers and working with organizations, communities and individuals involved in all aspects of the Agricultural Industry in Hawaiʻi. The Hawaiʻi Farm Bureau is organized to unify the County Farm Bureaus, thereby enhancing the knowledge, economic opportunity, prosperity, well being and happiness of its members; to analyze and resolve the problems that face agriculture through effective cooperation, planning and representation; to promote farmers’ and ranchers’ access to the physical, financial, intellectual, and human resources necessary for successful and profitable agriculture; and to ensure the protection and health of Hawaiʻi’s agricultural resources and the environment today and in the future.

Service areas: Hawaii

Go to Website | Phone: (808) 848-2074

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Utah State University Extension

The Extension system continues its longstanding tradition of extending the university to the people to improve the quality of life for individuals, families, and communities. Extension is unique in structure and function. As a partnership with federal, state, and local governments, the Extension system-with its network of county offices and state universities, is in a position to deliver educational programs at the grassroots level throughout the nation. The integration of teaching, research, and public service enables the Extension system to respond to critical and emerging issues with research-based, unbiased information.

Service areas: Utah

Go to Website | Phone: 435.797.2201

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AgrAbility of Utah

The AgrAbility Project was created to assist people with disabilities employed in agriculture. The project links the Cooperative Extension Service at a land-grant university with a private nonprofit disability service organization to provide practical education and assistance that promotes independence in agricultural production and rural living. The AgrAbility Project assists people involved in production agriculture who work on both small and large operations. The state AgrAbility staff provides training, site visits, on-farm assessments, technical assistance, and other information directly to the farmer or rancher with a disability.

Service areas: Utah

Go to Website | Phone: 435.797.3772

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AgrAbility Project Wyoming

Wyoming AgrAbility is part of a national program administered through the United States Department of Agriculture, focused on promoting independence for members of the agricultural community who have disabilities resulting from injury, illness, aging, or other causes.

Service areas: Wyoming

Go to Website | Phone: 1-888-989-9463.

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Northwest Communities Education Center- Radio KDNA

“Radio KDNA, a community public radio station, went on the air with an educational and informational format.  Radio KDNA has been instrumental in educating, informing, mobilizing, motivating and encouraging its listeners to become involved in every aspect of the Valley’s culture that affects their lives: health, education, and civic participation; to learn English, to become citizens and to fully understand all the implications of benefits received from schools, state and federal agencies.” “KDNA will direct its efforts as a minority public radio station in response to the cultural and informational isolation of Hispanic/Latino and other disadvantaged communities. Radio KDNA will produce quality radio programming to help such communities overcome barriers of literacy, language, discrimination, poverty, and illness. In this way, KDNA will empower these communities to more fully participate in our multiethnic society.”

Service areas: Washington

Go to Website | Phone: Business: (509) 854-2222; Radio Line: (509) 854-1900

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The Western Region Agricultural Stress Assistance Program is supported by the USDA Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network, under agreement number: 2020-70028-32731 proposal number: 2020-07631

The Western Region Agricultural Stress Assistance Program is an equal access/equal opportunity program.