Western Region Agricultural Stress Assistance Program (WRASAP)

Western Region Agricultural
Stress Assistance Program (WRASAP)

Columbia Community Creamery

Since 1964, Stevens County, WA, has witnessed a significant decline from 360 dairies to just 9. This stark reduction is attributed to consolidation driven by flawed government programs and ineffective cooperative efforts.

The government’s low milk prices have led to a surge in farm debt, forcing many dairies out of business. The absence of local processing infrastructure, coupled with persistently low milk prices, further hinders the establishment of new farms.

We believe in a different dairy future with vibrant small farms connected to thriving rural communities through nutritious food. Healthy cows, healthy farms, healthy communities. Columbia Community Creamery exists solely to support our local rural community of producers and consumers.

Working with Farmers

Small farms have always been the backbone of local agriculture. We help farmers by assisting with grazing planning, veterinary care, farm planning, regenerative farming practices, networking, sourcing supplies, finding feed, using new technologies, improving business skills, and so forth.

Access to Market

There must be easier access to the market to keep farms and encourage new farms. This includes a fair milk price, covered milk hauling, local processing, marketing, and regional distribution. We are creating a strong brand for our dairy farmers allowing them to focus on producing the best milk.

Community Engagement

Our nonprofit increases economic, social, and environmental benefits to our community. Foremost we are providing nutritious milk to feed our neighbors. Education programs reconnect community members with agriculture. Supporting local farms strengthens our rural economy.


Service areas: Washington

Go to Website | Phone: (509) 935-0545

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North Coast Growers’ Association

North Coast Growers’ Association supports Humboldt County’s farmers and artisan producers in building a robust and resilient local food system. We envision a strong, successful, growing community of diversified farms supporting broad based consumption of local foods and products. Our organization is stable and resilient, our members are thriving, and our customers are knowledgeable about the value of local food and small farms. We actively engage a more culturally and economically diverse customer base and foster responsible stewardship of our agricultural resources. We ensure that local market opportunities match the needs of our members and community. Our local food system is financially sustainable, money invested within direct and wholesale opportunities is balanced with the impacts to our members, and NCGA income supports the diversification of markets and product offerings of our members. NCGA Agricultural Programs are a new sector of NCGA, designed to address the most critical needs in our regional farming community in Humboldt County, CA. In collaboration with many regional partners, our programs work to provide local farmers with resources to help with their business and growing practices, connect to local and national agricultural resources, and provide workshops and peer-to-peer learning opportunities on topics that will benefit our local farmers and food system.


Service areas: California

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Mission West Community Development Partners

Works with small businesses, communities development organizations, cooperatives, and food and agriculture producers in  Lake, Mineral, and Sanders County, Montana. Business Development Center Community Development Center Cooperative Development Center Mission Mountain Food Enterprise Center


Service areas: Montana

Go to Website | Phone: 406-676-5901

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Mandela Partners

Mandela Partners drives equitable, people-centered, community development strategies in the Oakland area. We do this by braiding together several strands of work: Supporting the launch and growth of local food enterprises. Increasing access to healthy food. Building skills and capacity of local BIPOC entrepreneurs. Strengthening income generation among small sustainable farmers. Facilitating access to community capital.


Service areas: California

Go to Website | Phone: (510) 433-0993

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Ecological Agriculture Training Cultural Center and Farm

The EAT! Cultural Center is Southern California’s Field to Face school and is a partnership between the City of Norco and Five Keys Schools and Programs. Our approach has always been wisdom-based, scientifically-informed and hands-on. We believe the future of Southern California Agriculture is small in scale, not in impact. To ensure the success of small farms, we focus on the 7 Tenets of Small Farm Management Systems and teach the mastery of 9 Core agricultural knowledge areas.


Service areas: California

Go to Website | Phone: (951)255-7092

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Idaho Farm and Ranch Center

The mission of the Idaho Farm and Ranch Center is to collaborate with partners to promote resources and organize efforts that help farmers and ranchers cultivate a viable and resilient agricultural industry. We strive to be a central location for information and help with succession planning, farm stress, financial planning, new and beginning farmers, and veterans in agriculture. Our mission is accomplished by providing workshops, an annual conference, and working with industry partners to collect and distribute resources.


Service areas: Idaho

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AgPlan – University of Minnesota

AgPlan is designed to provide customized assistance to different types of AG businesses. AgPlan makes it easy for you to: Develop your own Business Plan Learn what you need to include in your Plan with Tips & Resources. View Sample Plans for ideas, Share your Plan, print, download and work with your own Reviewers.


Service areas: National

Go to Website | Phone: (612) 625-1964

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Washington State University Extension Agricultural Economist Program

WSU Extension’s agricultural economist Jon Paul Driver teaches a series of courses across Washington focusing on: Record Keeping and Budgets Evaluating Financial Condition Debt Management Knowledge and Options Cash Flow Management Reorganization Plans and Tools. This series will provide a basic core of knowledge for participants to address and improve farm and ranch financial management. In addition, Jon offers one-on-one consulting services and support for farmers and ranchers wanting to develop a reorganization plan that addresses their specific needs. Services are available at no charge.


Service areas: Washington

Go to Website | Phone: 509-671-2804

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Pacific Gateway Center

The mission of Pacific Gateway Center is to empower low-income residents, immigrants, refugees and other vulnerable populations to achieve self-sufficiency through skill-building and access to opportunities while respecting cultural heritages.  As the majority of our immigrant clients are farmers from their respective home countries, leading self-sufficient lives means returning to the farm. Currently we lease 206 acres of farmland to refugee and immigrant families in Kunia.


Service areas: Hawaii

Go to Website | Phone: 808-851-7010

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Kitchen Table Advisors

Kitchen Table Advisors fuels the economic viability of sustainable small farms and ranches through practical business advising and trusted relationships.


Service areas: California

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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.