Western Region Agricultural Stress Assistance Program (WRASAP)

Western Region Agricultural
Stress Assistance Program (WRASAP)

OSU Extension Service: Introduction to Farm Succession Planning (Project)

A thriving family agricultural business is rooted in strong planning and communication. OSU’s free online handbook, Getting Organized: Business Organization and Succession Planning for Oregon Family Farms and Ranches, teaches you how to lay a strong but flexible legal foundation for your family and business to grow.

Every agricultural business should have a business succession and estate plan in place. This guide is for agricultural business owners who are looking toward retirement, for those who plan to die “with their boots on,” and for those who don’t plan to retire (or die) for a long time. This guide is also useful for aspiring farmers or ranchers who are hoping to take over a family operation, or looking to enter an ag business as a non-family member.

By doing some homework now, you will be prepared to work with your family, lawyer, accountant, and other professionals, saving you time and money. Doing this work shows your commitment and care for the most important things in life: Your family and your agricultural business legacy.


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Oregon USDA Agricultural Mediation Program

Six Rivers is Oregon’s USDA Certified Agriculture Mediation Program and is designed to meet the negotiation and conflict resolution needs of agricultural producers in the state of Oregon. Certified Mediation Programs work with Federal Agencies connected to the USDA, including Federal Forest Service, NRCS, FSA, Rural Development and Rural Housing, Risk Management as well as USDA Organic. Agricultural Credit disputes or negotiations are handled here as well as Agricultural foreclosure. Cases involve capturing crop values, commodity pricing, capturing cash flows, collateral values, FSA guaranteed program and financial ratios.


Service areas: Oregon

Go to Website | Phone: 888.628.4101

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Sierra Harvest

We offer a 14 week ag skills on-farm course in summers, have a 1-2 day intensive farm conference, a 7-week farm business training class, classes on how to get certified organic, support for sales to buyers, advocate locally and state-wide for policies, have farm tours to learn from other farmers and gatherings too.


Service areas: California

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Rhone’s Farm & Retreat LLC

We provide access to evidence based best practices for the beginning farmer (specializing in Veterans) as they navigate their new farmer journey. We collaborate with local, state, and national agencies to afford our participants the most up to date information and resources.


Service areas: Montana

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Rural Tax Education

Working with the USDA Risk Management Agency, the National Farm Income Tax Extension Committee recently created RuralTax.org, an online tool that provides agricultural producers with a source for agriculturally related income and self-employment tax information that is both easy to understand and continually updated to reflect changes in tax laws. Please see the website for details.


Service areas: National

Go to Website | Phone: 435.797.2323

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Nevada Small Business Development Center

Nevada SBDC guides and assists Nevadans looking to start and grow businesses, with objectives to increase business starts, create and retain jobs, and increase access to capital. One-on-one counseling services are free and confidential. Nevada SBDC also offers and coordinates a wide range of workshops and courses in collaboration with public and private entities. Nevada SBDC works closely with Nevada Dept. of Agriculture.


Service areas: Nevada

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Montana Agriculture Safety Program

Keep family, friends, and employees safe and reduce liability. Cultivate a culture of safety to reduce risk, lost time, loss of income, and loss of life and property. Create short safety trainings and procedures for tractors and other farm machinery.


Service areas: Montana

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Livelihood NW

Business planning workshops, Bookkeeping training, One-on-one Business advising, Cohort-based growth programs, connections to resources including legal, credit repair, tax prep, access to capital, contracts, and more. We work with all businesses and do not specifically specialize in any industry including farming. We are familiar with the many challenges that are shared across all small businesses.


Service areas: Oregon

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Idaho Cultivating Success: Small Acreage Farming & Ranching Education Program

Whole Farm Planning, Financial Planning, Sustainable Crop & Livestock Production, and Land Access short courses and workshops; Small Acreage Farming & Ranching webinars, beginning farmer hands-on practicums.


Service areas: Idaho

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Ajo Center for Sustainable Agriculture

We provide beginning farmer training, including an incubator farm and incubator market program, plus provide a variety of workshops and technical assistance to farmers, from marketing, financial management and business planning to field practices. We also have a mini-grants program. We specialize on tribal farmers and ranchers, and other socially disadvantaged farmers.


Service areas: Arizona

Go to Website | Phone: (520) 405-4872

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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.