Western Region Agricultural Stress Assistance Program (WRASAP)

Western Region Agricultural
Stress Assistance Program (WRASAP)

North American Food Systems Network

“The North American Food Systems Network (NAFSN) was founded in 2015 to offer leadership and technical skills training, networking, and other professional development opportunities for the growing group of individuals supporting the development of equitable and sustainable local and regional food systems.

Members range from farm educators and community nutritionists to planners, activists, and scholars. The mission of this community of practice is to coalesce the current disparate group of practitioners, and build individual and collective capacity to solve pressing food and agriculture issues on the continent. Presently there are many innovative solutions and pioneering organizations working to address and understand the complex issues of food systems−for example, working to eliminate causes of food deserts, obesity, hunger, and other food-related human health issues as well as working to increase sustainable farming practices, ecological and economic health of farms and rural areas, and creating viable markets.

There is a need for a holistic collaboration and coordination between and among these efforts. Leaders are needed to guide and propel all these efforts, and NAFSN aims to provide the tools to build the necessary human capital and create a place for sharing and collective learning. NAFSN expects to see growth of competencies, increased best practices, and more effective targeting of resources as results of its efforts.”


Service areas: National, New York

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Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research

“The Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research (FFAR) builds public-private partnerships to support bold science. Our research, co-created with the agriculture community, fills critical research gaps. We also invest in the future scientific workforce.”


Service areas: National

Go to Website | Phone: 202-624-0700

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Iroquis Family Farms Real Estate Investment Trust

“Iroquois Valley Farmland REIT is an organic farmland finance company that provides farmer-friendly leases and mortgages to the next generation of organic farmers. Since our founding in 2007, we have directed $50 million in investments in organic agriculture. Our goal is to make organic agriculture the norm, not the exception in America to benefit the health of the soil and of future generations.”


Service areas: Illinois, National

Go to Website | Phone: CORPORATE OFFICES: (847) 859-6645 FARM AND FARMER INFORMATION:(847) 859-6645 EXT. 2

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USDA New Farmers

 New to farming? Want to learn how to start a farm? USDA can help and offers additional assistance to beginning farmers and ranchers. USDA considers anyone who has operated a farm or ranch for less than ten years to be a beginning farmer or rancher. USDA can help you get started or grow your operation through a variety of programs and services, from farm loans to crop insurance, and conservation programs to disaster assistance.


Service areas: National

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USDA CRP

“CRP is a land conservation program administered by FSA. In exchange for a yearly rental payment, farmers enrolled in the program agree to remove environmentally sensitive land from agricultural production and plant species that will improve environmental health and quality. Contracts for land enrolled in CRP are 10-15 years in length. The long-term goal of the program is to re-establish valuable land cover to help improve water quality, prevent soil erosion, and reduce loss of wildlife habitat.”


Service areas: National

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USDA CREP

“The Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) is a part of the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) the country’s largest private-land conservation program. Administered by the Farm Service Agency (FSA) CREP targets specific State or nationally significant conservation concerns, and federal funds are supplemented with non-federal funds to address those concerns. In exchange for removing environmentally sensitive land from production and establishing permanent resource conserving plant species, farmers and ranchers are paid an annual rental rate along with other federal and non-federal incentives as applicable per each CREP agreement. Participation is voluntary, and the contract period is typically 10-15 years.”


Service areas: National

Go to Website | Phone: 602-280-8800; 602-280-8823,

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USDA Drought Programs and Assistance

 


Service areas: National

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USDA Trade

“At the core of USDA’s mission is fostering economic opportunity and innovation that will continue to help American agriculture grow and thrive in a global economy. Through research, data and analysis, trade agreements, grants and programs that add value to products, USDA works to expand and maintain both foreign and domestic markets for American farmers, ranchers and agribusinesses.”


Service areas: National

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USDA Farmers.gov

 


Service areas: National

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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.