Western Region Agricultural Stress Assistance Program (WRASAP)

Western Region Agricultural
Stress Assistance Program (WRASAP)

San Luis Valley Local Foods Coalition

Land and water for socially disadvantaged farmers: Incubator Farmer Program for farmers without access to land: Membership in farmers cooperative, On-site farm stand as marketing opportunity for Incubator Farmer Program participants Free plots available for families who want to grow food for sustenance Workshops and farm tours in English and Spanish covering topics such as compost, regeneratively-raised poultry, financial skills, water management, marketing, etc. Sister program Valley Roots Food Hub is a local foods aggregator and distributor in the San Luis Valley.


Service areas: Colorado

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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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The Farm Collaborative

We manage a farmer tool library with specialty farm equipment for rent including a potato harvester, walk behind tractor, All-Crop harvester, and more. We offer a housing library renting out tiny homes to be used for seasonal on-farm housing (must be approved by each county). Our farmer incubator program consults people that would like to try farming as a profession. After a year as an intern on the farm, incubators will learn about crop planning, business planning, and seed ordering and implement their own plot and business plan. Incubators will be able to use farm equipment and infrastructure and learn about land leases and land opportunities in the area.


Service areas: Colorado

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Farms to Grow, Inc.

We offer Business Plan Workshops and classes on how to sell at a Farmers Market and how to set up a local CSA. We also provide farm volunteers and Marketing and Distribution set up and support. One on one assistance on phone and in-person in applying for grants and other funding. Support services in particular to African American farmers nationwide


Service areas: California, National

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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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U.S. Farm Stay Association (dba Farm Stay USA)

Business planning toolkit and webinar instruction for setting up lodging on your farm. One-on-one advising from land acquisition to structures to insurance to marketing to reservation systems and more. Best practices answers to all questions with resources available. Referrals to similar businesses in their state.


Service areas: National

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The Kohala Center

The Kohala Center (TKC) is a non-profit organization based in Waimea on Hawaii Island. The Rural and Cooperative Business Development Services staff at TKC provides technical assistance in business development to farmers, ranchers, food enterprises, and rural cooperatives statewide. We specialize in cooperative development, financial capacity building, and new farmer education and training. TKC also offers microloans to eligible rural businesses located on Hawaii Island and Molokai.


Service areas: Hawaii

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Pacific Northwest CSA Coalition

Workshops on how to run a CSA program, marketing to CSA customers, assistance to farmers who want to offer their CSA shares to SNAP recipients, providing nutrition incentive programs to make CSA shares accessible, business planning workshops


Service areas: Oregon, Washington

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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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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.