Western Region Agricultural Stress Assistance Program (WRASAP)

Western Region Agricultural
Stress Assistance Program (WRASAP)

Farmers Market Coalition

The Farmers Market Coalition (FMC) is devoted to strengthening farmers markets for the benefit of farmers, consumers, and communities, serving as an information center for farmers markets, and a voice for farmers market advocacy. The FMC hosts a searchable library of resources for farmers, market managers, and sponsors of farmers markets, hosts regular webinars and a national listserv, and publishes a quarterly e-newsletter highlighting best practices.

Service areas: National, Pennsylvania

Go to Website | Phone: 610-935-6967

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Big Island Farm Bureau

We collectively represent the 4 farm bureau chapters on the Big Island of Hawaii, and we have an island-wide membership of 650+ members. Our mission is to represent, support and promote the social, economic and educational interests of ranchers, farmers and agriculture on the island of Hawaii. Our state organization provides many of these services and we facilitate them. We operate an Ag-Tourism business that markets and host farm tours statewide.

Service areas: Hawaii

Go to Website | Phone: 808.885.8015

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Agriculture and Land-Based Training Association

ALBA works with farmers and agricultural workers from the Central Coast of California to advance the economic viability, social equity and ecological land management among limited resource and aspiring farmers. Program services include technical internships for one and two years with the ultimate goal of creating full time, independent farmers.

Service areas: California

Go to Website | Phone: (831) 758-1469

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Valley Organic Growers Association

The mission of the Valley Organic Growers Association is to promote local sustainable agriculture by supporting and educating producers and consumers. Our guiding principles are to create and support viable local agriculture, maintain and improve the health of our soil, air and water, and ensure the production of nutritious food, free from synthetic inputs. Some of our activities include publishing an annual directory of members and products/services they offer, know your farmer education events, commenting on local management plans that might affect our growers, and other educational events.

Service areas: Colorado

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American Grassfed Association (AGA)

AGA is a national, multi-species entity organized to promote and protect grassfed producers and grassfed products through communication, education, research and marketing.

Service areas: Colorado, National

Go to Website | Phone: 877.77.GRASS

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International Center for Appropriate and Sustainable Technology (iCAST)

iCAST offers turn-key services in sustainable agriculture focused on Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency and Waste Utilization. iCAST specializes in a) technical and economic feasibility analysis, b) business plan development, c) process design, d) project implementation and management, and e) grant funding and market-based financing. iCAST partners with farmers and rural communities to develop solutions that are sustainable. iCAST projects use local resources for local benefit.

Service areas: Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Wyoming

Go to Website | Phone: 303.462.4100

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Idaho Dept. of Agriculture

Contact the department for a range of services and programs, including organic certification.

Service areas: Idaho

Go to Website | Phone: 208.332.8500

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University of Idaho Extension

University of Idaho Extension provides educational opportunities in the general areas of agriculture, natural resources, families, youth, and community development. They help people improve the social and economic, and environmental qualities of their lives through research-based education and leadership development focused on issues and needs. The home office also offers short classes and workshops on topics like farm/ranch management, FINPACK, and marketing. They work on potatoes, grain, beef and dairy as the major commodities, in addition to other crops. Offices are located in 42 of Idaho’s 44 counties and on 3 Indian reservations. The following site offers a map to locate county Extension offices: http://www.extension.uidaho.edu/find.asp

Service areas: Idaho

Go to Website | Phone: 208-885-5883

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CTAHR Cooperative Extension Service

Most of the extension agents and many of the specialists are University of Hawai’i faculty members who work from off-campus extension offices. County agents are available for individual consultations and can provide educational workshops and short-courses covering topics in agriculture, home economics, family living, 4-H and other youth activities, nutrition, and health. Educational materials such as brochures, publications, and videos are also available at county extension offices for use by the general public. Services provided by county agents are generally free of charge, but workshops and other organized activities may have a nominal fee.

Service areas: Hawaii

Go to Website | Phone: 808.956.8397

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Farmer-Veteran Coalition (FVC)

Our mission is to “mobilize veterans to feed America”. FVC works with military veterans and active-duty military personnel who are interested in pursuing careers in farming or ranching. We work to match those who want to farm with mentors, and work with many partners across the country. We sponsor educational farming workshops and help veterans looking for farm employment or apprentice opportunities. We run a small grants project for a limited number of veterans, primarily targeting combat disabled veterans. We support women veterans and disabled veterans.

Service areas: California, National

Go to Website | Phone: 530.756.1395

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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.