Western Region Agricultural Stress Assistance Program (WRASAP)

Western Region Agricultural
Stress Assistance Program (WRASAP)

WSDA Office of Compliance and Outreach

The WA legislature eliminated funding for the Small Farm & Direct Marketing Program at the Washington State Dept. of Agriculture as of June 30, 2011. The knowledgeable staff from that program have been retained within the agency, now serving as Education & Outreach Specialists for the Office of Compliance and Outreach in the Food Safety and Consumer Services Division. We continue to strive to assist farmers and food processors with regulatory issues as well as education around food safety and compliance. Thanks to federal grant funding we are also active in Farm to School and Value-added Processing workshops. www.agr.wa.gov;


Service areas: Washington

Go to Website | Phone: 360.656.5063

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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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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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Oahu Agriculture and Conservation

  • Economic development support for Hawaii farmers
  • Farmer and rancher education and training for Hawaii farmers

Service areas: Hawaii

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Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides (NCAP)

The Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides works to protect people and the environment by advancing ecologically sound alternatives to pesticides. NCAP is dedicated to sustainable agriculture, public education around pesticides and related health concerns, and helping to develop better public policy relating to pesticides.


Service areas: California, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington

Go to Website | Phone: 541.344.5044 x15

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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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Cultivating Success

Educational programs to increase the number and foster the success of sustainable small farmers and ranchers in WA. The goal of these educational opportunities is to provide beginning and existing farmers with the planning and decision-making tools, production skills, and support necessary to develop a sustainable farm or food business. Cultivating Success? connects the student with farmers and exposes them to real world situations through a community-based, experiential approach. Foundational Courses: Is a Small Farm in Your Future? This one day, workshop?style, entry level course is designed for anyone interested in exploring options for a small farm enterprise. This may include individuals new to farming as well as more experienced farmers looking to change directions or add a new component to their existing farm operation. Whole Farm Planning We?ll cover a broad overview of production and marketing options for today?s small farm! Whether you are just exploring the opportunities available or already have an existing operation, you?ll learn what it takes to create, sustain, and grow a viable small farm. Agricultural Entrepeneurship This in-depth farm and food business planning course will help you create a business plan that you can literally take to the bank to finance a new enterprise or expand an existing one. Because navigating the ins and outs of food related businesses is not easy, this course will have a special emphasis on the financial and legal issues unique to farm-based businesses and will feature a full line-up of guest speakers including bankers, business professionals, and successful farm and food biz owners.


Service areas: Washington

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Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association

CFVGA is a farm organization that advocates for Colorado produce growers of all sizes and types. We offer an annual conference with educational content and networking opportunities, other educational events and weekly emails with news and resources relevant to produce growers.


Service areas: Colorado

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California Aquaculture Association

The California Aquaculture Association promotes commercial production of plants and animals in aquatic systems to satisfy the needs of consumers for wholesome products that are produced by sustainable means conserving California’s land and water resources.


Service areas: California

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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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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.