Western Region Agricultural Stress Assistance Program (WRASAP)

Western Region Agricultural
Stress Assistance Program (WRASAP)

National Association of Resource Conservation & Development Councils

RC&D Councils are 501(c)3 non-for-profit corporations. They are not governmental entities, so the typical policies and constraints of local, state, and federal government programs do not limit the types of issues they address or the means they use. Within their respective areas (typically covering 5-8 counties), RC&D Councils have a high degree of independence to carry out activities that will achieve their most important goals. RC&D Council volunteers are leaders and community stakeholders involved in multiple roles in local government, school boards, churches, and other civic activities. At RC&D Council meetings, they draw from their professional expertise and community connections to determine the needs of their RC&D Council areas, address those needs, and make their communities better places to live, work, and play. Nationwide, over 25,000 volunteers serve on local RC&D Councils. Our programs involve: Youth Engagement Underserved and Beginning Farmers Engagement Farm Bill outreach Urban Ag Initiatives Veteran Farmers Engagement Rural Economic Development Human Resource Development


Service areas: National

Go to Website | Phone: 888.487.6127

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Steward

Our mission is to promote environmental and economic stewardship through regenerative agriculture. We do this by providing flexible loans to human-scale farms, ranches, fisheries, and food producers looking to propel their operations forward. But we don’t do it alone. Steward gives qualified lenders the opportunity to purchase loan participations, advancing our mission by helping to fund the growth of regenerative agriculture in their community or across the country.


Service areas: National, Puerto Rico, Tribal Nation, Virgin Islands

Go to Website | Phone: 503-868-0400

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Soil Health Academy

SHA, a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization, focuses its efforts on helping farmers first UNDERSTAND and then successfully apply nature’s time-proven, regenerative agriculture principles today, in order to grow healthier soil, food, farms and communities for tomorrow.


Service areas: National

Go to Website | Phone: (256) 996-8742

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O’ahu Resource Conservation & Development Council

The O’ahu Resource Conservation & Development Council is an independent non-profit entity that works to improve the quality of life in the communities we serve. While our mission and mandate are broad, recent work has focused on assisting rural enterprises and farmers, while fostering education and adoption of sound conservation practices on rural lands. Several current projects engage farmers in imperiled watersheds, supporting their efforts to reduce soil erosion, improve water quality, increase productivity of the land through the use of regenerative farming and ranching practices, and rehabilitate ecological services and habitat through the restoration of native species. We have provided training, fiscal sponsorship support, and a network to cultivate the growth of rural businesses, particularly focusing on those owned and operated by women.


Service areas: Hawaii

Go to Website | Phone: 1-808-622-9026

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California Ag Water Stewardship

The forces coming to bear on water supply for agriculture have never been so significant. Water availability will be one of the most prominent forces shaping the future of agriculture in California. California agriculture has a great opportunity at this time to innovate new solutions, demonstrate leadership in achieving multiple benefits, and forge new partnerships to address these challenges. Technical assistance and on farm practices are featured.


Service areas: California

Go to Website | Phone: 530-756-1298

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Black Oregon Land Trust

We support beginning BIPOC farmers in building foundational skills and accessing supportive trainings, as well as bridging existing Black farmers with resources for funding to support their land stewardship. We are in the beginning stages of developing a network of Black farmers across Oregon to bridge farmers with financial education skills, potential investors and resources, and community mentorship and infrastructure support.


Service areas: Oregon

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California Department of Food and Agriculture

California state’s Department of Agriculture; information about pest, disease control; animal health and food safety, funding/grants, plant health, marketing, and environmental issues.


Service areas: California

Go to Website | Phone: 916-654-0466

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Reno Food Systems

Reno Food Systems has partnered with Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space to operate a 5 acre vegetable farm at the northeast corner of the park along Mayberry Drive, just east of the historic ranch house property. This teaching campus will offer our farm interns hands-on experience growing high-density, organic crops in Northern Nevada’s arid climate. We call this project a “park farm” because we envision many more urban micro-farms popping up in under-utilized public spaces in Reno and Sparks.


Service areas: Nevada

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Hawaiʻi Agricultural Foundation

The Hawaiʻi Agricultural Foundation in 2010), the mission of HAF is to support and sustain Hawaiʻi’s agricultural industry by addressing the critical needs and services of farmers and the industry in Hawaiʻi, and by better connecting them with the community and vice-versa. This involves educational and outreach programs in the community, as well as direct marketing, technical, educational and in-the-field support for farmers.


Service areas: Hawaii

Go to Website | Phone: (808) 927-9749

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California State Grange

Since 1873 the mission of the California State Grange has been to serve, steward and teach the virtues of the land to our children and community. We maintain our commitment to grassroots advocacy, supporting farmland preservation, farm development, co


Service areas: California

Go to Website | Phone: (916) 454-5805

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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.