Reducing farm stress

TEST Farm First helps take some of the stress out of farming. Our staff are here to help you both navigate the resources you need to solve farm issues and to provide you with confidential personal support so that you don't have to sort out these issues alone. We're Vermonters helping Vermonters. We're in this together. 

Explore the information on our website. Click "Contact a resource counselor" at the top right for assistance.

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We're a State sponsored non-profit program. Our services are free to all Vermont farmers and their family members. We're here to help. We welcome your call or email. Click on the "Get Our Help" page to contact us. 

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Farmer Veteran Survey - drawing for gift cards

FRSAN-NE is working to identify and better understand the unique stressors facing today’s farmer veterans located in the northeastern United States. As a farmer veteran, hearing more about the impact your military service has had on your journey in agriculture is extremely important. It is only through gaining insight from farmer veterans such as yourself that we can determine the resources most needed for assisting farmer veterans.

If you received this survey from more than one source, please only complete this survey one time. If you have not yet completed this survey, please go to the link below. This survey should take you about 20 minutes to complete and includes 35 questions. As a thank you for your time, upon completion of this survey you will have a chance to enter a drawing to win one of twenty (20) cash awards of $125.

Your participation is voluntary and all responses will be kept strictly confidential; no individual respondent can be matched with their responses. If you have any questions or would like more information about this survey, please contact the Bureau of Sociological Research (BOSR) at 402-472-3672 or by email at BOSR is conducting this survey on behalf of the Veteran’s Cohort that is a part of the Northeast Region of the Farmer and Rancher Stress Assistance Network.

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The Spiral of Transformative Change

Workshop series invites farmers to:

  • Develop a foundational understanding of racial equity work
  • Strengthen their community engagement approaches 
  • Deepen their leadership practices to advance racial equity efforts 

Four-part series starts February 3rd, is supported by NOFA-VT and MOFGA and is open to farmers in Vermont and Maine.

Vermont Develops Plan to Support the Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets (VAAFM), the Vermont Agency of Human Services (AHS) and the Farm First Program are proud to announce the award of an USDA Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network – State Departments of Agriculture grant.

WCAX Story Focuses on Resilience and Farm First's Role

WCAX provided an opportunity for Vermonters to learn more about new grant funding to address mental health challenges related to farming.