Need help coping? Help line available


A free service is now available for Pennsylvania farmers and their families who need mental health support.

the AgriStress HelpLine for Pennsylvania is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Farmers can call 833-897-AGRI (2474) to speak with a healthcare professional.

The AgriStress Helpline for Pennsylvania is supported by a grant from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Networkwhich was awarded to the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture to carry out farmer stress and suicide programs.

In addition to the ministry’s partnership with AgriSafe, these dollars support mental health resources available through the Dairy Center of Excellencemarketing to increase mental health awareness and reduce stigma, and regional collaboration with the National Young Farmers Coalition.

According to the American Farm Bureau Federation, financial challenges, farming or business problems, and fear of losing the farm are major contributors to farmers’ mental health issues. Cost, embarrassment and stigma often prevent farmers from seeking help or treatment for a mental health issue.

For more information about the AgriStress Helpline for Pennsylvania, visit

Legalities of income generating activities

A multi-part educational series to help Pennsylvania specialty crop growers successfully increase wholesale revenue with other income begins online March 9.

Penn State Law’s Center for Agricultural and Shale Law is hosting a series of educational workshops and webinars over the coming year on the prevention and planning needed to best avoid contract, tort, and regulatory liabilities in driving. income-increasing activities.

A single registration page has been created for the entire series. Register at any time of the year and you will receive notifications and an access link to attend each webinar in the series from that date.

All webinars will be recorded and posted on the centre’s YouTube channel with links from the Watch and Listen tab of the website. Registrants who attend will be added to the list to receive a free electronic compilation of all teaching materials at the end of the entire series.

For the list of webinars and topics, visit

Northeast SARE invites grant proposals

The North East Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Program has released its Call for Proposals for the 2022 Partnership Grants Program.

Applicants can request up to $30,000 in funding to address a topic related to sustainable agriculture. Projects should seek innovative solutions to challenges or explore new opportunities that affect agricultural production, marketing, or the well-being of households and communities in the North East agriculture and food systems.

They must be conducted in one of the states of New England, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C. or West Virginia, and build partnerships of working with farmers to advance sustainable agriculture.

Proposals must be submitted online no later than 5 p.m. on April 12. Details, including submission instructions, are available at Projects typically last one to two years with funding ranging from $10,000 to $30,000. No matching funds are required.

Grants can be used to conduct research, provide education and training programs, develop unique machinery and tools, hold on-farm or market demonstrations, or explore new farm management practices. Funding cannot be used to support educational programs for non-farm audiences, food donation efforts, community and school gardening initiatives, or public awareness campaigns on agriculture and nutrition.

A webinar examining eligibility and the types of projects and expenses that can be funded can be viewed at

Northeast SARE is housed within the University of Vermont Extension, a unit of UVM’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. To learn more, visit

Virtual Hemp Conference scheduled for March 15-16

On March 15 and 16, hemp growers can hear from leading experts on hemp market trends, varietal improvements, hemp grain and fiber production, pest and disease control, federal grant opportunities and more at the Fourth Annual Industrial Hemp Conference.

The University of Vermont Northwest Crop and Soil Extension Program and the Vermont Agency for Agriculture, Food and Markets are co-sponsoring the virtual event. Registration is $50, payable by noon on March 11. Continuing education credits for Certified Crop Advisors and Pesticide Applicators will be available.

For full conference details, including the agenda, speaker biographies, and a link to registration, visit To request a disability-related accommodation to participate, contact UVM Student Accessibility Services at [email protected] or 802-656-7753.


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