AgriWellness, Inc., a nonprofit corporation, was founded in 2001. The AgriWellness mission: promote accessible behavioral health services for underserved and at-risk populations affected by rural crisis in agricultural communities.
Agricultural work is very stressful, unpredictable and dangerous for the entire family. Agricultural workers, including farmers, ranchers, migrant/seasonal workers, fishers, foresters, their families and communities dependent upon agriculture, often find it difficult to obtain behavioral health care they need to deal with these perils. Behavioral health services such as addictions treatment, mental health therapy and marital and family counseling are often scarce in rural areas.
AgriWellness, Inc., works to address the behavioral health care needs of agricultural populations and communities and to provide education about these needs.
The State of Minnesota is committed to eradicating bovine tuberculosis (TB) from our state, both in livestock and wildlife. The Minnesota Board of Animal Health, Department of Agriculture, and Department of Natural Resources are working with state and federal partners, producers, veterinarians, and industry groups to return Minnesota to TB-Free Status.
Minnesota's Split State Status has been approved, effective October 10, 2008. With this approval, a large part of the state will upgrade its classification to Modified Accredited Advanced (MAA) and a smaller section in northwestern Minnesota will remain Modified Accredited.
CWT (Cooperatives Working Together) is a program designed exclusively by dairy farmers for the benefit of dairy farmers. It is a multi-dimensional, voluntary, producer-funded national program developed by National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF), to strengthen and stabilize milk prices by balancing supply with demand.
The Dairy Reponse Center is a site initiated by the dairy checkoff and designed to help dairy producers communicate with others about animal health issues. While the site focuses primarily on communications tools, it also offers links to relevant animal health information.
Gary A. Hachfeld, Regional Extension Educator for Farm Management at the Mankato Regional Office, reports that 16 articles have been posted on the U of M Extension Website to assist farm families with establishing a basic understanding of many of the legal issues that face them today.
Minnesota Farmer Assistance Network
MFAN provides business and financial guidance at no cost to Minnesota farmers and farm families facing economic hardship. This network of volunteer financial analysts work in collaboration with farm business management instructors, extension educators and others with the expertise to help in several areas, including:
Financial Statement Preparation
MPCA regulates the collection, transportation, storage, processing and disposal of animal manure and livestock processing activities, and provides assistance to counties and the livestock industry. The rules apply to all aspects of livestock production areas including the location, design, construction, operation and management of feedlots, feed storage, stormwater runoff, and manure handling facilities.
The MPCA has many factsheets and technical guidance documents and can provide assistance by phone.
In early 2011 the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced that it was working on a local emphasis program (LEP) for inspecting Wisconsin dairy farms. The Dairy Farm LEP was signed at the end of October.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency (FSA) makes operating loans to individual rural youths age 10 through 20 to establish and operate income-producing projects. These projects must be of modest size and be initiated, developed, and carried out by rural youths participating in 4-H clubs, FFA, or similar organization or with a vocational teacher or county extension agent.
Many people are interested in finding out where their food comes from. Other people are interested in supporting their local economy. Find out about your milk, yogurt, chocolate milk, soy and organic milk, coffee creamer, cottage cheese, ice cream