Professional Organizations

Aquaculture

The National Aquaculture Association
Information about Aquaculture across the United States.

The National Association of Aquaculture Coordinators
Coordinators are responsible for coordinating aquaculture programs at the State level.

The Northeast Regional Aquaculture Center
Technical information relating to the Northeast Aquaculture industry.

The United States Trout Farmers Association
A group of trout farmers interested in creating a strong, unified voice for the national trout industry.

Volunteer Needs, The Farm, Washington County
Currently, we have needs in the areas of managing our raised bed gardens and fruit tree orchard, including help with mowing the orchard. We are currently looking for plumbers who could assist with plumbing our aquaponics systems which will be installed in shipping containers on our property. Along with that, as our aquaponics and hydroponic systems get up and running this fall, we will have additional volunteer opportunities related to that. This could provide a valuable opportunity for individuals looking to get into aquaponics or hydroponic production themselves. The Farm @ the Greater Washington County Food Bank 909 National Pike West, Brownsville, PA 15417 - located about 1 hour Southeast of Pittsburgh thefarm@gwcfb.org 724-632-2190 ext.108

Crops

Pennsylvania Soybean Board
Soybean research, marketing and education activity information.

General Agriculture

ATTRA – National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service
Sustainable agriculture resources.

New England Small Farm Institute (NESFI)
Provides support for new-entry, small-scale organic farmers in the form of publications and apprentice-and-land-seeking matching services.

PASA Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture
Promoting profitable farms which produce healthy food for all people while respecting the natural environment.

Penn Ag Industries Association
Penn Ag is working to create and maintain an effective, viable and competitive environment for Pennsylvania agribusinesses to grow and prosper.

Pennsylvania Farmland Preservation Association
A non-profit, nonpartisan statewide incorporated association of conservation easement professionals, dedicated to promoting and enhancing the interests of agricultural land preservation in Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Farm Bureau
Working together for the future of agriculture.

Pennsylvania State Grange
A family fraternal organization dedicated to the betterment of rural America through community service, education, legislation, and fellowship.

Pennsylvania Women’s Agricultural Network
The primary purposes is to encourage and support women in agriculture provide and strengthen networks and educational and mentoring opportunities.

The National Agricultural Library
Advancing access to global information for agriculture.

USDA Rural Development in Pennsylvania
Information and resources for rural Pennsylvania.

Stress Management Resources
Sharing from the Center for Dairy Excellence website: Stress Management Resources Every day farm families wage their own personal battles – whether it is working through a very challenging financial environment, dealing with increasing regulations in almost every area of their business, struggling with market loss or just finding a way to navigate through the dynamics of running a family business into today’s world. It’s challenging at best, a battle at its worst. Too often, though, we choose to fight those battles alone. However, internalizing that stress can lead to both physical and mental health issues. It can also lead to accidents on the farms, conflicts among family members, and a host of other problems. Remember what matters most is your health and own personal well-being. Stress can take a serious toll on your body and mind. If you do feel overwhelmed, find people you can lean on for guidance and support, whether it’s a loved one, friend, or your pastor. Don’t ever try to carry the burden on your own. Having people around you can help you keep moving forward, and that is half the battle. Here are some resources that may useful. If Immediate Concern: If you have an immediate concern related to your own health or the well-being of a loved one, we strongly recommend you contact your local county crisis prevention center. Click here to access the hotlines for each of those county centers. http://www.cor.pa.gov/Documents/PA%20County%20Crisis%20Contacts.pdf Someone to Listen: Agriwellness, Inc. offers a list of hotlines that are available and have counselors on hand who understand agriculture issues and the stress of farming. Click here to access that information. http://www.agriwellness.org/hotlines.htm Iowa Concern Hotline (1-800-447-1985) offers assistance to address stress and mental health concerns. They are focused on farming and the rural area, but will assist anyone who calls. Their services are available nationwide. Resources to Help: Colorado State University offers a handout that identifies the symptoms of stress as well as some coping techniques to help manage stress during difficult times. Click on this link to access that handout. http://centerfordairyexcellence.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/managing-stress-during-tough-times.pdf The South Dakota State University, South Dakota counties, and USDA offer resources to help recognize signs of stress http://igrow.org/up/resources/04-1003-2017.pdf and alleviate farm stress http://igrow.org/up/resources/04-1004-2017.pdf Michigan State University offers an online course to help farmers better manage farm stress. That course is available at this link. http://msue.anr.msu.edu/news/new_online_course_for_managing_farm_stress_from_msu_extension The National Agrability Association has resources to help farmers and rural Americans manage mental health and stress-related issues. Click here to access their resources. http://www.agrability.org/resources/mental-behavioral-health/

How farmers Can Cope with Stress
Farmers and farm families are faced with a variety of stressors on a daily basis. Learning to manage feelings and behaviors during hectic times takes time, practice, and help from a professional. Farms of all sizes are feeling the impact of deteriorating economic conditions in New York’s agricultural sector.

Farm Stress and Decision Making
What causes stress for farmers and farm families? Do any of these scenarios sound familiar? *** I haven't started the paperwork for that major loan due next week! *** I just learned two producers in my county lost their milk contracts! *** Should I go back to school with so much economic uncertainty? ***How will I ever find time to learn more about precision farming? *** We were supposed to start in the field at 8 a.m. and my two most important operators are not here yet! *** My spouse and I aren’t able to talk about things the way we used to… *** I haven’t had a moment to myself since we added all that custom work to make our business plan feasible. *** Who knows whether the big tractor will make it through another full chopping season?

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255
Crisis intervention by county in PA.

Volunteer Needs, The Farm, Washington County
Currently, we have needs in the areas of managing our raised bed gardens and fruit tree orchard, including help with mowing the orchard. We are currently looking for plumbers who could assist with plumbing our aquaponics systems which will be installed in shipping containers on our property. Along with that, as our aquaponics and hydroponic systems get up and running this fall, we will have additional volunteer opportunities related to that. This could provide a valuable opportunity for individuals looking to get into aquaponics or hydroponic production themselves. The Farm @ the Greater Washington County Food Bank 909 National Pike West, Brownsville, PA 15417 - located about 1 hour Southeast of Pittsburgh thefarm@gwcfb.org 724-632-2190 ext.108

Livestock / Dairy

National Cattlemen’s Association
The information center for beef and cattle news, up to date beef and cattle research and food safety.

Pennsylvania Beef Council
The BQA program provides cattle producers with the tools and training necessary to assure animal health and well-being as well as provide a safe, quality product.

Pennsylvania Pork Producers Council
Supporting and promoting Pennsylvania Pork Industry.

The American Pastured Poultry Producers’ Association (APPPA)
Nonprofit educational and networking organization dedicated to encouraging the production, processing, and marketing of poultry raised on pasture.

U.S. Poultry & Egg Association
Serving the industry through research, education, communication and technical assistance.


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