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Dept. of Agriculture accepting applications for Farmer, Ranchers Stress Assistance Grants

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CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA) is now accepting Request for Applications (RFA) for the 2021 West Virginia Farmers and Ranchers Stress Assistance Network (FRSAN) grant.

The function of the FRSAN program is to ascertain a community that connects people who’re engaged in farming, ranching and different agriculturally associated occupations to emphasize help packages. The institution of the community assists farmers and ranchers in occasions of stress and presents a conduit to bettering behavioral well being consciousness, literacy and outcomes for agricultural producers, staff and their households.

“These are federal COVID relief dollars appropriated to states to help mitigate the impact of the pandemic. We hope to target those who were negatively impacted or can help West Virginia build back stronger,” stated Commissioner of Agriculture Kent Leonhardt. “Improving our resiliency in times of emergency can only help protect our citizens in the future.”

Eligible candidates are those who use funds to provoke, broaden, or maintain packages that present skilled agricultural behavioral well being counseling and referral for different kinds of help as mandatory by any of the next, farm phone helplines and web sites, coaching, together with coaching packages and help teams, and outreach providers and actions, together with the dissemination of data and supplies.

The whole quantity of funds accessible for award beneath this RFA is roughly $401,834.

The grant interval will start February 1, 2022 and finish no later than January 31, 2023. For an software and all attachments, please e mail Leslie Boggess at lboggess@wvda.us.