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Important Resources

The Koutz Farm Family wants this site to be a valuable resource to all our visitors. This is why we created the Important Resources page. Our family likes to stay “in the know” about what is going on in the world; we like to stay on top of the news related to farming and ranching and we like to have quick access to important reference information because we don’t have time to hunt it down all the time – and I’m sure you don’t either. So, we decided to make a list of important references for our visitors; especially for the Farmers, Ranchers, and Homesteaders. We want you to be able to quickly access government websites related to the United States Of America's farming and ranching industry, as well as links to helpful tools and information like our favorite News channel and so much more. This list is always growing because our family uses this quick reference page, too, and when we run into something helpful we add it here, so you can reference it as well.

See something we should add? Just fill out the "Holler At Us" form and tell us what you think should be added - we'll review and if it fits our goals and content requirements then we'll be happy to add it in.

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AgrAbility

The vision of AgrAbility is to enhance quality of life for farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural workers with disabilities, so that they, their families, and their communities continue to succeed in rural America.

>>> Cluck Here To Go To AgrAbility <<<

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AgrAbility

The vision of AgrAbility is to enhance quality of life for farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural workers with disabilities, so that they, their families, and their communities continue to succeed in rural America.

>>> Cluck Here To Go To AgrAbility <<<

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AgriSafe

The AgriSafe Network, a non-profit organization, represents health professionals and educators who strive to reduce health disparities found among the agricultural community. We believe agricultural injuries, diseases, and fatalities can be prevented through the effective delivery of agricultural occupational health services.

>>> Cluck Here To Go To AgriSafe <<<

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Farmer Veteran Coalition

We cultivate a new generation of farmers and food leaders, and develop viable employment and meaningful careers through the collaboration of the farming and military communities. We believe that veterans possess the unique skills and character needed to strengthen rural communities and create sustainable food systems. We believe that agriculture offers purpose, opportunity, and physical and psychological benefits.

>>> Cluck Here To Go To Farmer Veteran Coalition <<<

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Farm Credit

Farm Credit supports rural communities and agriculture with reliable, consistent credit and financial services, today and tomorrow. That's our mission. And we serve every part of agriculture from the smallest operations to the largest – and everything in between. Learn more about who we are and the important mission we fulfill every day.

>>> Cluck Here To Go To Farm Credit <<<

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Farmers (farmers.gov)

The go-to place for farmers to get access to guidance and information surrounding running the business that is your farm. Provides program deadlines, information about loans for farmers and much more.

>>> Cluck Here To Go To Farmers.gov <<<

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NASDA (National Association of State Departments of Agriculture)

NASDA gives a voice to agriculture through policy, partnerships and public engagement. Because agriculture leads the way for a healthy and resilient world, NASDA members are committed to representing the interests of everyone in the food supply chain who work every day to provide life’s necessities at affordable prices and in a healthy, sustainable manner.

>>> Cluck Here To Go To NASDA <<<

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USDA (United States Department Of Agriculture)

USDA is the United States Department Of Agriculture. It provides oversight, implements policy, creates and enforces laws & regulations, performs research and much more for all things agriculture related in the United States Of America.

>>> Cluck Here To Go To USDA <<<

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USDA National Agriculture Statistics Service

Performs statistical research, including the agricultural census, and provides statistical updates on this website.

>>> Cluck Here To Go To USDA Statistics Service <<<

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USDA Farm Service Agency

The Farm Service Agency implements agricultural policy, administers credit and loan programs, and manages conservation, commodity, disaster and farm marketing programs through a national network of offices.

>>> Cluck Here To Go To USDA Farm Service Agency <<<

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AMS (Agricultural Marketing Service)

The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) provides the agriculture industry with valuable services to ensure the quality and availability of wholesome food for consumers across the country and around the world and administers programs that create marketing opportunities for U.S. Producers.

>>> Cluck Here To Go To AMS <<<

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Bot Eat Brain

AI is eating the world and your brain is on the menu. Join 10,000+ readers staying one step ahead of the bots with our daily AI newsletter.

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K-LOVE Radio

K-LOVE is more than a radio station. You hear it in the music, you feel it in the prayers of their staff and pastors and you experience it in the stories you read and hear every day. K-LOVE has podcasts, music, contests, prayer hotlines and more!

>>> Cluck Here To Go To KLove <<<

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News Max

We all hate politics & the mainstream media - especially the division and hate they promote; that's why our #1 news source is News Max. I wish we didn't have to care about politics (because it sucks), but since the political stage often affects us, we trust the news we get on News Max to avoid the propaganda of the MSM - to learn the real facts - that's why we like News Max.

>>> Cluck Here To Go To Newsmax <<<

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Alabama

Alabama Department Of Agriculture

The mission of the Alabama Department of Agriculture & Industries is to provide timely, fair, and expert regulatory control over product, business entities, movement, and application of goods and services for which applicable state and federal law exists and strive to protect and provide service to Alabama consumers.

>>> Cluck Here To Go To Alabama Dept. Of Agriculture <<<

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Alabama Public Health

The Alabama Department of Health works to promote, protect and improve the health of those that live in the state of Alabama.

>>> Cluck Here To Go To AL Public Health <<<

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Alaska

Alaska Department Of Agriculture

The Division of Agriculture offers land for agricultural development and works with local producers to promote and support Alaska’s agricultural industry through financing for farmers and processors, plant material development, conservation education, marketing assistance, inspection, and farm product certification.

>>> Cluck Here To Go To Alaska Dept. Of Agriculture <<<

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Alaska Department Of Health & Social Services

The Alaska Department of Health & Social Services works to promote, protect and improve the health of those that live in the state of Alaska.

>>> Cluck Here To Go To AK Dept. Of Health <<<

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Arizona

Arizona Department Of Agriculture

To protect the health and safety of Arizona consumers, advance and support Arizona agriculture, and safeguard commerce.

>>> Cluck Here To Go To Arizona Dept. Of Agriculture <<<

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Arizona Department Of Health Services

The Arizona Department of Health Services works to promote, protect and improve the health of those that live in the state of Arizona.

>>> Cluck Here To Go To AZ Dept. Of Health <<<

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Arkansas

Arkansas Department Of Agriculture

Supporting Arkansas farmers and ranchers while ensuring safe food, fiber, and forest products for the citizens of Arkansas, the nation, and across the globe.

>>> Cluck Here To Go To Arkansas Dept. Of Agriculture <<<

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Arkansas Department Of Health

The Arkansas Department of Health works to promote, protect and improve the health of those that live in the state of Arkansas.

>>> Cluck Here To Go To AR Dept. Of Health <<<

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California

CDFA (California Department Of Agriculture)

In 1919, the California Legislature created a single department responsible for protecting and promoting agriculture. These divisions provide valuable services to producers, merchants, and the public. Many of the functions are conducted in partnership with local county offices of the agricultural commissioners and sealers.

>>> Cluck Here To Go To CDFA <<<

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Colorado

Colorado Department Of Agriculture

Strives to better the lives of those who are involved in agriculture. You needn’t be a farmer or rancher to benefit from the resources this Department provides. In fact, if you’ve ever bought groceries, adopted a dog, or fertilized your lawn, the Colorado Department of Agriculture has served you.

>>> Cluck Here To Go To CO Dept. Of Ag. <<<

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Connecticut

Connecticut Department Of Agriculture

The mission is to foster a healthy economic, environmental, and social climate for agriculture by developing, promoting, and regulating agricultural businesses; protecting agricultural and aquacultural resources; enforcing laws pertaining to domestic animals; and more.

>>> Cluck Here To Go To Connecticut Dept. Of Ag. <<<

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AgriStress Helpline (Connecticut)

Call or text (833) 897-2474 for the AgriStress Helpline if you, or someone you know, is struggling with mental health. This resource is free, confidential and agriculture-focused.

>>> Cluck Here To Go To AgriStress <<<

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Connecticut's List Of Farmer Stress Resources

For Connecticut farmers and their families: Dealing with Stress in Agriculture? Are you at risk? In Crisis? Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or 211 in CT, or Text “CT” to 741741. I n an Emergency call or text 911.

>>> Cluck Here To Go To Stress Resources <<<

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Delaware

Delaware Department Of Agriculture

The Delaware Department of Agriculture’s mission is to sustain and promote the viability of food, fiber, and agricultural industries in Delaware through quality services that protect and enhance the environment, health, and welfare of the general public.

>>> Cluck Here To Go To DE Dept. Of Ag. <<<

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Florida

Florida Department Of Agriculture

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services supports and promotes Florida agriculture, protects the environment, safeguards consumers, and ensures the safety and wholesomeness of food. Our programs and activities are so varied and extensive, they touch the life of just about every Floridian.

>>> Cluck Here To Go To Florida Dept. Of Ag. <<<

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Georgia

Georgia Department Of Agriculture

The Georgia Department of Agriculture was established in 1874. We are the oldest state department of agriculture in the United States. The Georgia Department of Agriculture helps farmers, consumers, and businesses. We regulate animals, food, fuel, plants, soil, and pesticides produced or sold within the State of Georgia.

>>> Cluck Here To Go To Georgia Dept. Of Ag. <<<

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Hawaii

Hawaii Department Of Agriculture

The Hawaii Department of Agriculture’s (HDOA) 268 employees statewide work to support, enhance, promote, and protect Hawaii’s agriculture and aquaculture industries. We work to create and maximize opportunities for exporting; and facilitate growth

>>> Cluck Here To Go To Hawaii Dept. Of Ag.<<<

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Idaho

Idaho Department Of Agriculture

As Idaho's strongest industry, agriculture is a way of life for communities across our state. The Idaho State Department of Agriculture was established in 1919 to serve and regulate this cornerstone industry.

>>> Cluck Here To Go To Idaho Dept. Of Ag. <<<

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Illinois

Illinois Department Of Agriculture

The Illinois Department of Agriculture will be an advocate for Illinois’ agricultural industry and provide the necessary regulatory functions to benefit consumers, agricultural industry, and our natural resources.

>>> Cluck Here To Go To Illinois Dept. Of Ag. <<<

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Indiana

Indiana Department Of Agriculture

Major responsibilities include advocacy for Indiana agriculture at the local, state and federal level, managing soil conservation programs, promoting economic development and agricultural innovation, serving as a regulatory ombudsman for agricultural businesses, and licensing grain firms throughout the state.

>>> Cluck Here To Go To Indiana Dept. Of Ag. <<<

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Iowa

Iowa Department Of Agriculture

Managing Iowa’s land stewardship and agriculture programs for the good of both city and rural Iowa residents.

>>> Cluck Here To Go To Iowa Dept. Of Ag. <<<

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Kansas

Kansas Department Of Agriculture

The Kansas Department of Agriculture (KDA) is the nation's first state department of agriculture. The agency is devoted to the total support of agriculture in Kansas. The department works for the entire Kansas agriculture sector, including farmers, ranchers, food establishments and agribusinesses.

>>> Cluck Here To Go To Kansas Dept. Of Ag. <<<

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Kentucky

Kentucky Department Of Agriculture

The Department of Agriculture was created to promote the interests of agriculture and horticulture in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

>>> Cluck Here To Go To KY Dept. Of Ag. <<<

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Louisiana

Louisiana Dept. Of Agriculture

The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry is responsible for administering many of the programs and enforcing the regulations that impact every aspect of the state’s agriculture and forestry

>>> Cluck Here To Go To LA Dept. Of Ag. <<<

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Maine

Maine Department Of Agriculture

Our agency has a wide range of duties from protecting the food we eat, stopping forest fires, mapping the ocean floor; keeping our parks and public lands pristine and accessible, planning wise land utilization, and helping beginning farmers.

>>> Cluck Here To Go To ME Dept. Of Ag. <<<

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Maryland

Maryland Department Of Agriculture

Many activities of the MDA are regulatory in nature, others are assigned to a category of public service and some are educational or promotional in scope. All are intended to provide the maximum protection possible for the consumer as well as promote the economic well-being of farmers, food and fiber processors and businesses engaged in agricultural related operations.

>>> Cluck Here To Go To MD Dept. Of Ag. <<<

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Massachusetts

Massachusetts Department Of Agriculture

The Department’s mission is to help keep the Massachusetts food supply safe and secure, and to work to keep Massachusetts agriculture economically and environmentally sound.

>>> Cluck Here To Go To MA Dept. Of Agriculture <<<

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NESFI (New England Small Farm Institute)

Our mission is to promote small farm development by providing information and training for aspiring, beginning and transitioning farmers.

>>> Cluck Here To Go To NESFI <<<

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Michigan

Michigan Department Of Agriculture

Cultivates & expands new economic opportunities for the food and agricultural sector; safeguards the public’s food supply; inspects and enforces sound animal health practices; controls and eradicates plant pests and diseases threatening the food and agriculture system; preserves the environment by which the farming community makes their living and feeds consumers; and protects consumers by enforcing laws relating to weights and measures.

>>> Cluck Here To Go To MI Dept. Of Ag. <<<

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Minnesota

Minnesota Department Of Agriculture

Our mission is to enhance Minnesotans’ quality of life by ensuring the integrity of our food supply, the health of our environment, and the strength of our agricultural economy.

>>> Cluck Here To Go To MN Dept. Of Ag. <<<

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Mississippi

Mississippi Department Of Agriculture

Mississippi Department Of Agriculture's mission is to support and apply necessary regulations to agricultural-related businesses within the state and to promote Mississippi’s products throughout both the state and the rest of the world for the benefit of all Mississippi citizens.

>>> Cluck Here To Go To MS Dept. Of Ag. <<<

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Missouri

Missouri Department Of Agriculture

Sets agriculture policy and helps farmers throughout the state. While the department maintains its regulatory functions, its expanded duties include consumer protection, public health roles, environmental advocacy, agricultural marketing, strategic communications, and outreach, and promoting new technology and new uses for Missouri’s agricultural goods.

>>> Cluck Here To Go To Missouri Dept. Of Agriculture <<<

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AgriStress Helpline (Missouri)

Call or text (833) 897-2474 for the AgriStress Helpline if you, or someone you know, is struggling with mental health. This resource is free, confidential and agriculture-focused.

>>> Cluck Here To Go To AgriStress <<<

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Montana

Montana Department Of Agriculture

With over 30 programs ranging from market and business development to licensing and regulating services that protect agricultural producers, consumers and the environment, our website features an abundance of information.

>>> Cluck Here To Go To MT Dept. Of Ag. <<<

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Nebraska

Nebraska Department Of Agriculture

This includes: financial support; legal advice and assistance; answers to public inquiries; management of all communications; emergency coordination, data processing and data management support; investigations; laboratory analytical services; and services for several ag commodity boards and commissions.

>>> Cluck Here To Go To NE Dept. Of Ag. <<<

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Nevada

Nevada Department Of Agriculture

The Nevada Department of Agriculture was established in 1915 by Chapter 561, Nevada Revised Statutes. The mission of the Nevada Department of Agriculture is to preserve, protect and promote Nevada Agriculture

>>> Cluck Here To Go To Nevada Dept. Of Ag. <<<

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New Hampshire

New Hampshire Department Of Agriculture

The mission of the New Hampshire Department of Agriculture, Markets & Food is to support and promote agriculture and serve consumers and business for the benefit of the public health, environment and economy.

>>> Cluck Here To Go To NH Dept. Of Ag. <<<

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New Jersey

New Jersey Department Of Agriculture

One of the Department’s major priorities is to promote, protect and serve the Garden State’s diverse agriculture and agribusiness industries. In addition to the programs we offer to support production agriculture, NJDA also manages programs.

>>> Cluck Here To Go To NJDA <<<

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New Mexico

New Mexico Department Of Agriculture

New Mexico Department Of Agriculture benefits the public by promoting the viability and advancement of New Mexico agriculture and affiliated industries. NMDA promotes a fair marketplace, food protection, marketing, and economic development; supports the beneficial use and conservation of natural resources; and works cooperatively with the public and private sectors.

>>> Cluck Here To Go To NMDA <<<

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New York

New York Department Of Agriculture

Our mission is to foster a competitive food and agriculture industry that benefits producers and consumers alike. We work diligently to promote a viable agricultural industry, foster agricultural environmental stewardship, and safeguard our food supply.

>>> Cluck Here To Go To NY Dept. Of Ag. <<<

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North Carolina

North Carolina Department Of Agriculture

The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has a wide variety of programs and services to help agribusiness, protect the environment, and to help farmers and landowners be more efficient, profitable, and sustainable.Cluck Here

>>> Cluck Here To Go To NC Dept. Of Agriculture <<<

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Got To Be NC

By connecting our farmers and agribusinesses to consumers, we strengthen relationships and help local businesses grow.

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North Dakota

North Dakota Department Of Agriculture

We serve, advocate, protect and promote agriculture to benefit everyone.

>>> Cluck Here To Go To NJDA <<<

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Ohio

Ohio Department Of Agriculture

To protect Ohio citizens by ensuring the safety of the state’s food supply and the health of Ohio’s food animals and plant life, and to create economic opportunities for Ohio’s farmers, food processors and agribusinesses.

>>> Cluck Here To Go To Ohio Dept. Of Ag. <<<

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Oklahoma

Oklahoma Department Of Agriculture

The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry exists to protect, promote, and regulate the agricultural resources of the state of Oklahoma.

>>> Cluck Here To Go To OK Dept. Of Ag. <<<

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Oregon

Oregon Department Of Agriculture

Our vision: The Oregon Department of Agriculture remains able to serve the changing needs of Oregon’s diverse agricultural and food sectors to maintain and enhance a healthy natural resource base and strong economy in rural and urban communities across the state.​​

>>> Cluck Here To Go To Oregon Dept. Of Ag. <<<

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Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Department Of Agriculture

Committed to a sustainable and safe supply of food and agricultural products in the commonwealth – from the farm to the table – and to being good stewards of the land and Pennsylvania’s natural resources. The department promotes the viability of farms, protects consumers, and safeguards the health of people, plants, animals and the environment.

>>> Cluck Here To Go To PA Dept. Of Agriculture <<<

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AgriStress Helpline (Pennsylvania)

Call or text (833) 897-2474 for the AgriStress Helpline if you, or someone you know, is struggling with mental health. This resource is free, confidential and agriculture-focused.

>>> Cluck Here To Go To AgriStress <<<

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Rhode Island

Rhode Island Department Of Agriculture

The agriculture section of RIDEM's Division of Agriculture and Forest Environment works to sustain, promote, and enhance Rhode Island's agricultural viability today and for generations to come.

>>> Cluck Here To Go To RIDEM <<<

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FRSAN RI Network (Farm Ranch Stress Assistance)

Need Help Now? 401.414.LINK(5465) BH Link 800-273-8255 National Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-327-6243 We are bringing together stakeholders across the state to address the root causes of stress, and provide foundational support to our farm, fishery and forestry communities.

>>> Cluck Here To Go To FRSAN RI Network <<<

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South Carolina

South Carolina Department Of Agriculture

The mission of the South Carolina Department of Agriculture is to promote and nurture the growth and development of South Carolina’s agriculture industry and its related businesses while assuring the safety and security of the buying public.

>>> Cluck Here To Go To SC Dept. Of Ag. <<<

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South Dakota

South Dakota Department Of Agriculture

Our mission is to protect and preserve South Dakota’s agriculture, environment, and natural resources through effective regulatory services, natural resource conservation, and financial and technical assistance. DANR has five divisions: Agriculture and Environmental Services, Resource Conservation and Forestry, the Office of Water, Financial and Technical Assistance, and the State Fair.

>>> Cluck Here To Go To SD Dept. Of Ag. <<<

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Tennessee

Tennessee Department Of Agriculture

The Vision is to ensure agriculture and forestry are the leading industries in Tennessee and the Mission is to serve, support, and promote agriculture and forestry.

>>> Cluck Here To Go To TN Dept. Of Ag. <<<

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Texas

The Texas Department Of Agriculture

The Texas Department of Agriculture’s mission is to partner with all Texans to make Texas the nation's leader in agriculture, fortify our economy, empower rural communities, promote healthy lifestyles, and cultivate winning strategies for rural, suburban, and urban Texas through exceptional service and the common threads of agriculture in our daily lives.

>>> Cluck Here To Go To Texas Dept. Of Agriculture <<<

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AgriStress Helpline (Texas)

Call or text (833) 897-2474 for the AgriStress Helpline if you, or someone you know, is struggling with mental health. This resource is free, confidential and agriculture-focused.

>>> Cluck Here To Go To AgriStress <<<

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Utah