Episode 236. Programs Focus on Farmer Well-Being

In this episode of Voices from the Field, Margo Hale, NCAT’s Southeast Regional Director and Director of NCAT’s Armed to Farm Program, visits with NCAT Sustainable Agriculture Specialist and farmer veteran Mike Lewis. Mike and his family operate a diversified farm in Southeast Kentucky.

Mike talks about the farm’s enterprises and how USDA programs have helped him meet his farm goals.

Mike also discusses two programs — AgrAbility and the Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network (FRSAN) — that address the physical and mental needs of many farmers.

ATTRA Resources:

NCAT Armed to Farm website

NCAT Armed to Farm Facebook

Veteran Resources

Equipment Resources

Financing Your Farm: Guidance for Beginning Farmers

Federal Conservation Resources for Sustainable Farming and Ranching

Veterans Discuss USDA Programs

From the Air Force to Alpacas

High Tunnels and the NRCS

Meet NCAT: Veteran Farmer Mike Lewis Brings Diverse Experience to Our Team

Other Resources:


Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network

Farmers Resource Network

Farmer Veteran Coalition

USDA Veteran Initiatives

USDA Service Center Locator

USDA Farm Service Agency

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

Step-by-Step: How to Get Assistance from NRCS

USDA Rural Development

Contact Margo Hale and Mike Lewis via email at margoh@ncat.org and mikel@ncat.org.

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