Resources

Agriculture Mediation Resources

 The organizations below work closely with both North Carolina Agricultural Mediation Program and Farm Agricultural Resources and Mediation of Virginia

Agrisafe Helpline

The AgriStress Helpline is a free and confidential crisis and support line that you can call or text 24/7, and interpretation services are provided in 160 languages. The helpline is answered by trained professionals who can offer support and/or help you find mental health resources in your area. We know that agriculture is unique – that is why our crisis specialists have received training on the factors that impact people working in agriculture.

Virginia Farm Service Agency

The Virginia Farm Service Agency (FSA) is an agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) that serves all farmers, ranchers, and agricultural partners through the delivery of effective and efficient agricultural programs for all Americans. FSA serves all 100 counties utilizing 72 county offices.

Virginia Natural Resources Conservation

Virginia farmers, cattle producers, and forest landowners are the true experts on their operations. We don’t mandate conservation activities but instead work collaboratively to develop strategies for achieving their goals and vision. We value our role as trusted advisors and customize our approach for each operation We’re also strong advocates for locally-led conservation, closely collaborating with our sister agencies, state and local governments and advocacy groups to protect Virginia’s precious natural resources.

Blue Ridge Women In Agriculture

Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture helps build an equitable, sustainable High Country local food system by supporting producers and cultivating community connections that educate, inspire, and increase the demand for local food.

Farmer Incubator Program

Farmer Incubator Program is a critical part of the Farmland Access Service, providing land to initiate or expand agricultural businesses. Participants can spend up to five years in the program. There are two operations successfully producing on the farm, and applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Farmer Resource Network

The Farmer Resource Network is a free search tool that can be used to find organizations and resources that are useful for farmers, agricultural service providers, farmworkers, farm communities and farming families across the United States.

Organic Growers School

Organic Growers School is the premier provider of practical and affordable organic education in the Southern Appalachians, building a vibrant food & farming community by boosting the success of organic home growers and farmers in our region. Our hands-on training, workshops, conferences, and partnerships inspire, educate, and support people to farm, garden, and live organically.

RAFI USA

Working across agricultural sectors and collaboratively through coalitions, RAFI-USA combines on–the-ground practical services and policy advocacy to ensure farmers have access to the tools they need to make the right choices for their farms and families as well as for their communities and the environment.  

Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project

ASAP (Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project) is a nonprofit based in Asheville, North Carolina, serving the Southern Appalachian region. Our mission is to help local farms thrive, link farmers to markets and supporters, and build healthy communities through connections to local food.

Farm Bureau North Carolina

North Carolina Farm Bureau Federation was formed in 1936 as a non-profit general farm organization to serve farmers and provide a unified voice for the interests and needs of the farming community. Today, North Carolina Farm Bureau serves as an advocate for our members at the local, state, national, and international levels – providing educational, economic, public affairs, marketing, and various other services to our members. Over the years, North Carolina Farm Bureau Federation has grown into the largest general farm organization in the state with more than 500,000 member families, yet we remain true to our grassroots heritage and steadfast in our mission to advocate for farm and rural families.

Conservation Trust For North Carolina

Conservation Trust for North Carolina seeks to inspire and enable people to build resilient, just communities.

Carolina Farm Stewardship

The Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA) is a farmer-driven, membership-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that helps people in North and South Carolina grow and enjoy local, organic food. Founded in 1979, CFSA is the oldest and largest sustainable agriculture organization in the Southeast.

NC Farm Service Agency

The North Carolina Farm Service Agency (FSA) is an agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) that serves all farmers, ranchers, and agricultural partners through the delivery of effective and efficient agricultural programs for all Americans. FSA serves all 100 counties utilizing 72 county offices.

NC FarmLink

NC FarmLink is a program of NC State Extension that connects farmers, landowners, and service providers across North Carolina, helping to grow the state’s agriculture industry. NC FarmLink maintains databases of available farmland and farmers looking for land and works with landowners and farmers to ensure an appropriate and lasting match is made.

NC Extension Office

The N.C. Cooperative Extension has offices in all 100 North Carolina counties and with the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians (EBCI). Find your local extension center’s using the link.

We provide mediation free of charge to USDA customers in North Carolina and Virginia who have received an adverse decision as part of the informal appeals process

Our mediators are all familiar with farming and rural issues. They are experienced and well-educated and attend yearly training to maintain their skills.

NCAMP and FARM-VA are a program of Western Carolina University’s College of Business.

Recent Organization Highlights

NCAMP at the Annual Sustainable Agriculture Conference
NCAMP at the Annual Sustainable Agriculture Conference

NCAMP mediators, Judith Ogden and Debra Burke attended the Annual Sustainable Agriculture Conference in Durham, North Carolina to share the mediation process with the agricultural and mediation community. Cullowhee, NC – November 8, 2022 – Judith Ogden, Mediation...

AgriStress Helpline Now Available in Virginia
AgriStress Helpline Now Available in Virginia

The AgriStress Helpline is now available in Virginia. If you or someone you know are struggling, call or text 833-897-2474. Cullowhee, NC – September 15, 2022 – AgriSafe has released a helpline called “AgriStress” that is available in Virginia, Missouri, Pennsylvania,...

FARMVA Attends Virginia Mediation Network Conference
FARMVA Attends Virginia Mediation Network Conference

FARMVA mediator, Judith Ogden, is attending the Virginia Mediation Network 2022 Fall Conference to share the mediation process with the Virginia agricultural and mediation community. Cullowhee, NC – September 13, 2022 – Judith Ogden, Mediation Director for the Farm...

If you would like more information about mediation services in either North Carolina or Virginia, please contact our staff to learn more.

Contact Us

Dr. Judith Ogden at jogden@wcu.edu

Dr. Debra Burke at burke@wcu.edu