The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced grant investments of more than $53 million across three unique programs for U.S. farmers, ranchers, and military veterans to support American agriculture. This year, USDA-NIFA awarded grants to four regional entities contributing to the Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network. Long-term, this three-year funding totaling $28.7 million will ensure vulnerable agricultural producers and their families have more options for high-quality, affordable help close to home. Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network awardees included the North Central Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Center, at the University of Illinois, who received $7,187,000 for their project Building an Inclusive and Comprehensive Network for Farm and Ranch Stress. NEP Assistant Extension Professors Rebecca Mott and Kimberly Keller will serve as external evaluators for the USDA North Central Region Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Center, which will serve 12 states in the north central US. Congratulations Rebecca and Kim!