WHO WE ARE
In 2009, milk prices declined precipitously. Vermont dairy farmers felt a dangerous rise in stress and financial strain.
The stress throughout the agricultural industry was palpable. We knew something had to be done.
Recognizing the emergency, Invest Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and the Vermont Agency of Agriculture came together to provide resources and assistance to farmers on a comprehensive and personal level.
Farm First was born: the nation’s first program to make wide-ranging EAP services and support available to individual farm owners and their families.
Our innovative program has been so successful and so well utilized by farmers that in 2012, the Vermont legislature agreed to help fund the program.