Farming can be a stressful occupation. Often, you live where you work. Your coworkers may be your spouse and/or other family members. While you get to be your own boss, you feel responsible for a lot and can control very little.
Financial problems, price and marketing uncertainties, farm transfer issues, production challenges, marital difficulties, and social pressures can be real sources of stress for farmers and farm family members.
1. Help with Stress, Anxiety, Depression, Feeling Stuck
Minnesota Farm & Rural Helpline
833-600-2670 x 1
Free, confidential, 24/7. This call center is located in Minnesota. Calls are answered by trained staff and volunteers. If you or someone you know is struggling with stress, anxiety, depression, or suicidal thoughts, call. Sometimes it’s easier to talk to somebody you don’t know.
Ted Matthews, Rural Mental Health Counselor
Ted Matthews works exclusively w/ farmers across the entire state. No cost; no paperwork. The service is available thanks to funds from the Minnesota Legislature. Center of Agriculture Mental Health Outreach Brochure Program (PDF)
Insights, tips, and resources to help you identify, manage, and help others who are experiencing stress.
2. Help with Daily Living
Food, heat, electricity, healthcare, childcare, senior programs, etc. Learn More
3. Business, Financial and Legal Help
Mediation help for farmers who are having difficulties with a loan and/or lender.
Legal services, referrals, and support for family farmers.
Advocates meet with Minnesota farmers who have been through a natural disaster or who are having financial problems. Farm Advocates are trained and experienced in agricultural lending practices, mediation, lender negotiation, farm programs, crisis counseling, and disaster programs, and can also help you find legal and/or social services.
Partners with local lenders to offer a wide variety of low-interest loans and loan guarantees for farmers.
218-894-5163 or 507-389-7263
Teaches farmers to how to use farm records and develop the management skills they need to accomplish their own business and personal goals.
Financial analysts meet with farmers to help them make sense of their financial situation and explore options to keep their farms functioning.
If you need help figuring out who to contact, call us at 833-600-2670 x 0 during business hours, use TTY at 711 or visit MDA State website.