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)

University of Minnesota “Dealing With Stress” Website

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

Farmer-Lender Mediation

Mediation help for farmers who are having difficulties with a loan and/or lender.


Farmers Legal Action Group (FLAG)

Legal services, referrals, and support for family farmers.


Minnesota Farm Advocates

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.


Minnesota Rural Finance Authority

Partners with local lenders to offer a wide variety of low-interest loans and loan guarantees for farmers.


Minnesota State Farm Business Management Education

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.


University of Minnesota Extension Free, Confidential Financial Counseling for Farmers

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.