Minnesota Department of Agriculture launches resource for farmers dealing with stress

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture launched MinnesotaFarmStress.com as a quick way to find people and organizations that are able to help Minnesota farmers and farm families with unique challenges on the farm.

At MinnesotaFarmStress.com, visitors can clearly see the various resources available to help with financial, emotional, legal, family and other challenges on the farm.

Resources include the Minnesota Farm & Rural Helpline at 833-600-2670, which is answered 24/7 by staff who are trained to help farmers who are struggling with stress or depression. The helpline connects callers to financial help, mental health counselors, legal assistance and more.

Farmers can also learn what resources are available to assist with daily living needs, including electricity, health care, childcare and senior programs. And for financial issues, a number of resources are listed, including free, confidential financial counseling for farmers through University of Minnesota Extension at 800-232-9077.

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