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Financial help for Minnesota farmers

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COVID-19 has caused unprecedented economic repercussions for agricultural producers. Many federal and state programs have been created to help farmers and others in the food and agricultural industry weather the difficult economic situation. But it can be difficult to navigate the programs and understand how to apply for financial assistance.

Extension's Ag Business Management Team created this guide to financial assistance programs for Minnesota farmers caught in the unique challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you need more information about these programs, call Extension’s Farm Information Line. When you call the Farm Information Line, you'll get reliable, research-based answers from a statewide network of Extension agriculture and natural resources experts.

Farm Information Line

Contact the Farm Information Line for reliable, research-based answers from Extension agriculture and natural resources experts. This is a statewide service backed by a network of local educators, so you'll get information to meet your needs.

Call: 1-800-232-9077
Hours: We answer voicemail and email requests Monday through Friday afternoons. Leave a detailed voicemail or email us with your question for a timely response.
After hours and weekends: Leave a detailed voicemail or email with your question and we'll answer you on the next scheduled Farm Information Line working day.
Anytime: Email us at fil@umn.edu.

Federal programs


State programs


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Reviewed in 2020

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