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Financial help for Minnesota farmers

Farmstead with large field in foreground and red barn in the distance.

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.

To talk to a person, call the Farm Information Line


Expanded hours: February through June 30, 2020, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Regular hours: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

After hours, leave a voicemail and we'll return your call the next business day.

Email us at fil@umn.edu.

Federal programs


State programs


Farm Bill and USDA



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Farmer Lender Mediation

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