U of M Extension offers free and confidential financial counseling. Call 1-800-232-9077.
Resources for difficult times
Find help, counseling, advocacy, legal and referral resources in Minnesota.
Minnesota Farm and Rural Helpline
Free, confidential, available 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 someone you don't know. 833-600-2670 x 1
Mental Health and Family Services Line
Farm Aid works with farm advocates, counselors and hotline operators that can help you in your time of need. 1-800-FARM-AID
Minnesota Rural Mental Health Specialists
Ted Matthews: 320-266-2390
Monica McConkey: 218-280-7785
Ted and Monica work with farmers throughout Minnesota. No cost; no paperwork. The service is available thanks to funds from the Minnesota Legislature.
While you are welcome to contact either Monica or Ted, Monica generally serves the area north of Highway 12 (which runs from Ortonville through Willmar to the Twin Cities) and Ted generally serves the area south of Highway 12.
Mental Health Minnesota
Search by county or zip code to quickly find local mental health crisis response. If you prefer, you can reach the Crisis Text Line by texting "MN" to 741741.
If you or a farmer you know is experiencing financial stress, contact the Farm Information Line at 1-800-232-9077 to set up a financial counseling session.
Financial counseling is free and completely confidential. A team of Extension farm financial analysts has been assembled of retired experts from areas like banking and farm business management education to provide free, one-on-one financial counseling to farmers who are experiencing financial stress. These analysts will help participating farmers understand their financial situation, explore options and seek to identify alternatives to help alleviate the financial stress caused by the current agricultural climate.
Minnesota Farm Advocates - "Farmers Helping Farmers"
Farm Advocates provide one-to-one assistance for Minnesota farmers who face crisis caused by either a natural disaster or financial problems. Farm Advocates understand the needs of agricultural families and communities. They are trained and experienced in agricultural lending practices, mediation, lender negotiation, farm programs, crisis counseling and disaster programs, and to recognize needs for legal and/or social services. There is no charge or fee for Farm Advocate assistance. Hotline: 1-800-967-AGRI (2474).
The Minnesota Family Farm Law Project
MFFLP is a program that provides legal assistance to financially distressed family farmers in Minnesota in conjunction with Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services (SMRLS) offices. Services are free or provided at reduced cost to eligible farmers. In general, priority is given to cases to prevent foreclosure on family farm homesteads and repossession of farm machinery, equipment, livestock, crops and real estate that are necessary to the farm operation. In addition, priority is given to cases to secure the release of income from farm production and/or obtain the extension of credit for family living and farm operating expenses. Toll free information and referral line: 1-800-233-4534.
FLAG is a nonprofit law center dedicated to providing legal services to family farmers and their rural communities in order to help keep family farmers on the land. 1-877-860-4349