ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Minnesota Farm & Rural Helpline now accepts texts, email

agBRIEF.jpg

ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is offering two new ways for farmers and others involved in agriculture to contact the Minnesota Farm & Rural Helpline: text and email.

“We want to make it as easy as possible for our farmers to get the help they need when they need it,” said Agriculture Commissioner Thom Petersen. “COVID-19 has come on top of several years of high costs, low prices and bad weather for farmers. We know chronic stress takes a toll on people and can really affect the way they cope with challenging situations.”

The confidential service, available 24/7, connects farmers to counselors who can serve as a sounding board, provide emotional support, link to a rural mental health specialist, or help them find information about financial and legal resources. Users are welcome to remain anonymous.

Contact options include:

Toll-free phone: 1-833-600-2670

ADVERTISEMENT

Text: FARMSTRESS to 898211

Email: farmstress@state.mn.us

The MDA also encourages people who are worried about family or friends and aren’t sure how to help to use this service.

The MDA’s companion Coping with Farm and Rural Stress in Minnesota website, minnesotafarmstress.com, received 4,600 visits in 2019 and has already seen more than 5,000 in the first six months of 2020.

Related Topics: AGRICULTURE
What To Read Next
Members Only
Worthington Tax and Business Services' owner Bill Gordon added local and historical elements to the newly renovated office space on Third Avenue in downtown Worthington.
In 2012, the MPCA issued a notice of violation for “discharges of inadequately treated sewage to the waters of the state from the unincorporated community of Reading.”
Commercial farmers in Nebraska, the Dakotas, and Minnesota start using drones for spraying, seeding.
Even if it's not a lucrative venture, the hobby of raising rabbits continues at this farm near Sebeka, Minnesota.