The Minnesota Department of Agriculture recently established a farm and rural helpline, a resource District 16A Rep. Chris Swedzinski, said could be helpful those who are facing a variety of challenges.

The MDA created this helpline as a one-stop-shop of sorts for farmers to access to get referrals for mental health services, financial counseling, legal help and other resources stressed farmers may be seeking.

“Sometimes we just don’t know where to turn when times get tough, and this hotline is a good way for people to get in touch with those who can help,” Swedzinski said. 

“As a farmer myself, I am quite familiar with the stress and unpredictability the work can bring,” Swedzinski added. “Low commodity prices we have been seeing these days are contributing to the strain many are experiencing. “I hope people who are looking for guidance will take advantage of this new service.”

The MDA  rural helpline is accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week by calling toll-free (833) 600-2670.