The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) has developed and made available to farmers two new ways to contact the Minnesota Farm & Rural Helpline, text and email. This confidential service is available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. It connects farmers and others in rural communities with counselors that can serve as a resource for emotional support, link callers with a rural health specialist, or help find information about legal and financial resources.

Contact options include: phone toll free 833-600-2670. text FARMSTRESS to 898211 or email "We want to make it as easy as possible for our farmers to get the help they need when they need it," said Commissioner of Agriculture Thom Peterson. "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."

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