Farm Advocates provide one-on-one assistance for Minnesota farmers who face crisis caused by either a natural disaster or financial problems. Farm Advocates understand the needs of our agricultural families and communities. They are trained and experienced in agricultural lending practices, mediation, lender negotiation, farm programs, crisis counseling, disaster programs and to recognize the need for legal and/or social services.
The Farm Advocate Program has been supported by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture since 1984. There is no charge or fee for Farm Advocate assistance.
Farm Advocates receive continuing education in the changing and complex issues of lender policies, bankruptcy laws, mediation, tax laws, USDA's Farm Service Agency's loan programs, Farm Credit Services and all other government programs affecting agriculture.
The Farm Advocates have developed a network of attorneys, accountants, human service professionals, educators and other sources of information and services.
Equipped with all these resources, the Farm Advocates share their expertise with others, enabling them to make informed decisions.
Social and Human Services
Jan Boll, Field Manager . . . 218-268-4472
Bruce Lubitz, Field Manager . . . 218-346-4866