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Resources for Producers in Crisis


While each family's situation is unique, there are a number of resources available in Minnesota to help producers and their families cope with a range of financial and personal impacts. Below is a list of some of those resources.

  • The Minnesota Farm Advocate Program offers free, one-on-one assistance for farmers who face crisis due to a natural disaster or financial problems. Farm Advocates are located around the state, and are trained and experienced in agricultural lending practices, mediation, lender negotiation, farm programs, and crisis counseling. Farm Advocates can also be reached by calling Jan Boll at 218-268-4472, or Bruce Lubitz at 218-346-4866.
  • The Minnesota Rural Finance Authority (RFA) Restructure II loan program helps farmers who remain in good credit standing with their local agricultural lender, but are having trouble with cash flow.
  • MDA's Livestock Development Team  assists with planning a livestock expansion, feedlot siting issues and agricultural planning and zoning concerns. In this case, the MDA staff can also provide grants and loans for livestock related activities based on certain eligibility criteria.
  • Farm Business Management Education Programs in Minnesota are available through the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU). The programs are designed to provide education to farm owners and operators or persons interested in farming. The purpose of the program is to assist students in meeting their business and personal goals.