The Minnesota Farmer Assistance Network (MFAN) is a partnership of organizations launched by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) designed to address the needs of farmers facing financial challenges. The primary purpose of the MFAN Program is to provide business and financial guidance. MFAN also can assist farmers after a natural disaster, such as a tornado or flood. MFAN can also assist by providing referrals for legal services, basic needs, and mental health counseling.
For farm families having financial difficulties due to economic or natural disaster events –
For beginning or aspiring farmers –
For farms considering a succession plan –
The growing list of MFAN partners includes farm, commodity and other organizations, such as:
MFAN began operations November 1, 2009. The network telephone line will be staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call toll free 1-877-898-6326, or e-mail at email@example.com
There is no cost for MFAN’s assistance. However, there may be fees associated with services provided by certain partner organizations. When possible, MFAN will make attempts to identify scholarships or other resources to help farmers offset these costs.
Yes. One of MFAN’s core values is respect for the privacy of financial information. MFAN will hold confidential the financial information that participating farm families share with MFAN.
MDA is always looking for individuals willing to share their time and talent to help our farming families. Interested volunteers can contact the MFAN Coordinator at 651-201-6311 to learn more. Important qualifications include expertise in farm enterprise analysis, debt restructuring or crisis counseling. Other desired qualities include strong communication skills and the ability to work with a wide range of people.
Agriculture is a key driver of our state economy, providing thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in economic activity. Unfortunately, right now many producers are experiencing economic difficulties. By providing one-on-one business and financial guidance to farm families, MFAN is consistent with MDA’s mission to strengthen our agricultural economy.