ROCHESTER, Minn. — Midwest farmers and ranchers are facing unprecedented stressors and uncertainly imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic, weather related concerns, and the derecho storm which impacted parts of the Midwest.
Resources are available through a grant from the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Eight north central states have been collaborating to offer a clearinghouse of resources for the farm and ranch community. The current site can be accessed online at https://www.extension.iastate.edu/humansciences/farm-ranch-wellbeing. This site offers information on programs, hotlines, websites, publications and more that can benefit farmers and ranchers in these challenging times. This site also can be used to access the farm stress related websites for every university extension service in the north central region. States include Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.
In Minnesota, the Farm and Rural Helpline is available 24/7 by phone at (833) 600-2670; via text by sending FARMSTRESS to 898211; or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional resources from both University of Minnesota Extension and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture can be found at z.umn.edu/ruralstress.
This article was submitted by Emily Krekelberg, University of Minnesota Extension; and David Brown, Iowa State University Extension.