Supporting Farm Families
Do you and your family own a farm and/or work in agriculture? The following resources are here to help.
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Short videos, activities, and discussion guide for agriculture-sector employers.
The following resources are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year for farm families.
- Minnesota Farmer Assistance Network (MFAN) — Minnesota Department of Agriculture — Hotline staffed by veteran financial analysts to help producers facing crises. Includes referral services for lenders, farm business management instructors, and extension educators as well as legal advice and crisis counseling. Call them at 1-877-898-MFAN (6326) or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Crisis Connection — Crisis counseling hotline for anyone calling from a Minnesota area code. Can answer questions that specifically relate to stress experienced by those in agriculture. Call 1-866-379-6363.
Health and Stress
- Dealing with Stress: A Web-based Educational Series — Sowing the Seeds of Hope Coalition and partners including University of Minnesota Extension — Online educational series that helps those who work in agriculture understand stress and its effects on families and the business.
- What is Stress — Quick guide reviews types of stress, sources of stress, and tips for managing stress.
- Controlling Stress — Tips for taking care of yourself and knowing when to seek help.
- Parental Stress — Reviews the interacting factors in family stress and the effects of stress on parents.
- Stretch Your Food Dollars — Tips and worksheets, videos, and more to help your family stay healthy during challenging economic times.
- Crisis Connection — Crisis hotline for anyone calling from a Minnesota area code. Can answer questions that specifically relate to stress experienced by those in agriculture. Call 1-866-379-6363
Relationships and Communication
- Identifying Sources of Support and Friendship — Identifying your support system will help you get through a crisis.
- Family Problem Solving — Tips for talking through issues and/or conflicts as a family.
- Communicating Under Pressure — Tips for speaking carefully and listening attentively, even when you’re stressed.
- Dealing with Your Own Anger — Anger is a normal reaction. It's also an emotion many parents don't know how to deal with when it comes to their children.
- Tips for Talking with Your Child's Other Parent — A short online presentation that gives parents ways to communicate that help them overcome their personal differences. The related "I Message" cards help support one of the suggested strategies. Available in Spanish.
- Creating a Parenting Plan — Planning worksheet to help parents plan for parenting their children while they are living in two households. Available in Spanish.
- Public Psychologist Finder — Minnesota Psychological Association — Locate a public psychologist in Minnesota for relationship counseling, substance abuse recovery, and more.
- Adjusting to Suddenly Reduced Income (9.9 MB PDF) — Guide to help you through the emotional and financial aspects of suddenly reduced income.
- Getting Through Tough Times — Fact sheets that cover getting help, making financial decisions with less, dealing with stress, figuring out how to do more with less, and children and tough times.
- Ag in Uncertain Times — Western Extension Committee — Website that helps producers and others meet challenges of uncertain times. Webinars, resources, and more.
- Pork Producer Resources for Difficult Financial Times — Provides resources that were specifically designed to help pork producers during difficult financial times.
- Money Mechanics — Communication — Iowa State University Extension — Provides guidelines to have open communication about family finances, to help lead to better decisions about finances.
- How to Talk to Your Creditors When You Can’t Pay Your Bills — University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences — Tips for being proactive with creditors when you can’t pay your bills.
- Managing Between Jobs: Talking with Creditors — Oregon State University Extension Service — When your income drops, it’s important to face your debts and know how to talk to your creditors.
- Bridge to Benefits — Children’s Defense Fund — Multi-state project to improve the well-being of families and individuals by linking them to public work support programs and tax credits.
- MinnesotaHelp.info — Online directory of services designed to help people in Minnesota find human services, information and referral, financial assistance, and other forms of help. It is especially rich in resource information for seniors and their caregivers; people with disabilities and their caregivers; parents and families; and low income people.
- GovBenefits.gov — The official benefits website of the U.S. government provides easily accessible information on over 1,000 benefit and assistance programs.
- Preparing and Recovering from Natural Disaster — Resources to help cope with natural disasters.
- After a Natural Disaster: Coping with Loss — University of Minnesota Extension and Partners — Information about the five stages of grieving and how to cope with loss.
- After a Natural Disaster: Managing Anger — University of Minnesota Extension and Partners — Tips for managing anger including changing how you see things, saying how you feel, and calming down.
- After a Natural Disaster: Ending Isolation — University of Minnesota Extension and Partners — Talk, ask for help, and be with people.
- After a Natural Disaster: Talking with Children — University of Minnesota Extension and Partners — After a disaster it’s important to accept kids’ feelings, be honest and reassuring, and let them help.
- Grief and Crisis Decisions — How each stage of grief affects decision-making.
- Monthly Budget/Spending Plan for Families who have Experienced a Natural Disaster (81 K PDF) — Determine monthly family expenses/income prior and during a natural disaster in order to plan for future "recovery" expenses.
- Trying to Understand and Cope with Disasters — Symptoms of stress, how to ease it, and when to seek help.
- Farm Information Line — Phone line that provides reliable, research-based answers from Extension agriculture experts; call 800-232-9077 or email.
- Minnesota AgrAbility Program — Assists people with disabilities who work in agriculture. The program can help with with on-farm consultation, safety planning, connecting to resources and peers, and more. See information on their website or call 800-669-6719, ext. 5601.
- Minnesota Farmer Assistance Network — Minnesota Department of Agriculture — Hotline staffed by veteran financial analysts who help producers facing crises. Includes referral services for lenders, farm business management instructors, and extension educators as well as legal advice and crisis counseling. Call 1-877-898-MFAN (6326) or send an email. Answered 24-7.
- Rural Minnesota Life — University of Minnesota Department of Family Social Science — Website designed to contribute to family business and family vitality.