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Crisis Hotlines Offer Farmers Help And Hope

If the weight of low prices, a depressed international economy and a frigid winter have you down, there's hope.

In an effort to provide an initial place to turn for help, the National Farm Medicine Center (NFMC) has compiled a list of known farm crisis hotline resources in the Upper Midwestern and Plains states. Those resources can be found on NFMC's Internet Web site (www.marsh

"We wanted to place current crisis hotline information in the hands of farmers in hopes they'll contact counselors," says Paul Gunderson, director, Marshfield, WI.

"In many cases, the person answering a crisis hotline phone will be a peer - someone who understands farming and can be an effective source of referrals.

"It's our goal to have people talk to someone, and calling a hotline number may be a good starting point," Gunderson explains.

Here are numbers to call for help:

State--Hotline Name--Hotline Telephone

IL--Farm Resource Center--800-851-4719 IA--Iowa Concern Hotline--800-447-1985 MN--MN Farm Advocate Program--(in-state) 800-967-2474 ----(out-of-state) 651-296-1484 NE--NE Farm Hotline--(in-state) 800-464-0258 ND--Mental Health Association--800-472-2911 SD--Farm Crisis Program--800-691-4336 WI--Wisconsin Farm Center--800-942-2474 --WI Department of Agriculture, --Trade and Consumer Protection

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