Taking Control of Farm Financial Stress

Iowa Concern Hotline, a part of ISU Extension and Outreach, 1-800-447-1985, is available 24 hours, seven days a week to listen and connect callers to helpful resources, or conduct legal education for their concern. Iowa Concern was started in 1985 as “Rural Concern” because of the farm crisis. Iowa Concern also gets involved in state disasters, which have included ice storms, hay shortage, floods, tornadoes, and animal diseases like aviary and swine flu. www.extension.iastate.edu/iowaconcern
Publications are available through the ISU Extension store:
Encouraging a Friend to Seek Professional Help  PM 1214B
How to Help When You Don’t Know What to Say   PM 1273A
ISU Extension Farm Management Specialists are available to work with farmers who have important decisions to make about their farm operation. Their contact information may be found at https://www.extension.iastate.edu/ag/farm-management.
Other resources on stress from other states:
• “Responding to Distressed People” and "12 Tools for Your Wellness Toolbox in Times of Farm Stress" - www.ag.ndsu.edu/drought/stress-resources
• “How to Cultivate a Productive Mindset” http://msue.anr.msu.edu/resources/how_to_cultivate_a_productive_mindset
Farm Financial Planning Program
Farm Financial Planning is Iowa State University Extension's farm financial analysis program. It consists of one-on-one financial counseling, a computerized analysis of the farm business, and referral to other extension programs or outside services that may be useful.

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