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Distressed Farmers Urged to Utilize WI Farm Center
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 02/07/2018

Farmers going through financial or emotional stress as a result of the current slump in the agricultural economy are being reminded that help is just a phone call away. The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture's 'Farm Center' has staff available to help producers navigate the ups and downs that come with low commodity prices.

"We know that stress is high right now for dairy, livestock and crop farmers alike," said Farm Center Director Kathy Schmitt. "Sometimes it can be hard to see possible alternatives in tough situations. That is where the Farm Center can help."

The service works one-on-one with farmers and their families through all phases of the farm cycle--including start-up, growth, change, generational succession and retirement. These no-cost services are available for both new and experienced farmers.

"Farming is a complicated and demanding business," she adds. "It is helpful to have someone there providing support, suggestions and encouragement, whether it be family, friends, or counseling services."

Schmitt notes that Farm Center staff can help sort out farm financial options and offer a listening ear if you need someone to talk to about your farm situation. DATCP also has a counseling voucher program that can be used to access mental health services.

To speak with a consultant at the Wisconsin Farm Center, call 800-942-2474 anytime Monday through Friday from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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