Help for Farmers Facing Flood Damage and Financial Stress

Just last fall we were talking about the record number of farm bankruptcies due to low crop prices. Now, many farmers are suffering losses due to widespread floods throughout the Midwest caused by heavy snow and rain, and a significant number of farmers have lost their barns when the heavy snow caused the roofs to collapse. Farming is a business that is heavily depending on the weather, which is never easy to predict and impossible to control. Most farmers are familiar with risk management tools like crop insurance and diversification, but what do you do when everything goes wrong at once? This seems to be the question on the minds of many.

Fortunately, there is help. The following is a list of resources available to assist farmers facing these and many other challenges this spring, as compiled by the Minnesota Farmers Union:

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