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Associated Press, Published November 11 2009

Program helps struggling Minn. farmers cope

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota farm families have a new resource to help them cope with financial challenges.

The Minnesota Farmer Assistance Network provides financial guidance, technical assistance and mentoring to farm families facing economic hardship. Its toll-free help line at 1-877-898-MFAN connects farmers to experts such as farm business management instructors, extension educators and other financial analysts. It also helps farmers find legal guidance, tax advice and 24-hour crisis counseling.

Agriculture Commissioner Gene Hugoson describes the program as "a streamlined network designed to get farm families on the road to recovery."

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