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Rural Response Hotline helping farmers through tough times

Posted at 6:48 PM, Jun 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-26 19:48:58-04

BANCROFT, Neb. (KMTV) — It's been a trying time for farmers in 2019. From the floods, to the weather delaying planting season, to the ongoing trade war with China that's impacting their markets. Many farmers are in need of help, that's why many have been calling one hotline.

The Rural Response Hotline in Bancroft has answered more than 1,600 calls in 2019, mainly from farmers looking for help. They can assist with things like counseling for those feeling down or depressed. "We have a lot of important programs, but to take care of the well being and the health of the farmer and rancher is first," says Michelle Soll of the Rural Response Hotline.

They can also assist with Disaster Assistance Funds, and other things like estate planning. Due to the floods, the bad weather, and the tariffs, they have been busy with things like counseling.

"We're not a dead end at all, we have so many resources for farmers and ranchers so we help them in so many different ways," says Laurie Marr of the Rural Response Hotline.

Soll and Marr are the ones answering the phones, but a team spread out in the state is also helping. They include the Legal Aid of Nebraska, Interchurch Ministries of Nebraska, Nebraska Department of Agriculture, Farmers Union Foundation, WIFE, Grange and several church denominations.

If you are a farmer or rancher in need, contact the hotline at 1-800-464-0258. They are open Monday - Friday from 8 am to 5 pm.