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Farmers encouraged to consider resources in times of financial distress

ST. PAUL, Minnesota (Dec. 17, 2018)—For many Minnesota farmers, 2018 was a tough year financially. Free, confidential help is available for those who are struggling.

For farmers like Liz and Bob Krocak of Montgomery, programs such as the farm financial counseling service offered through University of Minnesota Extension have been much-needed. The Krocaks decided to share their story publicly to encourage other farmers to ask for help. “We felt pretty alone out there, without an advocate, without anyone on our side,” Liz Krocak said. “This is our livelihood, our legacy. We’ve worked our whole lives and find ourselves in a position we never expected.”

After four-plus years of low milk prices, the Krocaks—who farm with their son and daughter-in-law—had to sell their 150-head dairy herd in May. Their efforts are focused on keeping the farm that has been in their family for 130 years. They are in their first year as a certified organic farm, growing organic corn, alfalfa, oats and cover cr…