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The Minnesota Farmer Assistance Network . Chuck Schwartau , Extension Educator Mary Nell Preisler , Farmer-Lender Mediation Program Director Kevin Plante , MFAN Coordinator, MN Department of Agriculture Ellie McCann , Extension Educator. Lender Survey Highlighted Needs January 2010.

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the minnesota farmer assistance network

The Minnesota Farmer Assistance Network

Chuck Schwartau, Extension Educator

Mary Nell Preisler, Farmer-Lender Mediation Program Director

Kevin Plante, MFAN Coordinator, MN Department of Agriculture

Ellie McCann, Extension Educator

farmer lender mediation program executive summary 2009
FARMER LENDER MEDIATION PROGRAMExecutive Summary 2009

Mary Nell Preisler

Farmer-Lender Mediation

Program Director

3 107 mediation notices
3,107 Mediation Notices
  • increase of 55.2% over 2008
  • increase of 85.6% since 1999
  • 38% requested mediation
  • 639 notices completed mediation in 2009
  • 66% reached a settlement
staffing
Staffing
  • 12 part-time mediators
  • 4 part-time financial analysts
  • 2 part-time Community Program Specialists
  • 2.25 administrative staff
  • full-time program director
geographic distribution
Geographic Distribution
  • Central 24%
  • South East 21%
  • East Central 15%
  • Northwest 12%
  • West Central 10%
  • Southwest 8%
  • South Central 6%
  • North Central 3%
  • Northeast 1%
initial creditor
Initial Creditor
  • Banks 39%
  • Implement Dealers and Manufacturers 33%
  • Farm Credit Services, AgStar, AgCountry and AgriBank 21%
  • U S D A / Farm Service Agency 4%
  • Contracts for Deed 2%
  • Others 1% (Judgments, small business accounts and etc.)
322 8m debt in mediation
$322.8M Debt in Mediation
  • Banks $124.5M
  • Farm Service Agency $116M
  • Farm Credit Services $48.5M
  • Main Street Suppliers and Small Businesses $18M
  • Contracts $9.5M
  • Implement Companies $5M
  • Overdue taxes $1.1M
primary enterprise
Primary Enterprise
  • Crop 35%
  • Dairy 31%
  • Cattle 19%
  • Hogs 12%
  • Horses 2%
  • Other 1%
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The Minnesota Farmer Assistance Network

Kevin Plante

MFAN Coordinator

MN Department of Agriculture

what is mfan
What is MFAN
  • An effort by a network of agencies and organizations, such as the Mn Department of Agriculture, Univ. of Minn. Extension Service, MnSCU Farm Business Management, and others to assist farmers facing financial difficulty
  • Provide single point contact to address financial issues and connect farmers to resources to help solve those issues.
  • Networked with Crisis Connection to provide behavior health counseling.
why was mfan developed
Why was MFAN developed?
  • Listening sessions with MDA Commissioners identified possible financial issues in Minnesota agriculture, especially in the livestock sector.
  • Increase in Farmer-Lender Mediation notices identified a need for farm financial management in agricultural production industry.
  • Changes to University Extension and Farm Business Management program staffing identified a need for personnel available for one-on-one consultation.
  • Similar successful program in Wisconsin has operated for 20 years.
mfan partners
MFAN Partners
  • Farm Business Management Program (MnSCU)
  • Univ. of Minnesota
    • Cooperative Extension Service
    • Farmer-Lender Mediation
  • Crisis Connection
    • 24/7 mental health providers
  • United Way (211)
    • Local access to human service needs (food, energy, etc)
  • Farm Advocate Program – MDA
  • Farmers’ Legal Action Group (FLAG)
  • Dept. of Employment and Economic Dev. (DEED)
    • Minnesota Workforce Centers
  • USDA – Farm Services Agency
  • Faith-Based Counseling Groups
    • Lutheran Social Services
    • Catholic Charities
mfan hotline
MFAN Hotline
  • 1-877-898-6326 (MFAN)
    • Local 651-201-6326
    • 24/7 – 365 day connection
    • MFAN business hours 8-4:30 M-F (except holidays)
      • After hours – answered by Crisis Connection
    • Option to connect with MFAN, Crisis Connection, or 211(United Way)
  • Can also contact via email mfan.mda@state.mn.us
  • Website: www.mda.state.mn.us/mfan
what happens when someone calls mfan
What happens when someone calls MFAN?
  • Discuss situation with caller
    • Farmer or relation to farm
    • Primary reason for calling
    • Family/home situation
    • Need for local assistance
    • Assess emotional level of caller/situation
  • Connect with MFAN Analyst, Extension personel, FBM Instructor, or Farm Advocate
mfan analysts
MFAN Analysts
  • Work one-one-one with farmers referred to them.
  • Conduct farm operational and financial analysis.
  • Financial Planning
  • Loan applications
  • Identify family and behavioral health needs.
  • Assist with contacting local agencies.
  • Help families reduce the stress of the situation.
  • Help farmers connect with resources to solve problems
  • Volunteer position – former Extension, FBM, FSA Directors, bankers
ag sector areas of concern
Ag Sector Areas of Concern
  • Areas of greatest immediate concern
    • Dairy
      • 2009 markets resulted in many farms showing ~$500 loss per cow
    • Swine
      • 2009 markets resulted in losses in the ~$25 (and higher) per animal marketed
    • No enterprise is exempt
response teams
Response Teams
  • Dairy
    • Regional Extension Educators
      • Neil Broadwater
      • Jim Paulson
      • Jim Salfer
      • Chuck Schwartau
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Response Teams
  • Swine
    • Mark Whitney
  • Business Management
    • Dave Bau
    • Bill Craig
    • Rob Holcomb
    • Bret Oelke
local educators
Local Educators
  • Ray Bisek
  • Brad Carlson
  • Mike Boersma
  • Tim Dolan
  • Laura Kieser
  • Dan Martens
  • Randy Pepin
  • Brenda Postels
  • Wayne Schoper
  • Diane Stouffer
  • Jerry Tesmer
  • Betsy Wieland
  • Nathan Winter
  • Rhonda Wulf
assistance available
Assistance Available
  • Finpack
    • Self-selected extension educators
    • MnSCU Farm Business Management Advisors
  • Management Decision Assistance
    • EFAN’s program teams
  • Additional publications and tools being developed and posted on program team webpages
center for family development response
Center for Family Development Response
  • In Conjunction with MFAN
  • Portfolio of Resources
  • News Releases
  • Local calls to respond
fd portfolio of resources
FD Portfolio of Resources
  • Dollar Works 2 Spending Plan & Resource Management Tools

http://www.extension.umn.edu/ResourceManagement/Dollarworks2.html

  • Getting Through Tough Times series (18 worksheets) http://www.extension.umn.edu/ResourceManagement/toughtimes.html
  • Building Family Strengths - communication workbook

http://www.extension.umn.edu/distribution/familydevelopment/DE7265.html

  • We Agree: Creating a Parenting Plan

http://www.extension.umn.edu/distribution/familydevelopment/DE8019.html

  • Dealing with Stress: A Web-based Educational Serieshttp://www.extension.umn.edu/ToughTimes/dealing-with-stress-resources.html
  • eXtensionhttp://about.extension.org/
  • eXtension - Financial Crisis & Families http://www.extension.org/pages/Financial_Crisis_and_Families
additional family resources
Additional Family Resources
  • Sowing Seeds of Hope - Rural Assistance Center (mental health resources) http://www.raconline.org/success/success_details.php?success_id=485
  • Crisis Connection http://www.crisis.org/
family development news releases
Family Development News Releases
  • Upcoming news releases to include:
    • Stress and Depression
    • Communicating with Lenders/Businesses
    • How to Talk about Money Issues
    • Communicating with Children
    • Anxiety
    • Other ?
fd response teams
FD Response Teams

Family Relations:

  • Minnell Tralle
  • Rose Allen
  • Patricia Stoppa
  • Kathleen Olson
  • Colleen Gengler
  • Joanne Musich
  • Ellie McCann
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Family Resource Management:

  • Antonio Alba Meraz
  • Shirley Anderson-Porisch
  • Susan Hooper
  • Cindy Petersen
  • Sara Croymans
mn families connect with resources
MN Families Connect with Resources

Helping Professionals across state informed of issues & resources

Ag professionals (seed dealers, elevators, implement dealers, etc) informed of issues & resources

News releases promote awareness of issues & other resources

MFAN Flyer distributed state wide

Farm family member or concerned individual makes call to MFAN

MFAN Intake Staff Assesses Needs with Caller

Ag-related needs identified

Crisis issues identified

Family-related needs identified

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Crisis issues identified

Referral to Crisis Connection & others as needed

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Ag-related needs identified

Family-related needs identified

Referral to other resources

Referral to Family Development Educator in Family Relations or Family Resource Management

Referral to MFAN Volunteer Advisor

Referral to other resources

MFAN Volunteer meets with family

FD Educator &

MFAN volunteer communicate

MFAN Volunteer & FD Educator meet and/or provide appropriate resources to family

thank you
Thank you!
  • Questions and/or comments?