Mediation services for agricultural borrowers, creditors, and USDA program participants. Free one-on-one education on agricultural financial and legal matters.
Available in English and Spanish.
The hotline offers access to many attorneys, financial advisors, professional counselors, mediators, clergy, and others. There are 167 behavioral health professionals working with the Rural Response Hotline. Ask about no-cost vouchers for counseling services.
Created in 1984 during the 1980s farm crisis, the Nebraska Rural Response Hotline continues to be a valuable and proven resource for farmers, ranchers and rural residents who experience hard times. Natural disasters in recent years have made these hard times even harder. More and more studies shine a light on the need for support in our rural communities. The Hotline provides that support to help you navigate these difficult times.
Whether you’ve been affected by a recent natural disaster or a health or financial crisis, our trained and experienced staff will help you assess your needs and direct you to resources specific to those needs.
Free monthly clinics, held at various sites throughout Nebraska, provide one-on-one confidential consultations with experienced professionals in farm finances and agricultural legal matters to help you with your specific issue. Topics include, but are not limited to, financial planning, estate and transition planning, succession planning as it pertains to the beginning farmer tax credit act (NextGen), farm loan programs, debtor/creditor law, fence law, and mediation.
Workshops, offered periodically, are educational opportunities provided in a classroom setting on topics such as succession planning, business entities, enterprise structure, and other relevant matters.
A coalition of farm organizations and religious denominations, led by Interchurch Ministries of Nebraska, were instrumental in establishing the Hotline. The Hotline is administered by the Rural Response Council and the Farm and Ranch Project in Legal Aid of Nebraska’s Bancroft office. It is supported through grants and by private, industry and charitable donations.