Educational resources through NDSU extension


First Link

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline call 988
  • Crisis line services and counseling support call 211 or 701-235-7335


988 is a number to call if you have any worries or concerns about your mental health and you’re worried that you’re in a state of crisis: your function has deteriorated, you don’t know what you’re going to do next, you’re noticing that your mood and behavior are getting in the way of your ability to function the way you typically would, you’re experiencing thoughts of suicide, or you have any thoughts or concerns about hurting yourself. Even friends and family members should call if they want to talk to a counselor about their concerns for a loved one and to learn about what resources are available.


Together counseling

  • Mental health and substance abuse counseling
  • Telehealth and in-person counseling options
  • Call 701-404-0997


Farm and ranch operation resources


Credit counseling and mediation

  • A credit counselor works with clients to analyze profitability of the farm or ranch operations.
  • Mediators work with disputing parties to explore issues and arrive at the best possible outcome. All parties are given the opportunity to be heard.
  • Credit counselors assist with developing options and considering alternative plans.


Farm management education

  • Courses are available statewide
  • Strategic decision making for family and business
Participants will:
  • Learn to develop cash flow projections, balance sheets, and business analysis
  • Improve record keeping systems
  • Understand financial strengths and weaknesses


NDSU extension education


Do you need assistance?



Do the stresses of agriculture often overwhelm your thoughts or do you feel like there is no way out of your operational and financial challenges?

If yes, contact the Crisis Line Services and Counseling immediately  at 701-235-7335 or 2-1-1

Are you struggling with credit matters or resolving disputes?

If yes, contact North Dakota Mediation Service at 701-328-4158

Are you interested in taking courses focused on economic and financial management for farm and ranch businesses?

If yes, contact NDCTE Farm Management at 701-328-3162

Are you interested in attending a wellness or farm management workshop?

If yes, contact NDSU Extension at 701-231-6143

A multi-agency support partnership


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Betty Schneider, NDMS Coordinator

North Dakota Mediation Service (NDMS) was established to help financially distressed farmers and ranchers by providing assistance in credit and financial matters and resolving disputes.

Phone: 701-328-4158 or 844-642-4752




North Dakota Farm Management Education logo

North Dakota Career and Technical Education is dedicated to providing lifelong learning opportunities in economic and financial management for persons involved in the farming and ranching operation.

Phone: 701-328-3162




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Sean Brotherson, Professor & Extension Family Science Specialist

NDSU Extension empowers North Dakotans to improve their lives, relationships, businesses and communities through education and outreach.

Phone: 701-231-6143




This work is supported by a Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network grant from USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture.