FARMER SUPPORT HOTLINE access to resources & support

The Southern Ag Exchange (SAgE) Farm Stress Hotline provides support to farmers, ranchers, and farmer/rancher affiliated individuals and professionals across the southern region and covered territories (Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands).

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SAgE’s Farmer Support Hotline

24/7 | Call, Text, Chat

CALL 988

Are you experiencing an immediate crisis? For those experiencing thoughts of suicide and for emergency crisis support:

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Do you need an advocate to help with a struggling farm or to access financial assistance?

The Hotline is staffed by farm stress specialists who are trained to listen to concerns, connect with knowledge and helpful options, and provide southern farm-specific resources that have been vetted and documented by SAgE, setting it apart from other hotlines and support lines in the region and across the country. 


SAgE Hotline specialists are also trained to help callers navigate crises, whether active or impending. Providing crisis support and coordinating with local and national suicide prevention, crisis response, and other emergency services are established best practices. Crisis response training, procedures, and capabilities are critical when we consider the toll of farm stress on the mental health of farmers and ranchers across the region. 


The SAgE Hotline also provides access to farm advocates across the region. Farmers who reach out to the Hotline can be referred to a farm advocate who will walk alongside them as they navigate operations, financial, legal, and other stressors making farming difficult. Farm advocacy is a proven way to mitigate, ameliorate, and prevent active crises for farmers and their families. 


The SAgE Hotline is operated by Iowa State University Extension's Concern Line. Farm Advocacy is a service of the SAgE Hotline provided in partnership with Rural Advancement Foundation International (RAFI-USA). Farm Aid provides additional support to the SAgE Hotline by contributing to a comprehensive understanding of the needs of farmers and ranchers in the southern region. 

The Southern Region

Southern region Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico

Questions about the SAgE Hotline? We’re here to help. Reach out to Hannah Brinson.

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Funding Acknowledgements: USDA-NIFA Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network Award # 2020-70028-32730

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