Farm families in Scott, Muscatine, Clinton and Cedar counties who are struggling with issues ranging from anxiety to retirement planning and substance abuse are eligible for free, personal counseling through a new collaboration between Iowa State University Extension and the Farm Foundation, a nonprofit based in Oak Brook, Ill.
"Farm families face extraordinary challenges," Shari Rogge-Fidler, president and CEO of the Farm Foundation, said in a news release from ISU Extension & Outreach.
"As rural entrepreneurs, they don’t always have easy access to the resources they might need. We are pleased to bring a coalition of partners together to provide direct help, and to be working with ISU to get the word out to Iowa farm families that these valuable, prepaid services are available to them.”
Personal assistance professionals are available via televideo and telephone to help all generations of farm families with a wide variety of life challenges, including: health and nutrition; tobacco cessation; organization and time management; career and retirement planning; child care and elder care; anxiety, depression, stress, addictions and substance use, according to the news release.
Families wishing to take advantage of the newly available prepaid, ongoing coaching and counseling services can get started by calling 833-999-3276 (FARM).
In addition to the Quad-City region, the free, one-on-one counseling and coaching services are available to farm families in Benton, Boone, Clarke, Dallas, Greene, Hardin, Iowa, Jasper, Johnson, Linn, Marshall, Polk, Poweshiek, Story, Tama and Washington counties, according to the news release.
For more information, visit https://www.farmfoundation.org/iowa-farm-family-wellness/.
The new services complement those already available through the Iowa Concern program, which has been offered through ISU Extension since 1985.
Iowa Concern continues to be available to all Iowans by calling 800-447-1985.