OSU’s FRSAN Looking To Address Growing Problem Of Mental Health In Farming Community

Statistics show more and more farmers, young, old, male, female, struggle with mental health. In an effort to help the agriculture community, Oregon State University has launched a new on-line resource, the “Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network”, better known as Farm-SAN. OSU’s Cassie Bouska said currently there’s a stigma associated with mental health in […]

Commodity Classic Launches Podcast Focused On Farm Stress Mental Health

The Commodity Classic launched their special virtual show this week, and one of the highlights was a partnership with the National Association of Farm Broadcasters. The groups launched a podcast addressing farm stress and mental health for the 21st century farmer. Dave Buchholz, with the Commodity Classic, says there’s a lot of alone time when […]

Oregon’s Iverson Selected To Chair AFBF YF&R

Jon Iverson was recently elected chair of the American Farm Bureau Federation’s National Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee. The Woodburn-area farmer says he’s excited to have the opportunity to represent Oregon and all of the west. “YF&R has been really important to me just because it gives an opportunity to grow young members, give them […]

Farmer Angel Network Works To Address Mental Health In Rural America

A generation ago, mental health was a taboo subject in the farming community. However, in 2021, mental health in rural America is discussed more openly and honestly. Randy Roecker with the Farmer Angel Network, took part in a panel discussion during the American Farm Bureau Federation’s Virtual Convention, called “Farm State of Mind”. He said […]

COVID-19 Taking Heavy Toll on Farmers’ Mental Health

According to a new American Farm Bureau Federation poll, a majority of farmers and farm workers say the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted their mental health. The results found more than half of respondents say they are personally experiencing more mental health challenges than they were a year ago. The survey of rural adults and farmers […]

Bill to Curb Rural Suicides Awaits Signature

Legislation to curb the rising rate of farmer suicides awaits the president’s signature as part of the National Defense Authorization Act. However, the bill’s future is still uncertain as President Trump over the weekend threatened to veto the bill, despite the appearance of veto-proof support from lawmakers. The Seeding Rural Resilience Act was included in […]

Rural Communities Reminded To Remain Vigilant When It Comes To COVID-19

The number of COVID-19 cases is on the rise in rural America, and officials are urging residents to take safety precautions. Emily Krekelberg is a Farm Safety and Health Educator for the University of Minnesota Extension Service said it’s not surprising that the virus has spread into rural areas. “We heard from the CDC and […]

$7M USDA Grant Will Help WSU Expand Suicide Prevention Efforts

A new $7 million USDA Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network grant will expand farmer suicide prevention work already taking place at Washington State University. Don McMoran with WSU Extension-Skagit County, said this will allow them to extend these vital resources to 13 western states and four U.S. territories. McMoran said many outside of the […]

WSU Researcher Asking If Animals Have Helped During The Pandemic

What impact have animals had on young people during the coronavirus pandemic. A Washington State University 4-H faculty member is trying to find out. Thanks to major restrictions on in-person meetings and events, many young people are not able to do the school or extracurricular activities that would take place in a typical year. Stephanie […]

Oregon Farm Bureau Working To Address Mental Health Challenges

For many in the Ag industry it’s the elephant in the room: Mental Health. According to several studies, more and more farmers are struggling with some form of mental health issues, whether that’s depression, suicidal thoughts or something else. Lacy Singhose works with the Oregon Farm Bureau reaching out to producers across the state, letting […]