Conversations About Mental Health A Priority In Today’s Farming Community

May has come and gone, but that does not mean the issue of mental health is done for another year. The Farming community used last month, National Mental Health Awareness Month, to highlight the growing challenges of mental health struggles in the farming community. Josie Rudolphi with the University of Illinois Urbana said the frequency […]

WSU Expands Farmer Suicide Prevention Work

Farming is a high-stress occupation, and that’s without a global pandemic. And unfortunately, those stresses too often lead to thoughts of suicide for agriculture workers and their employers. A recently announced $7 million Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network grant from the USDA will expand the farmer suicide prevention work done by Washington State University […]

Impact of Pandemic Not Just Physical For Rural America

The coronavirus is not just about physical heath effects of the virus, but also the mental health impact of this pandemic. U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy, said this is a problem nationwide. Especially, it seems, in rural areas, many of which were already under economic stress.  “And then you bring in a pandemic that […]

Farm Bureau Launches Farm State of Mind Resource

The American Farm Bureau Federation just launched a comprehensive online directory of resources for farmers, ranchers and their families who are experiencing stress and mental health challenges. In recognition of May as Mental Health Month, the directory provides users with stress and mental health resources in every state. Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall said, “It […]

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 […]