Health in the Agriculture Industry


In an April 2019 national poll sponsored by the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), 91% of farmers surveyed said financial issues were affecting their mental health, followed closely by farm or business problems (88%) and fear of losing the farm (87%). Other factors included stress, weather, the economy, isolation and social stigma.

This page aims to address physical and mental health in the agriculture industry and provide resources and support in the articles, videos and podcasts below.

 

Your Value Isn't Measured by Net Worth

Farmers are generally optimists, but the stress of recent years can be overwhelming. It’s OK to ask for help. Read how physical and mental health challenges and stress have impacted four farm families.

Mental Health Cover Story

 

Mental Health Resources

7 Steps to Reduce Stress

These strategies will make a big difference to your outcomes and outlook. You need to manage your stress to keep it from ruining precious relationships and vital business partnerships


Suicide Prevention Week: Manage Stress On The Farm

Farming is stressful—this year proves challenging for even experienced farmers. However, it’s important for you, friends and family to remember that stress on the farm should be just that—stress on the farm. Your farm’s success doesn’t change who you are as a person or your value.


Farmers, Mental Health First Aid Matters

767,000 people throughout our rural communities do not know where to go or who to talk to about the mental health problems they may be experiencing.


You Can Help Prevent Farmer Suicides

Learn the signs of suicidal risk and find more resources to help you manage mental and physical stress.

Videos

 

Podcasts

Latest Rural Health News

2020. What a year and we are only 6 months into it. COVID-19 has tipped the world upside down. What was considered our normal activities

On Jan. 29, 2020, Lyle Benjamin’s farm died. The fifth-generation grower stopped rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic and climbed overboard, leaving behind 150 years

This is the third in a series provided by the American Soybean Association and United Soybean Board looking at mental health resources.

Commentary by Brandon

This is the second in a series of mental health support articles provided by the American Soybean Association and the United Soybean Board

By Theresia

This commentary is from Bob Worth: Minnesota Soybean Growers Association At Large Governing Board Member/Past ASA Board Member/ASA Ag Communications Team (ACT) Member. It was

Find Help

If you are a farmer in crisis, or know of someone in need of immediate assistance, go to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline website or call 1-800-273-8255 or dial 911.

To learn the signs of suicidal risk and find more resources to help you manage mental and physical stress, visit www.AgWeb.com/rural-health