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.




Latest Rural Health News

This year has a reputation for being a wet one. It led to flooding, late planting and late harvesting. Sometimes, those wet years can bring

When it comes to mental health information, a new study shows farmers want to receive information face-to-face from their innermost circle. Limited access to mental

In two decades of covering agriculture, I’m always impressed by the common thread that ties America’s producers together: resiliency. Through rough weather, fires, down markets

This week Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Jon Tester (D-MT) introduced a bill that aims to improve access to mental health services for farmers and

"Ready?"  Fwump...Crack! 

A baseball flies to the back of the batting cage as Indiana farmer Greg Doms readies another pitch. The smell of rubber and

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