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