News by Topic: Agricultural health and safety
Mar 5, 2020 - Addresses the increasing suicide rates among farmers in the Midwest, describes several events that have plagued farmers in recent years. Discusses sources of stress such as increasing debt, plunging commodity prices, and worsening weather, and identifies programs and resources available to farmers.
Source: The Columbus Dispatch, USA Today Network
Feb 24, 2020 - Interview with Jeff Bender, director of the University of Minnesota School of Public Health's Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center. Bender defines mental health and the warning signs that someone may be struggling, discusses the challenges farmers face that may affect their mental health, and the resources available to help.
Source: University of Minnesota
Feb 20, 2020 - Covers a panel discussion at the Hope in the Heartland conference on mental health challenges for farmers and others in the agricultural industry. A veterinarian and two farm owners discuss their own experiences and describe the importance of addressing stigma, maintaining privacy, and reaching out to farmers where they are.
Source: Hays Post
Feb 14, 2020 - Addresses stress in the agricultural industry, describes how those who work in agriculture are more likely to have stress-related issues such as heart disease, hypertension, and mental health concerns. Discusses the various factors that lead to stress and the importance of taking mental health seriously. (May require subscription to view full article).
Source: High Plains Journal