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USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture Invests in the Safety, Health of Farmers
Dec 8, 2017 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) awarded six new grants to support farmer health and safety. These grants, funded through the Youth Farm Safety Education and Certification (YFSEC) Program and state and regional AgrAbility initiatives, aim to prevent serious injuries and fatalities associated with farming through education and support.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture
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Health Risks To Farmworkers Increase As Workforce Ages
Dec 7, 2017 - Discusses the aging farm workforce and factors that may be contributing to this reality. Declining health due to age and years of labor take a toll on farm workers, many of whom do not have private insurance and cannot access Medicaid.
Source: Kaiser Health News
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Why Are America's Farmers Killing Themselves in Record Numbers?
Dec 6, 2017 - Discusses the high rates of suicide among people who work in agriculture, focusing on specific people who either committed suicide or dealt with depression, including the author herself, and on Dr. Mike Rosmann, an Iowa farmer, psychologist, and an expert on farmer behavioral health. Touches on contributing factors as well as efforts that have been implemented to combat farmer suicide.
Source: The Guardian
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Opioid Crisis Affects Farmers Harder Than Their Rural Neighbors
Nov 29, 2017 - According to a poll commissioned by the American Farm Bureau Federation and the National Farmers Union, almost 75% of U.S. farmers and farm workers report being directly affected by opioid dependence, while the rural population as a whole only reports approximately 45% being directly affected. Farmers and farm workers also were more likely to report that it is easy to access opioids in their community.
Source: Bloomberg
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