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News by Topic: Farmers and farmworkers

Sep 20, 2022 - Describes the Farm Family Resource Initiative, a new program to support the mental and physical health needs of farmers and farm families in Illinois, launched by the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine Center for Rural Health and Social Service Development. Discusses the stressors and challenges facing farmers and the program's availability in all counties across the state.
Source: My Journal Courier
Sep 6, 2022 - Highlights the Migrant and Seasonal Head Start (MSHS) program and the work of the National Migrant and Seasonal Head Start Association (NMSHSA) to advocate for farmworker families. Describes partnerships between the organization and other groups to increase access to services and educational opportunities.
Source: National Head Start Association
Aug 24, 2022 - Describes initiatives focusing on mental health helplines for farmers and rural communities, including the AgriStress Helpline for Farmers and Ranchers through AgriSafe and 988, the new federal crisis number. Highlights the challenges that farmers and ranchers face and the experiences of one Wyoming farmer. May require a subscription to view the full article.
Source: High Country News
Aug 22, 2022 - The National Advisory Council on Migrant Health (NACMH) will hold a virtual public meeting on November 2-3, 2022. Agenda items include discussions on topics related to migratory and seasonal agricultural worker health. Meeting information will be published on the NACMH website.
Source: Federal Register
Aug 9, 2022 - Describes increases in climate and environmental hazards that affect the health of rural farm workers, including heat stress, exposure to wildfire smoke, and a rise in infections like Valley Fever. Notes that these issues will become more severe as climate zones in the West change due to climate change, and discusses efforts to advocate for farm worker safety.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Aug 9, 2022 - Announces the launch Missouri Department of Agriculture's AgriStress Helpline in response to a rural mental health crisis in the state. Notes a 50% faster growth in suicide rates in rural Missouri compare to urban counties, and describes mental health challenges specific to rural agricultural communities.
Source: News Tribune
Aug 1, 2022 - Describes a panel of representatives from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and U.S. Department of Agriculture that explored farmer mental health in Hays, Kansas. Notes that the suicide rate in Kansas is higher than the national average and that the rates in rural and frontier counties were 58% higher than the state average. Discusses financial stress, social isolation, and economic burdens facing farmers and the need for increased access to mental healthcare through telehealth and additional rural services.
Source: Hays Post