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News by Topic: Farmers and farmworkers

In Occupation Where Stress Is Ample, Farmers Have Few Options for Mental Health Care
Jan 16, 2018 - Discusses the impacts of the limited access many Minnesota farmers have to mental healthcare services. With high suicide rates among farmers, this lack of access coupled with increased access to firearms can be catastrophic. Also touches on efforts to address this issue, including 24-hour crisis lines and reducing stigma.
Source: Minnesota Public Radio
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HRSA: National Advisory Council on Migrant Health Federal Register
Jan 8, 2018 - The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is seeking nominations for voting members to fill eight vacancies on the National Advisory Council on Migrant Health (NACMH), which makes recommendations to the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services on issues concerning migrant health centers. Nominees must be board members of a migrant health center or other entity funded under section 330 of the Public Health Service Act, and familiar with the delivery of primary care to migratory and seasonal agricultural workers and their families. Additionally, five nominees must also be patients of the entities they represent. Nominations are accepted on a continuous basis.
Source: Federal Register
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Secretary Perdue Presents Agriculture and Rural Prosperity Task Force Report to President Trump
Jan 8, 2018 - Includes USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue's statement on the Interagency Task Force on Agricultural and Rural Prosperity's Report, which was presented to President Trump at the 2018 American Farm Bureau Annual Convention. Also touches on the key indicators of rural prosperity as identified by this task force: E-Connectivity, Quality of Life, Rural Workforce, Technology, and Economic Development.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
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Farm Groups Launch ‘Farm Town Strong’ Campaign to Address Rural Opioid Epidemic
Jan 3, 2018 - Announcement from the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) and the National Farmers Union (NFU) about their efforts to address the impact of the opioid epidemic on farmers, farm workers, and farm communities. A recent survey found that less than 50% of rural Americans say that they or their friends or family have been directly impacted by opioid abuse, while 74% of farmers and farm workers say that they or their friends or family have been directly impacted.
Source: Farm Bureau
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