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Farm Stress Management

Agricultural Mediation Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Agricultural Mediation Program offers Farm Service Agency (FSA) administered grants to state-designated entities that provide dispute resolution to producers. A trained mediator helps participants review their conflicts to resolve disputes and agree on solutions.

USDA Administrative Fact Sheet Resources to assist farms and ranchers experiencing financial and emotional stress: Financial and Emotional Stress Resources (Southern Region)

To identify resources and expertise available in your respective state, visit this comprehensive resources compiled by the National Agricultural Law Center:

Farm Stress & Mental Health: Where Can You Turn? - National Agricultural Law Center (nationalaglawcenter.org)

Farm Stress Management

Farmers and ranchers know how to take care of their animals and crops, taking careful steps to ensure that they are healthy and safe. Unfortunately, they sometimes don’t take the same care in monitoring and managing their own mental and physical stress and fatigue. In addition to managing their agricultural operation, producers are feeling the stress of dealing with many important issues such as low commodity prices, uncertain farm policy, and increasing input costs. Even long-time producers are finding it more difficult to not only manage their farm/ranch but to manage their personal life on a day-to-day basis, leaving many searching for a way out. We urge anyone who may be feeling tremendous strain to seek out help and hopefully these resources will be of assistance.

National Resources:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – 1-800-273-TALK (8255); https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/; Crisis Text Line:Text “GO” to 741741

Veterans Crisis Line – 800/273-8255, press 1; Find Local Mental Health Treatment Services: 877/7264727

This link includes multiple resources including suicide hotlines – https://www.agriculture.com/mentalhealth

Ag Legacy – How do You Cope With Anxiety and Stress in your Ag Legacy?

Farm Aid – https://www.farmaid.org/our-work/resources-for-farmers/

AgrAbility – www.agrability.org/resources/mental-behavioral-health/