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'Hopeful Forecasting': Farmers Showing Increased Interest in Mental Health Resources

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“We used to not be able to get even a handful of farmers to sit in a room to talk about stress, anxiety, or mental well-being at a meeting, conference, or convention,” Jessica Cabrera, AFBF managing director of member engagement told The Rural Monitor. “Now, we are seeing farmers fill the room when we host sessions on this topic. At our most recent national leadership conference, we hosted 3 sessions related to mental health and wellness and all of them were well attended, sometimes standing room only.”