Pandemic Takes Toll on Rural Mental Health

News / In The News May 7, 2021

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Farmers and ranchers have struggled with access to mental health services during the COVID-19 pandemic. The lack of resources added to the stress and challenges of dealing with unpredictable weather and fluctuating commodity prices.

Removing the stigma of seeking help is important. "If your tractor needed maintenance … you would stop what you're doing and you'd get it working right before you go try and go out in the field," Ray Atkinson, AFBF Director of Communications told People Magazine. "You are the most important piece of equipment on your farm."

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Credit: Nevada Farm Bureau 

An AFBF survey shows that drought is hitting U.S. agriculture hard. Chad Smith has more on the impacts being felt on the ground.

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Credit: President of Klamath-Lake County Farm Bureau Jason Flowers 

The third edition of AFBF’s Assessing Western Drought Conditions survey illustrates many ground-level drought impacts, including expected reduction in yields, removing or destroying orchard trees or multi-year crops, and selling off portions of herds and flocks.

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