Impact of COVID-19 on Agriculture

President Duvall Appears on Shark Farmer Podcast: Encourages Farmers to Talk About Mental Health

News / In The News March 11, 2020

The Shark Farmer podcast featured AFBF President Zippy Duvall talking about Farm Bureau’s efforts to help farmers who are experiencing stress and mental health issues — either directly or by having a friend or family member in distress. Host Rob Sharkey is an Illinois farmer. Listen here.

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Behind every devastating drop in cattle, corn, ethanol and other crop futures, there are farm and ranch families with suddenly shaky futures.

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From dairy farmers with nowhere to send their milk and cattle ranchers reeling from plummeting beef prices, the impact of the coronavirus is rippling through farm country. Corn, cotton and soybean futures have tumbled, ethanol plants have been idled, and some fruit and vegetable farmers are finding their best option is leaving produce in the field.

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