A coalition of 36 farm and rural advocacy groups are asking Congress to provide adequate funding for the Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network (FRSAN) in the next farm bill. The 2008 Farm Bill established the network to provide grants to extension services and nonprofit organizations to offer stress assistance programs for those in ag-related occupations. However, the network never received funding. The groups sent a letter to Senate and House Agriculture Committee leadership, noting financial risk, volatile markets, unpredictable weather and heavy workloads can all impact the mental and emotional well-being of farmers.
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