The National Farmers Union is urging USDA to proactively address farmer and rancher stress. In a letter to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, NFU President Roger Johnson urged the Department to “develop a response to the farm suicide crisis.” Johnson noted that financial risk, volatile markets, unpredictable weather, social isolation and heavy workloads can all place significant strain farmers’ and ranchers’ emotional well-being. Farmers Union is proposing USDA develop training materials to help Farm Service Agency personnel better identify and respond to the signs of stress.
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