University of Minnesota Extension has created a new task force to deal with farm stress and mental health issues. Extension Dean Bev Durgan says work has already been underway, but “I felt it was time to have a more focused effort.” Extension’s Rapid Agricultural Response Fund is being used for this work. Durgan says internal training is also underway to help Extension staff regarding mental health issues. Extension Livestock Educator Emily Wilmes has been appointed to a half-time position as the task force director.
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