Agriculture groups are coming together to help farmers and ranchers manage stress. Farm Credit, American Farm Bureau Federation and National Farmers Union are partnering on a program to recognize signs of stress for individuals who work with farmers and ranchers. “Loan officers are on farms working with producers every day, and they see firsthand how this difficult farm economy is causing emotional stress for farmers and their families,” says Farm Credit Council CEO Todd Van Hoose. AFBF President Zippy Duvall adds, “Farm Bureau is a family, and when a member is hurting, we all feel it and are eager to help. But we may not always know how to spot the warning signs that someone is overwhelmed.” The training is a combination of online and in-person sessions and based on the farm stress program developed by Michigan State University Extension. “By training trusted neighbors and friends to recognize and address stress, this program will bring help closer and make it more accessible when farmers really need it,” said NFU President Roger Johnson.
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