Debunking CDC’s Inaccurate Farmer Suicide Numbers

Farmer Suicide Rates in US
The CDC says farmer suicide rates are high. ( The CDC says farmer suicide rates are high. )

In June, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a study that said farmers have the highest suicide rate of any profession.

It turns out, that’s not quite true. The agency said they made a mathematical error in its calculation. However, the numbers are still high and farmer suicides are a growing concern.

AgDay and U.S. Farm Report national reporter Betsy Jibben talks with Barbara Gulbranson, director of the Suicide Prevention Center at United Health Services in Granger, Ind. And Paul Quinnett, founder and president and QPR Institute about the rates among farmers.