The physical and emotional toll of these circumstances are feeding a growing incidence of depression and anxiety among farmers, as evidenced in the results of a poll commissioned by the American Farm Bureau Federation.
Corn and soybean producers aren’t the only ones feeling the squeeze of wet weather. Cattle and dairy producers are left wondering what this means for their access to feed, and how soon they should lock in inventory.
Farming is stressful—this year proves challenging for even experienced farmers. However, it’s important for you, friends and family to remember that stress on the farm should be just that—stress on the farm.
As the various factors in agriculture weighs on producers, conversations surrounding mental health and suicide awareness are becoming more common, as experts and others try to remove the stigma around mental health.
The cold, wet weather pattern won't seem to budge, but things could be turning around. Meteorologist Mike Hoffman says his 90-day forecast looks promising, especially for April, just in time for spring planting.