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The Importance of Mental Health in the Agricultural Community

The Importance of Mental Health in the Agricultural Community

Farmers and ranchers in the U.S. endure long hours of hard physical labor that, according to a recent study from the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, can take both a physical and emotional toll on them. The research highlights key risk factors—such as challenging work conditions, climate change, economic uncertainty and government regulations—that affect farmers’ mental health.

American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall spoke to Guideposts.org about the physical and mental health risks that impact agricultural communities, the stigmas surrounding mental illness and the work his organization is doing to support this community through the Farm State of Mind campaign.  For more, please click here.



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