“Occupational factors such as poor access to quality health care, isolation, and financial stress interact with life factors to continue to place farmers at a disproportionately high risk for suicide,” stated study co-author Corinne Peek-Asa, professor of occupational and environmental health in the UI College of Public Health
May is Mental Health Awareness Month. We would like to highlight not only the prevalence of mental illness, but methods to assess your mental health and get support for mental illness.
It is no secret that farming and ranching is a stressful occupation. With April being National Stress Awareness Month, we would like to bring awareness to stress in farming and ranching, how it impacts the farm and family, and how to get help.
Farmers and ranchers dedicate most of their time to caring for the well-being of their land, crops, and livestock. Unfortunately they do not devote the same care to their own physical and mental health.
Farmers, fisherman, and forestry workers have the highest suicide rate of any occupation at 85 per 100,000 individuals each year, in a 2016 study by the Center for Disease Control. With suicide rates at an all time high in the farming and ranching industry, it is imperative that the farming and ranching community make mental health a priority.
Farmers carry the burden of financial stress, herd health and disease, crop losses, budgeting, climate change, government policy, and long hours just to name a few. Farmers are also reluctant to seek help, which makes treating mental health in farmers and ranchers more difficult. There are a few key signs to look for in an over-stressed individual.
The National AgrAbility Project hosted a webinar with Captain Guy Zierk, Marine Corps Wounded Warrior Regiment on December 2, 2015.
This session will begin by dispelling the myths and defining PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) and other injuries associated with war. Participants will then learn how to navigate the VA (Veteran Administration) and learn how they can help veterans to transition into farming.
Source: National AgrAbility Virtual Training Workshop 2015
PTSD is a very common disorder that many people suffer from every day.
The Battleground to Breaking Ground: A Transformational Journey workshop was held in Laredo, Texas on October 15, 2016. The event was hosted at Texas A&M International University, where over 35 attendees gathered to hear speakers on topics ranging from business planning to funding sources. View Full Article
Source: AgriLife Today
Fence building, live cattle working and Brush Busters are among several demonstrations planned for the Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course scheduled Aug. 3-5 at Texas A&M University in College Station.
All demonstrations will be Aug. 5 at various locations, and will begin at 8:30 a.m. and conclude at noon.
Registration is $180 per person before July 30 or $220 afterwards. It includes educational materials, a copy of the 600-page Beef Cattle Short Course proceedings, trade show admittance, admission to the prime rib dinner, lunches, breakfasts and daily refreshments.
Register Online: http://beefcattleshortcourse.com/
KETK of Tyler, Texas covers the story of how Texas AgrAbility enabled Walter Potts to stay engaged in farming and allowed Maya Chavanne to start a new bucking bull business.
“Tim Smith tells the story of how Texas AgrAbility assisted him with getting a new tractor, modifying it to his needs, and enabling him to take charge of his organic agricultural operation.”
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