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NIFA Celebrates AgrAbility’s 30 Year Anniversary

For 30 years Texas AgrAbility has been making it possible for individuals with disabilities to work in their chosen profession of agriculture. Since beginning in 1990 the program has supported over 18,000 farmers and ranchers!

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Photo Credit: USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture

Check out the full story here

What Does Veterans Day Mean to You?

“What Does Veterans Day Mean to You?”

Each year on November 11, our nation comes together to celebrate the military members and veterans who have so bravely served our country. We asked our team members to reflect on what this holiday means to them, and invite you to do the same. Some of these individuals have family members that serve; others have served themselves. Regardless of their personal stories, all of them believe this is an important day to thank and celebrate those who fight to keep us safe.

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How You Can Educate Yourself and Others During National Suicide Prevention Month

September is National Suicide Prevention Month. Below are the main three ways you can educate yourself and others on suicide awareness and prevention efforts.

Photo of tractor in bare soil field.  Reads "Increasing the number of individuals who are aware of he prevalence of suicide and are knowledgeable of the resources available to those in crisis is crucial to suicide prevention efforts."

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Managing Farm Related Stress and Depression

Authored by: Victoria Walsh

Working on a farm may sound idyllic, but statistics show, agricultural workers are, in fact, more likely to suffer from extreme stress and depression than others in related industries.

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Pressures of rural life can negatively impact mental health. With levels of stress and depression in the farming industry increasing year on year and suicide rates in agricultural workers among the highest in any related occupational group, mental ill-health signs must be spotted early for treatment to be effective. [continue reading…]

Women Migrant Workers in the US

Think of a migrant worker? What came to mind? Was it a young man who travels abroad to find jobs in agriculture, construction, restaurants, or some other field of interest? I bet you (and I’m not a betting gal) that you didn’t think of a woman. I could definitely be wrong (this happens quite often) but women are increasingly becoming more and more a part of the migrant farmworker population.

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Women in Food and Agriculture

March is Women’s History Month! We celebrate the women in this field, entrepreneurs, business owners, researchers, farmers, and stewards of the land, who have been referred to as “the backbone of the world’s food systems” by Foodtank.com.

Sarah Small of Foodtank.com gives homage to 25 women in food and agriculture who are reshaping food systems around the world. Check them out here, Women We Love: 25 Influential Women in Food and Agriculture.

February is American Heart Month!!

February is American Heart Month and promotes women’s heart health. Did you wear your red on February 3rd? Each year this day is dedicated to raising awareness for heart disease in women. Heart disease and stroke cause death in 1 out of 3 women each year, that is almost one woman every 80 seconds!

The health needs of women in Agriculture may be overlooked. Despite the fact that 31% of all American farmers are women, in 2018, Successful Farming claimed that health and safety education for the Agriculture population is most often aimed at men. See the article on this topic written by Lisa Foust Prater 

See the story here: Health Needs of Women in Ag Overlooked

COVID 19 and the Risks to Farmworkers

There is an estimated two to three million farmworkers who are employed throughout the United States. Their labor brings the nation fruit, vegetables, and other crops.

COVID-19 has exacerbated the already marginalized and substandard conditions farmworkers face, not even to mention the myriad of health and other issues they may be experiencing.

Farmworker Justice, “a nonprofit organization that seeks to empower migrant and seasonal farmers to improve their living and working conditions, immigration status, health, occupational safety, and access to justice”, has extraordinary resources and information that will be featured here on the Texas AgrAbility Blog.

One recent post, speaks of the COVID-19 policy decisions and the risk to farmworkers. For more information click here

Farm Stress During the Holidays

The holidays are known as a happy time for gift giving and holiday cheer, but for many farmers and ranchers, the end of the year brings with it an oversupply of stress.  Uncertainty of the future, winter farm tasks, taxes, determining profits and losses, and providing gifts for the family all pile up.  Your mental health is just as important as the health of your crops, livestock, and business, so it is important to take time to manage your stress during this season.

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National Suidcide Prevention Awareness Month

We are two weeks into September but it is not too late to mention that this month is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. With all that is going on in this world, we would be remiss to not provide resources. Please check out The Texas Agriculture Law’s Blog and see some of the free mental health and rural America discussions they will have this month. I plan to attend as many as possible so I can begin to build a foundation for how I might support myself and others. Please click on the link to explore Texas Agriculture Law Blog on National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month


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