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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Opioid Misuse In The Agricultural Community

Blog post written by Thomas Consiglio, Addiction Campuses

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Farmers and ranchers are disproportionately affected by the opioid crisis. Older adults in these communities are particularly at-risk. With jobs in rural areas frequently involving physical labor, many residents suffer from ailments that require pain management.

As an effective tool that blocks pain receptors in the brain, opioids have helped Americans cope with discomfort and chronic pain for decades. Although opioids are the most commonly prescribed medication in the United States, they put farmers and rural residents at-risk.

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Celebrating Black History!

February has been designated as the month to celebrate African-Americans and their contribution to society. African American farmers have contributed immensely to the field and life of Agriculture. There have been several inventions, ideas, and practices that have increased the efficiency and productivity of farmers across the world. For example, George Washington Carver, an agricultural scientist, inventor, and educator developed a crop rotation method to enhance soil that was depleted of nitrogen so that it produced crops other than cotton.

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George Washington Carver

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Lung Cancer Awareness Month and Farmers Health

With November being Lung Cancer Awareness Month, we often find ourselves reading content that discusses more common lung ailments; however, when it comes to farming, a particular type of cancer that targets the agricultural community is mesothelioma. This cancer primarily affects the lungs and is caused by exposure to a dangerous carcinogen known as asbestos.

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Veterans Day 2019: Quotes and inspiration to honor those who served

Today, we honor those who serve and served in the U.S. armed forces. While it is vital we always honor and respect those that keep us safe during times of war and peace, today is a special day where we recognize these individuals for all they do. Scroll down to view some of the best quotes, inspiration, and remembrances in honor of Veterans Day 2019.

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Additional Tips to Manage Stress During the Holidays

November brings with it, thoughts of family, friends and yummy foods! These thoughts are accompanied by the whirlwind of gift-giving, holiday parties and several other celebratory activities that seem to begin even before Halloween and will continue into the beginning of the new year.

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Seguin Ag Workshops highlight Veteran Farmers and Ranchers

Texas AgrAbility and BattleGround to Breaking Ground hosted two workshops in Seguin, Texas on June 28th and 29th.

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Mental Health Resources for Farmers and Ranchers

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Mental health is a serious concern for the farmer rancher population. Access to healthcare, financial crisis, adverse weather conditions, and the stigma around mental health issues all contribute to these concerns.

Mental health issues affects 1 in 5 individuals. This means people in your community, family, and where you work are dealing with this on a daily basis. We have included some tools and resources to help break the stigma and offer support of mental health care.

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Helpful Gardening Tools and Equipment

April 16th is National Gardening Day. According to the National Gardening Association (NGA), 1 out of 3 of households in the US grow food in a garden. Whether in a backyard garden, community garden, or in an urban setting, the number of gardeners in the US is on the rise.

There are numerous tools and equipment to assist individuals in the garden. Whether you are dealing with injury, a health condition, arthritis, etc. or you would like to prevent injuries from over-use, there are tools and equipment available for your needs.

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