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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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Planning Tools & Apps

to assist individuals with planning, tasks, and organization.

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month, so we would like to highlight tools to assist individuals with planning on their agriculture operations and in daily life.

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Are Business Plans Necessary for Agriculture Operations?

When applying for funding, grants, or just making management decisions, agriculture producers are asked if they have a business plan.  While business plans are very common in the business world, is it really necessary for a farm or ranch?

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BattleGround to Breaking Ground Starts 5th Cohort

Thirty-five veterans and beginning farmers and ranchers were accepted into the 5th cohort of the BattleGround to Breaking Ground Project.
The 3 day basic training was held at Millican Reserve outside of College Station. 

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Farm and Ranch Tax Tips

As many of us know, tax season can be a very stressful time for a farmer/rancher. There are purchases and sales throughout the year, capital expenditures, credits, and deductions… but how do you make all of this fit together when its time to file your taxes?

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Williamson County Workshop Highlights Farmer Veteran Panel

Texas AgrAbility and the BattleGround to Breaking Ground Project in collaboration with the Williamson County Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Stiles Farm hosted a farm tour and agriculture business workshop in on November 30 & December 1, 2018.

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BattleGround to Breaking Ground and Veteran Farmer Streamlined Eligibility Project Attend Basic Training

The fourth cohort of the BattleGround to Breaking Ground and the Veteran Farmer Streamlined Eligibility pilot project completed their basic training on August 24-26, 2018.

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Managing Stress During the Holidays

The holidays can bring about stress, anxiety, and depression for many people, especially those who live with a mental health condition.  It is very important to give extra attention to your mental health during this time of year.

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Suicide Prevention in Farmers & Ranchers

September is National Suicide Prevention Month. ¬†According to the CDC, suicide rates for farmers are five times higher than the general population. ¬†Although suicide rates have risen in the last 10 years, ” studies have found community support can decrease stress, depression, and suicide,” according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension publication.

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