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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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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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