In this week's #FarmBillFriday, Rep. Tom Emmer (MN-6) underscores the impact depressed commodity prices and drops in net farm income have had on the lives of farmers and ranchers across the country. The STRESS Act, a measure he introduced, is included in the 2018 Farm Bill and will help address the mental and emotional strains of farming against the backdrop of today's down farm economy.
Rep. Emmer said [in part]:
This isn’t just an occupation, it’s a way of life. Right now farmers, ranchers, and agricultural workers across the country are looking to Congress for a strong farm bill.
Because life on the farm isn’t what it used to be. Today, farmers are suffering some of the worst rates of suicide in the nation. Stress to make ends meet, social isolation, downturn of the market, low farm income, regulatory strains, and lack of treatment options all make it hard for farmers to get the help they need.
That is why I introduced legislation to boost resources specifically for farmer’s mental health. With the support of Chairman Conaway and the House Agriculture Committee, I am proud to report help is on the way.
Our farmers who feed the world are feeling the weight of the world on their shoulders. It’s time we get them the help and care they deserve.