05-15-20 NAFB Series “Focus on Mental Health” #5 of 5: A Farmers Perspective, Managing Farm Stress

Pork Checkoff Series “Focus on Mental Health” #4 of 5: A Farmers Perspective, Managing Farm Stress

The BARN – Thayer, MO / Briggsdale, CO – May 15, 2020 – When we have a cold, we go see a doctor. When the cattle are sick, you call a veterinarian. But, when it comes to emotional well-being, we tend to keep those issues close to our chest. Today, farmers are facing enormous amounts of stress, from trade issues, low prices, and now, the impacts from COVID-19, including lost demand, negative cash flows, and for some, depopulation of animals.

The BARN’s Samantha Munson has this Pork Checkoff special report featuring Minnesota farmer Bob Worth who is eager to talk about that topic, because he’s been there. Taking over the family farm in the early 1980’s, he soon found himself navigating a stressful time in agriculture…

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Audio provided as a service to farm broadcasters by the NAFB in association with the National Pork Board. This is the first of five stories in a series developed by the NAFB News Service on farmer stress and mental health. A new story will be posted each day this week as they become available…