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Rural Resilience: Farm Stress Training
This free course is a new online course designed to make mental health care more accessible for farmers and rural communities in the United States.
Course Developed by:
Michigan State University Extension and University of Illinois Extension
Course Sponsored by:
Farm Credit, American Farm Bureau Federation, and National Farmers Union
Mental Health Bills Going through US Congress
Seeding Rural Resilience Act
This bill directs the Department of Agriculture (USDA) to implement a public service announcement campaign to address the mental health of farmers and ranchers, including television, radio, print, outdoor, and digital public service announcements.
CONNECT for Health Act of 2019
This bill expands coverage of telehealth services under Medicare.
Created by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and the Red River Farm Network, this podcast series is just dedicated to mental health with a focus on farm life.
Farmer Mental Health Resources are expanding at the University of Illinois
How is this possible?
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), through the Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network (FRSAN) grant program, awarded nearly $7.2 million in investment funding for the North Central Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Center (NCFRSAC). This is part of the same network doing Rural Resilience: Farm Stress Training also mentioned on this page.
What’s going to grow?
The NCFRSAC network will use that money for farm telephone hotlines and websites. They will also use it to develop and maintain training and resources for farmers and others in the agriculture industry.