Purdue Extension Partnering with ISDA and IRHA on a Farm Stress and Mental Health Grant

Purdue Extension Partnering with ISDA and IRHA on a Farm Stress and Mental Health Grant

The Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) was recently awarded a $500,000 grant from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network.  ISDA is partnering with Purdue Extension and the Indiana Rural Health Association (IRHA) to reduce mental health stigma and connect individuals engaged in agriculture-related occupations to existing…

Podcast: Using Technology to Connect With Mental health Services While Maintaining Your Privacy

Today’s farmers weather more stress than ever before. Our podcasts seek to share important information, tools, and hope through interviews with experts in agriculture and special guests from Purdue University. Nathaan Demers has lived and worked in small towns and rural areas, and knows keeping your privacy while seeking mental health services can be difficult.…

Podcast: Farm Stress from the Youth Perspective

Podcast: Farm Stress from the Youth Perspective

Today’s farmers weather more stress than ever before. Our podcasts seek to share important information, tools, and hope through interviews with experts in agriculture and special guests from Purdue University. After seeing farm stress impact her community, high school student and western Boone County FFA Chapter President Jaden Maze decided she wanted to help. Jaden…

Podcast: A Conversation with Zippy Duvall

Podcast: A Conversation with Zippy Duvall

Today’s farmers weather more stress than ever before. Our podcasts seek to share important information, tools, and hope through interviews with experts in agriculture and special guests from Purdue University. American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall shares why he is optimistic for the future of farming and how to get more involved with the…

COVID-19 Taking Heavy Toll on Farmers’ Mental Health

According to a recent American Farm Bureau Federation Poll, a strong majority of farmers and farmworkers say the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted their mental health. More than half of respondents say they are personally experiencing more mental health challenges than they were a year ago. See this link for the full article from the American…

Podcast: Keeping Pace on the “Technology Treadmill” and Other Farm Stressors

Podcast: Keeping Pace on the “Technology Treadmill” and Other Farm Stressors

Today’s farmers weather more stress than ever before. Our podcasts seek to share important information, tools, and hope through interviews with experts in agriculture and special guests from Purdue University. Dr Joe Molnar, Professor of Agricultural Economics in Rural Sociology, discusses his research on stress specific to farmers and shares resources and ideas to better…

Podcast: A Conversation with Angela Sorg about Farm Stress

Podcast: A Conversation with Angela Sorg about Farm Stress

Today’s farmers weather more stress than ever before. Our podcasts seek to share important information, tools, and hope through interviews with experts in agriculture and special guests from Purdue University. Angela Sorg is a Purdue Extension Health and Human Sciences Educator with Purdue Extension with over 20 years’ experience as a Mental Health professional. She…

Communicating with Farmers Under Stress

Farming is a challenging and often stressful occupation – even without the added uncertainty created by COVID this year. Statistics show it is also very dangerous. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, farmers and farm works experience fatal injuries at a rate nearly seven times that of non-farm civilian occupations. Farming is also…