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…

Podcast with Purdue Basketball Coach Matt Painter

Podcast with Purdue Basketball Coach Matt Painter

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. Coach Painter shares how he leads, motivates, and encourages his players to become mentally and physically stronger and develop into well-rounded individuals, and talks about…

Hancock County Farmer Discusses Stress and Mental Health

Jonathan Sparks, Hancock County farmer and Indiana Farm Bureau Board Member talks about some of the unique stressors of farming and how this can impact the mental health of farmers. He says, “Everyone needs a shoulder to lean on occasionally. Well, maybe not everyone, but most. My point to my fellow farmers is talk to…