Farm Stress Management

Farmers and ranchers know how to take care of their animals and crops, taking careful steps to ensure that they are healthy and safe. Unfortunately, they don’t take the same care in monitoring and managing their own mental and physical stress and fatigue. In addition to managing their agricultural operation, producers are feeling the stress of dealing with many important issues such as low commodity prices, uncertain farm policy, and increasing input costs. Even long-time producers are finding it more difficult to not only manage their farm/ranch but to manage their personal life on a day-to-day basis, leaving many searching for a way out. The Northeast Center has been researching available services in each state and will post them on this page as they become available. We urge anyone who may be feeling tremendous strain to seek out help and hopefully these resources will be of assistance.

National Resources:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – 1-800-273-TALK (8255); suicidepreventionlifeline.org/GetHelp/LifelineChat.aspx; Crisis Text Line: Text “GO” to 741741;

Veterans Crisis Line – 800/273-8255, press 1; Find Local Mental Health Treatment Services: 877/726‑4727

eXtension – https://articles.extension.org/pages/70313/production-agriculture-and-stress

This link includes multiple resources including suicide hotlines – https://www.agriculture.com/mentalhealth

Farm Aid – https://www.farmaid.org/our-work/resources-for-farmers/

AgrAbility – www.agrability.org/resources/mental-behavioral-health/

Regional Resources:

Maine – https://extension.umaine.edu/agrability/solutions-and-resources/mental-health/

Maryland – https://extension.umd.edu/farmstressmanagement/managing-farm-related-stress

New York – https://www.nyfarmnet.org/how-we-can-help/

Pennsylvania: Center for Dairy Excellence – http://centerfordairyexcellence.org/stress-management-resources/

Vermont – https://agriculture.vermont.gov/producer_partner_resources/farmer_wellness