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Supporting Mental Health Resources in the 2023 Farm Bill

September 5, 2023 - The Legal Reader explains "What’s Happening with the 2023 Farm Bill?" in this article.


Author Dawn Allen writes, "In 2018, after dairy farmer Leon Statz lost his battle with depression and ended his life, his wife of 34 years, Brenda, founded the Farmer Angel Network along with several of her friends. Farmers commit suicide at a significantly greater rate than the general population, and between 2000 and 2018, suicide rates in rural communities increased by 48%. The Farmer Angel Network supports a proposal to include permanent funding for the Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network in the farm bill, to provide mental health resources for agricultural producers."


Thank you to Ms. Allen and the Legal Reader for helping us spread the word on the importance of making resources available for our agricultural communities.


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