Unique stressors hit agriculturalists, and they’ve been known to hit them hard. Among the most dangerous industries in the United States, farming includes long hours, fatigue, financial pressures, weather, and more. As part of a Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture effort, funded by a USDA Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network (FRSAN) Grant, several free mental wellness and farm stress resources are now available to the Pennsylvania agriculture community.
As a farmer, you and your health are your most important asset. As such, they should be managed like any other business asset.
Whenever there is increased stress on the farm, it’s a good time to recognize escalating stress in yourself, your family, and others in the ag community.
Farmers are doing an incredibly difficult job. And not everyone understands how hard it is sometimes.
Some mental health problems require professional intervention but not all. Try adopting some at-home techniques for handling the stress of harvest season.
It is crucial that the public understands the stress and impact the agriculture industry has on patrons and show this isn’t an easy of life.
Adding windows to commercial animal housing may not be the answer to reducing animal stress anymore. It may be in the lighting. Scientists at ONCE, in conjunction with two major U.S. universities, have found that the addition of an Ultraviolet A (UV-A) spectrum into animal housing lighting reduces stress levels by a significant margin. This […]
Merck Animal Health has tackled the subject of mental illness and stress in the veterinary profession with a first-of-its-kind study. Conducted in collaboration with the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and Merck Animal Health, the study found veterinarians age 45 and younger are more likely to experience serious psychological distress and only 27 percent of […]