It’s been a tough year in Minnesota agriculture, and the University of Minnesota’s Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center is aiming to help farmers under stress connect with mental health services. Spokesman Bruce Alexander says farmers are often reluctant to reach out for help, and…

“It’s particularly important for people to be really vigilant and be aware of changes in individuals in the farming, agriculture community that you interact with.”

A recent study from the American Farm Bureau Federation shows more than 90-percent of farmers say financial issues impact their mental health. And less than half of those surveyed say it’s easy to access mental health services in their area. For more information on mental health resources, you can visit umash.umn.edu.