The focus of this year’s Ag Safety Awareness Week is mental health. The U of M’s Jeff Bender says in addition to avian influenza a number of other issues have come into play:

“In the past year we’ve had trade issues, so there is clearly the financial hardships and uncertainty. We’ve had significant weather events that have created some problems. And also in rural communities, there is the issue of social isolationisms.”

Bender says if you see signs of a farmer struggling reach out to them.