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Wisconsin Ag Department's Farm Center Awarded Funds to Provide Mental Health Resources for Farmers

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2021 -- 11:00 AM

(Wisconsin Ag Connection) The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture's Farm Center was awarded $500,000 from the USDA's Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network to promote, develop and increase stress management and mental health resources for Wisconsin farmers.

According to the Wisconsin Ag Connection, the investment is in addition to the $100,000 included in the last state budget, which was used to establish a 24 hour hotline, counseling vouchers, and farmers' mental health support groups.

The agency will use the funding to promote stress management and mental health programming for Wisconsin farmers by creating, printing, and distributing outreach materials.

It will also adapt existing farm management, financial, and mental health resources into formats that are more easily accessible by Hmong and Latinx farmers.

Meanwhile, DATCP will work with various groups to help distribute the resources, such as the University of Wisconsin-Madison's College of Agricultural and Life Sciences and Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service.

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