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Authored by Nicole Nunoo, Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Agricultural Leadership and Community Education, Virginia Tech; Garland Mason, AgrAbility Program Coordinator, Department of Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education, Virginia Tech; Kim Niewolny, Associate Professor and AgrAbility Program Director, Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education, Virginia Tech; and Kim Morgan, Associate Professor, Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Virginia Tech

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The farm economy is in crisis, and farmers are under immense stress. Due to the often volatile and unpredictable nature of farming, farmers, particularly minority farmers, encounter various threats. These threats can be classified under social (family, community), economic (land loss, financial stress), political (systemic discrimination, racism, policy), and environmental (droughts, floods, pest infestation) and often affects the mental health and general well-being of farmers (Braun, & Pippidis, 2020). As noted, farm financial situations cause stress, depression, and with limited mental health professionals, farmers are likely to take drastic measures in addressing their mental health and well-being. Not only do these measures determine the health of the farm, business, or operation – they affect the health of the farmer and his/her/their family. For these reasons, we present this document to assist farmer and farm families in detecting early signs of farmer stress and to aid in managing farm finances. Personal and farm finance resources and tools are provided at the end.


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Publication Date

May 24, 2021