By Tim Kowols
The growing stress of operating a farm is the inspiration for a first-time event for women next month being held by the Kewaunee County UW-Extension. According to a 2016 report by the Centers for Disease Control, people in agriculture have the highest suicide rate among other professional groups. Commodity prices and family obligations are often to blame for women in particular not taking care of themselves according to Kewaunee County UW-Extension Agriculture Educator Aerica Bjurstrom. It is her hope the county’s first Heart of the Farm event on April 11 is the first of many events creating a network of women going through the same struggles in the agriculture industry.
According to the St. Cloud Times, U.S. Rep. Tom Emmer has sponsored a bill to support mental health services, which could be a part of a future, larger Farm Bill. You can learn more about the Heart of Women workshop taking place at the Rendezvous of Luxemburg next month by following this story online.