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Agriculture can be stressful, but you are not alone.
Agriculture is an occupation full of potential stressors like weather, changing economic markets, animal health and machinery breakdowns. When these start to compound, many farmers experience excessive amounts of stress, making it hard to remain positive and move forward through the hard times.
Due in part to the stresses that are faced, agricultural workers have high rates of suicide. The loss of a spouse, parent, sibling, child or friend can be avoided. If you or someone you know is experiencing excessive stress or thoughts of suicide, please reach out to a confidential crisis support line.
OSU and the Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network is not a crisis center. If you are in need of immediate assistance, reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.
We are inviting you to participate in our research study about work-related stress in the agricultural community. You’re eligible to be in this study because you work in farming or ranching. We are a research team from Cooperative Extension at the University of Nevada, Reno, working in collaboration with Oregon State University Extension Service.
If you decide to participate in this study, you will click on the link below, which will take you to our survey. The survey will require 15 to 20 minutes of your time. We will be providing ten gift cards worth $50 each to randomly selected participants from Oregon as a way of thanking people for participating.
Participating in the survey is completely voluntary and you may skip questions or choose to stop taking the survey at any point. All information that is provided by you will be anonymous, even to the researchers. If you have any questions, please contact one of us at the email address below.
We are using the results of the survey to create programs and materials to help farmers and ranchers lead happier, healthier, less stressful, and more productive and fulfilling lives. We hope that you will participate to help provide us insights on how to create these programs to accomplish such life-improving goals. More information on stress and agriculture can be found on the WRASAP website: https://farmstress.us.
Thank you for considering taking our survey.
Brenda Freeman, Ph.D., LCPC, NCC / Professor and Extension Specialist / University of Nevada, Reno / [email protected]
Lindsay Chichester, Ph.D. / Douglas County Extension Educator / University of Nevada, Reno / [email protected]
Many of the factors that affect agricultural production are largely beyond the control of the producer. Good health, including mental health, is a key factor that contributes to one’s ability to keep farming.
Funded by the USDA Farm & Ranch Stress Assistance Network grant, the WRASAP is composed of lead agencies representing 13 states. We want to make sure that you, your family & people you work with have access to the resources needed, when they are needed.
The Oregon Wheat Growers League is a nonprofit trade association which strives to enhance the productivity and profitability of Oregon wheat growers through communication and education, by providing market assurance, and in conducting stimulating research.