Taking time to talk is a good way to relieve the isolation that most ag workers experience during the workday.
Farmers and ranchers are resilient problem solvers. They can turn challenges into success with methodical solutions in the face of adversity. While farm work is rewarding, it also comes with a high level of stress.
Research over the years has brought attention to occupational stress and mental health within the ag industry. Conversations on the topic are more common these days, with more resources and assistance available for farmers and ranchers.
Brittney Schrick, assistant professor and family life specialist for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, says, “When it comes down to it, you (the farmer) are the most important resource on your farm. Taking care of your body, mind, and spirit are all investments in your operation.”