Iowa Expanding Farmer Mental Health Support Programs

Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship has been awarded a $500,000 grant through the USDA NIFA “Farm and Ranch Assistance Network” to expand farmer mental health support programs in the state. The Department will partner with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach to help raise awareness about mental health and wellness resources and help make them more accessible to farmers and rural communities. Through this grant, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach staff will offer community outreach and programming to individuals involved in agriculture and those who support them. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will also conduct facilitator training for programs focused on strengthening families. Farmer resource packets will be available with information on how to access stress assistance, wellness, and family-finance programming.