The agriculture community faces unique challenges, and may find themselves impacted by trade wars, natural disasters, low commodity prices, disease, labor shortages, and drought.
These stressors can weigh heavily on farmers and ranchers and even their family members.
According to the American Farm Bureau Federation, financial challenges, farm or business problems and the fear of losing the farm are top contributors to farmers’ mental health. Cost, embarrassment, and stigma often prevent farmers from seeking help or treatment for a mental health condition.
To help farmers and ranchers in coping with the stress and demands that are unique to their industry, Wyoming 211 has partnered with the Wyoming Department of Agriculture and the Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network to provide information and referral to resources and services that may assist farmers and ranchers in need of support or assistance. Wyoming 211 is able to provide patience, compassion, information to make them aware of all the tools available to them.
The AgriStress Helpline for Wyoming is another resource for farmers and ranchers to reach out to trained professionals and get the assistance they need. Although making a call to the Helpline may feel outside of one’s comfort zone, you can break the stigma. The AgriStress Helpline for Wyoming provides that access to care to a vital population that often holds their burdens and worries in silence.
Live support with the AgriStress Helpline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
If you are experiencing negative feelings or know someone who is, we encourage you to talk about it and seek treatment.
Whether you are a new farmer just getting started or a seasoned rancher in business for decades, these programs can assist in getting the support you need to be successful. Locate programs which provide financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers, including loans, grants, and more.
- Migrant Farmworkers Assistance Fund
- FLAG Farmers Legal Action Group Disaster Assistance & Risk Management
- Wyoming Stock Growers Endowment Trust
- FSA Administered Loan Programs
- Drought Assistance Programs
- Farm Credit Services of America Grants
- USDA Wyoming Rural Development
- Ambrook Wyoming Agricultural Funding Resource List
- Benefits.gov Agriculture and Environmental Sustainability Benefit Programs
- SARE Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Grants
Mental Health Services
Mental health is vital to the overall health and wellness of our agriculture community. Mental health and physical health are dependent on one another. Thus, productivity in agriculture requires a sound mind and body. When one or both are working properly, agriculture production and the work you do suffers. Services are available to assist farmers and ranchers with coping with the stresses and demands of their industries. Learn about services such as telehealth, self-care, and signs & symptoms to be aware of.
- National Suicide Prevention Hotline
- Wyoming Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment Services
- Wyoming Office of Rural Health
- Stress Management Tips for Farmers and Ranchers
- Stress Management on the Farm (YouTube video)
- Opioid Misuse in Rural America
- When Do You Need To See a Counselor?
- Stronger Together - Resources for Helping Someone in Emotional Pain
- Man Therapy - Resources for Men
- AgriSafe's Total Farmer Health Program
- AgWell Support Systems
- Farm Stress Management Training Course
- National Agricultural Law Center List of Wyoming AG Mental Health Resources and Hotlines
- Rural Health Information Hub
- Rural Minds Mental Health Information and Resources
- Wyoming Telehealth Information and Resources
Looking for guidance and support you need to start or grow your farm, ranch or other form of agribusiness, for innovative ideas on how to partner with leaders in the state with your agriculture production, or needing to freshen up on your education? Locate resources for all this and more.
- Wyoming Coalition Against Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault
- Farm Service Agency - Wyoming Office
- Farm Crisis Center
- Farmer Resource Network
- Wyoming Centennial Farm & Ranch Program
- Wyoming Stock Growers Association Scholarships & Internships
- UW College of Agricultural and Natural Resources
- CSU College of Agricultural Sciences
- Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation
- Wyoming Business Council - Grown In Wyoming
- Wyoming Hunger Initiative - Food from the Farm and Ranch Program
- Wyoming Leadership Education and Development Adult Education Program for Aspiring Agricultural Leaders
- Laramie County Community College Agriculture and Equine Program
- Indeed - Wyoming Agriculture Jobs
Advocacy and Mediation
When state and government decisions have potentially serious impacts to the work farmers and ranchers are doing, mediation and advocacy are ways that you can have your voice heard and to get assistance in settling disputes. Mediation and advocacy are proven methods that results in positive outcomes and successes for the agriculture industry.
Discover services available to farmers and ranchers to help them find the resources they need to access new markets, transition to more sustainable and profitable farming practices, and survive natural disasters.
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- Find Local Farmers Markets
- Tips for Wintering Cattle
- Environmental Stewardship Program
- Conservation Opportunities for Wyoming Private Landowners
- Obtaining H-2A Visas for Temporary or Seasonal Need
- Wyoming Livestock Roundup News and Information
- UW Extension Agricultural Publications
- Wyoming Rural Electric Association
- Farm Flavor online magazine - Wyoming Agriculture
- Wyoming Department of Agriculture Farm to School Resource Guide
- Barnyards & Backyards - Living Better on Your Acreage
- U.S. Drought Monitor