A new CFAES task force is offering help to farmers and their families dealing with the impacts of Ohio’s farming crisis, a crisis fueled by too much rain, low commodity prices, and reduced international demand. Called the Rural and Farm Stress Task Force, the effort involves experts from OSU Extension and Ohio State’s College of Social Work. The aim is to connect farmers and their families with mental-health and other specialists within OSU Extension or the farmers’ communities, no matter where a farmer lives in the state.
Task force members say the hope is to reassure and empower farmers. Dee Jepsen, task force co-chair and OSU Extension state safety leader, said farmers are “resilient, or they wouldn’t be doing the job they’re doing.”