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Mental health issues cropping up as financial stress continues on farms
by Tom Meersman, Star Tribune
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18 November 2017
On 18 November 2017 Star Tribune (Minneapolis, Minnesota) reported:
Organic dairy farmer Kevin Stuedemann knows how it feels to be on the verge of calling it quits. After several producers in his area went out of business, Stuedemann's milk buyer ended its contract with him on 30 days' notice because there were no longer enough organic dairies nearby to justify sending a truck. .... Minnesota's farmers are worn down, both financially and emotionally, after nearly half a decade of soft prices that have upended the economics of one of the most important segments of the state's economy. Many have done their best to cut costs, rebalance debt, and stretch out loan payments, but they have also burned through savings and are running on empty. There is no indication that things will get better soon ... Farmers are no strangers to stress. They cope with unpredictable weather, physically demanding work, soaring health insurance costs, and other pressures. But four consecutive years of stagnant prices and barely making a profit -- or losing money -- is difficult to endure. ... For Stuedemann, things seem to have turned around. But some of his neighbors are not so fortunate, he said.
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