Ag Stress

Farming often is listed as one of the most stressful occupations, yet most farmers say they wouldn't trade it for any other job. Stress is normal and can be healthy as it might push us to do things that can promote growth. But, too much acute stress or piled up chronic stress can result in serious physical and emotional problems.

Even under similar circumstances, farm operators vary in the amount of stress they experience. Some people may have many negative stressors, but experience low levels of stress because they have developed effective ways to cope. For other farm men and women,however, pressures may exceed their coping resources and they may show signs of chronic stress. Stress can show itself in physical symptoms, such as headaches or stomach problems, or in emotional symptoms, such as angry outbursts or depression. Behavior changes, like increased smoking, drinking or drug use, also can be a reaction to stress.

Stress that is not managed well can play havoc with the farm family and the farm operation. When stress levels get too high, farmers are more likely to make poor farming decisions and be involved in farm injuries. Relationships between spouses and between parents and children also suffer during stressful times.

The information below can be helpful in identifying stressors, managing rural stress, identifying coping strategies and building a strong farm resource network.

Farm Stress: You're Not Alone Video

Identifying Stress

Should I Be Feeling This Way? - KS Wheat

Understanding Suicide and Depression

Understanding Stress and Depression

Youth Farm Stress

Managing Farm Stress

Managing the Strain of Stress

Ways to Manage Your Stress

12 Tools for your wellness toolbox in times of farm stress

Coping Strategies for Farm Stress

Stress Management for Couples (NDSU Extension)

Stress Management for Farmers and Ranchers (NDSU Extension)

Managing Stress - Tips and Resources

Additional Resources

Mental Health

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Call or text 988 or chat with them online Here

Working with Distressed Clientele (NDSU Extension)

Disasters: Children's Responses and Helping Them Recover

Farm Crisis Center: Offers Disaster, Mental Health, and financial Assistance.

Farm Aid Hotline: (800) 327-6243 M-F 9am-5pm eastern time

Call 988: Statewide 24-hour helpline, health and human services information and referral

988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline Image

Disabilities on the Farm

Kansas AgrAbility: Assist people with disabilities in agriculture

Opioid Assistance

Farm Town Strong: Farmer - to - Farmer support to bring attention and help to those struggling with opioid addiction.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): Helps reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness.

Drug Disposal Location Tool

Fighting the Opioid Epidemic in Farm Country - AFB

Financial Guidance

Farm Analyst Program

Kansas Agriculture Mediation Services

Kansas Farm Management Association