Taking care of crops and animals is hard on farmers and agribusiness professionals. Caring for your own health and wellness in this high-stress profession is often overlooked but is just as critical as caring for your farm business.

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Farm Stress Text Message Program for Farmers

From weather to equipment breakdowns, a lot of things can cause stress. Researchers at MSU Extension are conducting a research study to learn more about struggles Michigan farmers experience and what types of information may help.

Farmers know how to take care of their animals and crops, taking careful steps to ensure they are healthy and safe, yet farmers may need support and encouragement to tend to their own mental and physical stress and fatigue. Stress becomes especially intense when an on-farm injury occurs, commodity prices are low or natural disasters decrease yield. 

Whether these stresses come from a financial issue or the stresses of everyday life, MSU Extension can help. If you’re concerned about yourself, a family member, a friend or a neighbor MSU Extension has resources and educators that can help you identify and manage stress.

MSU Extension provides trusted, evidence-based education and expertise in:

Resilient Farms: Financial & Management Guides

Resilient Minds: Managing Stress on the Farm

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Our Impact


learned how to recognize signs of depression, suicide and mental illness


improved understanding of current agricultural financial situation


participants from 23 states attended the Farm Stress Management Summit


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