New radio series highlights stress of farming

Published 7:13 pm Thursday, April 4, 2019

Prompted by the many sources of stress currently impacting farmers and ranchers, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and the Red River Farm Network have joined forces to create a new radio series called TransFARMation.

“Farming is a stressful business during the best of times,” Red River Farm Network President Don Wick said. “Agriculture’s financial health is being influenced by tight margins, the trade war, production issues and more. These are all factors where farmers and ranchers have little or no control.”

According to a press release, the series uses farm radio, podcasts, and social media to increase awareness and reduce inhibitions about acknowledging farmer stress while highlighting sources of support.

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“Many people are struggling and they need to know they’re not alone,” said Agriculture Commissioner Thom Petersen. “This is a powerful series — we hear from farmers, ranchers, and others in agriculture talk about some of the strategies and solutions that helped them when things got tough.”

The 60-second prime-time radio stories can be heard on all of Red River Farm Network’s 20 stations throughout Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota starting Monday. In addition, the in-depth podcasts can be found at

TransFARMation is supported by a grant from the Center for Disease Control’s National Institute for Safety and Health, the Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health and by AgCountry Farm Credit Services, Minnesota Corn Growers Association, Minnesota Soybean Growers Association, Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council, North Dakota Corn Growers Association, North Dakota Farmers Union, North Dakota Soybean Council, North Dakota Wheat Commission and Prairie St. John’s.

According to a press release, broadcasts are solely the responsibility of the creators and do not necessarily represent the official views of the CDC, NIOSH or the Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health.

If you or someone you know is struggling with stress, anxiety, depression or other problems, the free and confidential Minnesota Farm & Rural Helpline is available 24 hoursa day, seven days a week at 833-600-2670.