Author Bio

Curt Emanuel has been a Purdue Extension Educator since 1990. At various times he has been an Educator with 4-H Youth, Community Development (CD) and Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) responsibilities. He is currently the Extension Educator, ANR and CD and County Extension Director in Boone County. He is a certified Instructor in Mental Health First Aid, Communicating with Farmers under Stress, and Weathering the Storm in Agriculture. Description: Farming is an inherently dangerous occupation. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, farmers and farm workers experience fatal injuries at a rate nearly seven times that of non-farm civilian occupations. Farming is also chronically plagued with stressors including weather, regulations, input costs, and market prices. Indiana Net farm income has declined 61% since 2013 and commodity prices have not exceeded the break-even point for over four years. This increasing financial strain threatens the livelihood and heritage of our family farms resulting in chronic stress, anxiety, and depression for farm families. This program will provide information on the current financial status of agriculture and how this has resulted in high levels of stress for farmers. It will highlight the need for Farm Stress information and programs and how Purdue Extension has been addressing this issue. Included will be an overview of two Farm Stress programs currently being offered by Purdue Extension and information on bringing them to local communities.