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Email Last Updated Jun 29, 3: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has notified CBS News that there are errors in the data used in its widely cited study on suicides and occupations.
While a new analysis is not yet available, the CDC says the initial study over-stated the incidence of suicide in the "farming, fishing and forestry" occupational category and under-stated it in other categories. It's not yet known how much. We have updated this story to reflect the CDC's uncertainty of the figures, and will update again once the CDC releases its corrected analysis.
It remains the case that suicide rates are much higher in rural counties than in suburban or urban counties. The unequal economy that's emerged over the past decade, combined with erratic weather and patchy access to health care in rural areas, have had a severe impact on the people growing America's food.
This year, the average farm's income is projected to be 35 percent below its level. Longtime farm advocates see parallels between today's situation and the farm crisis of the s, when many U. Today, she said, "I think it's actually worse.
Inthe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published a widely cited study, now retracted, pointing to high rates of suicide among agriculture workers. However, suicide is much more prevalent in rural areas than in urban ones, according to other CDC studies.
Between andsuicide increased in almost every state, with the largest increases in Western states. The link between farm failures and suicide has been demonstrated outside the U. As America's trading partners slap tariffs on U. Meanwhile, the Federal Reserve's gradual raising of interest rates threatens the financing for many smaller farms.
As we're looking at increasing interest rates, this is going to exacerbate financial vulnerability," Knudson said.
Unreliable finances are a major reason why three-quarters of farmers must rely on non-farm income, often from a second job. Health insurance access is another. Health care and mental health services can be critical, Knudson said, particularly in rural areas, where medical care may be scarce.
The farm bill that passed the House last week threatens to undo that, she said, because it allows for health insurance to sell plans that exclude mental health coverage. Such programs are even more crucial today, said Fahy, because many publicly funded programs that were created in the wake of the s farm crisis have been chipped away over the years.
She pointed to Minnesota, where a suicide hotline closed earlier this month after a budget dispute between the legislature and the governor. However, she added, "When there are steps in place to address the root cause, which is usually financial and legal, the stress becomes manageable.Mar 13, · As the country imports ever more of its fruits and vegetables, it’s time to examine the positive and negative effects on consumers and farmers.
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site were originally posted many years ago but they still provide some of the most relevant and germinal analysis available. 30’s. During the Great Depression, Farmers was one of the few companies able to pay customers’ claims in cash instead of IOUs.
Farmers agents and district managers were among the many who marched in parades across the nation in support of the National Recovery Act.
National Farmers Union (officially Farmers Educational and Cooperative Union of America) is a national federation of state Farmers Union organizations in the United States. It is the second largest general farm organization in the country, after Farm Bureau. The US farmer suicide crisis echoes a much larger farmer suicide crisis happening globally: an Australian farmer dies by suicide every four days; in the UK, one farmer a week takes his or her own life; in France, one farmer dies by suicide every two days; in India, more than , farmers have died by suicide since