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Recognizing Symptoms of Stress During Farming Challenges

Updated June 25, 2024
Andrea Bjornestad

Andrea Bjornestad

Associate Professor & SDSU Extension Mental Health Specialist

Farming can be a life full of joy, love, heartache, and challenges. Many aspects of the job are beyond a farmer’s control – market prices, government regulations, drought, and disease outbreak, to name a few. Combined with long hours and financial pressures, farmers can experience high levels of stress.

Stress can impact all aspects of a farmer’s life. Symptoms of stress can differ from person to person. It is important to recognize when you are feeling stressed before the stress becomes chronic.