In so many ways, America, and really the world, has been built on the back of farmers. You may even remember the Chrysler ad from Super Bowl XLVII years ago, featuring Paul Harvey narrating a commercial dedicated to farmers and America’s heartland. (You can view the full-length version here.)
However, rising challenges for farming, such as increasing droughts, mean increasing challenges for farmers. That’s on top of an already challenging trade that affects the livelihoods of farmers, their families, rural areas, and beyond. As such, an overlooked part of farming is the mental health of farmers. And that’s exactly where we start in our latest podcast episode, “Fighting Farmers’ Depression and Food Deserts.”
We begin with Maggie Mullen, a reporter with Wyoming Public Radio, who recently reported about #AgTwitter, a Twitter hashtag that is being used by farmers to talk about mental health. While farming is rooted in so much tradition and history in rural America, Maggie’s report offered interesting insights into how farming is converging with technology.
We then brought in our rural and urban guests, Mike Pearson, co-host of the daily agriculture podcast, Ag News Daily, and Colleen McNichols, who manages the Oak Park Farmers Market on the west side of Chicago. It made for a great discussion about how rural America, urban cities, farming and technology are all converging.
Listen to the episode in its entirety below, with hosts Devan Schwartz, Megan Donis and Alex Warren.
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