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How government, industry can assist suicide prevention

A well-known, tongue-in-cheek cliché says, “We’re from the government, and we’re here to help.”

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Friday 07/14/2017
Prevention: People can take action to deal with possible farmer suicide
Posted: July 14, 2017

There is a more common and mostly preventable cause of death among agricultural producers that isn’t occupational injuries or physical illnesses. It is suicide, and it should be understood and handled better than it is currently.

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Friday 07/07/2017
All should be aware of indicators of farmer suicide
Posted: July 07, 2017

A farmer ended his life by suicide recently, which raised questions about his and other farmers’ self-destructive behavior.

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Friday 06/30/2017
Suicide by farmers continues to be a problem
Posted: June 30, 2017

Suicide in the agricultural workplace is more likely than in any other workplace in the United States for which there are data, according to Dr. Wendy Ringgenberg and her coauthors in an article in the May 2017 Journal of Rural Health.

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Friday 06/23/2017
Generosity is a hallmark of America’s farmers
Posted: June 23, 2017

Recently, two neighboring farmers knocked on the door of our farm house. “Would it be alright,” one of them asked, “if two elves showed up someday to turn your woodpile into firewood?”

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Thursday 06/15/2017
Alternatives to ACA would affect rural customers disproportionately
Posted: June 15, 2017

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released a report last week that said the American Health Care Act (AHCA), which is being considered by the U.S. Congress to replace the current Affordable Care Act (ACA), could reduce access to mental health care, substance abuse treatment and parity of insurance protections.

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Friday 06/09/2017
Parents, economics factor into quality of education system
Posted: June 09, 2017

Following a recent memorial service for a wonderful woman who farmed with her husband and contributed much to her community, I joined with several people who shared a table for the luncheon afterwards. They were discussing secondary school education.

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Friday 06/02/2017
Taking our best shots when hunting, farming, in life
Posted: June 02, 2017

My increasing number of missed shots when hunting pheasants and other wild game during the past few years has led me to ponder the many figurative hits and misses I’ve made in life.

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Friday 05/26/2017
Does dowsing for graves and water work?
Posted: May 26, 2017

A few years ago, an elderly lady and dear friend showed Marilyn and me how to find graves by dowsing. She convinced us there is “something to it,” for we were able to detect burial sites and usually the deceased person’s gender before we discovered confirmatory evidence from decaying round-topped limestone markers or wooden crosses near the grave sites.

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