(WAOW) — Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin will announce increased federal funding to provide our nation’s farmers with critical support and mental health resources, according to a press release.
The Farmers First Act (Facilitating Accessible Resources for Mental health and Encouraging Rural Solutions for Immediate Response to Stressful Times) was included in the 2018 Farm Bill, which passed the Senate last year. Per the release, Senator Baldwin passed a Senate appropriations bill amendment that will provide $8 million, an increase of $6 million from 2019, for the bipartisan legislation.
“I worked across party lines to include the Farmers First Act in the Farm Bill and now I’ve worked across the aisle to increase funding for it because we need to help our farmers when they are dealing with stressful times,” Sen. Baldwin said. “Our Wisconsin farmers are facing many difficult challenges and we all need to work together to provide them the support they need, including more funding for local mental health resources.”
The Farmers First Act “provides funding for local mental health resources to expand access to stress reduction strategies and suicide prevention programs for people who work in agriculture,” the release said. It adds that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found farmers and other individuals who work in agriculture experience a high rate of suicide.