Warren and Lyle Lutz, who farm near Leross, Sask., are facing lost income and higher operating costs after a long and frustrating harvest.  |  Brian Cross photo

Financial stress soars

The ability to cope with stress is an important attribute to have if you’re a farmer in Western Canada. Just ask Warren and Lyle Lutz, owners of Double L Farms south of Leross, Sask. The Lutz family have been farming in the Leross area northeast of Regina for three generations. And during that time, the […] Read more

Researchers conducted in-depth interviews with 75 farmers and agriculture professionals that mostly live in Ontario.

They extrapolated common themes from the interviews, finding public scrutiny was one topic that participants often discussed. | Getty Images

Farmers feel increasingly under attack

QUEBEC CITY — Farmers are feeling increasingly under attack by the general public, according to new data, putting them in situations that add stress to their lives. The University of Guelph qualitative study found a general theme of producers saying they face more public scrutiny, which in turn creates additional stress. “There was a surprising […] Read more

Studies have found 40 percent of farmers won’t seek help because they are afraid of the stigma surrounding mental illness. | File photo

Farmers overwhelmed by stress but fail to pick up the phone

Agribition panel discusses the importance of mental health and what programs are ready to help farmers cope

Since Kim Keller posted a tweet last summer urging farmers to talk about mental health, that’s exactly what she’s been doing. The Gronlid, Sask., farmer and co-founder of Saskatchewan Women in Agriculture has kept the conversation alive at events and on social media. At Canadian Western Agribition, participants at the Grain Expo heard that studies […] Read more

Saskatchewan’s farm stress line, which was implemented in 1992, received about 330 calls last year.  |  File photo

Stress line offers 24-7 service

Service transfer | Improved commodity prices and farming conditions mean fewer calls

Calls to Saskatchewan’s farm stress line are now being answered by Mobile Crisis Services 24 hours a day seven days a week. As of July 4, the service was transferred to the non-profit community based organization from the agriculture ministry. Rick Bjorge, assistant director of regional services at the Agriculture Knowledge Centre, said the change […] Read more