With a $480,000 USDA grant, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is partnering with seven north central states to provide stress assistance for people engaged in farming, ranching, and related occupations.

USDA Grant Will Support Farm Stress Assistance Regional Project

With a $480,000 grant from USDA, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and partners in seven north central states will provide stress assistance programs to support people engaged in farming, ranching and other agriculture-related occupations.

"Our first goal is to develop a network of resources, trainings and connections to help farmers and ranchers know where to turn for help dealing with stress," said David Brown, David Brown, a behavioral health specialist in ISU Human Sciences Extension and Outreach who is working with other state principal investigators to lead this regional project.

"Secondly, we want to provide a fuller and more robust network of stress assistance programs, including a stress hotline and prescription drug abuse education, in the North Central Region," Brown added.

Read more in an ISU Extension and Outreach news release.