COVID-19 leads to extra stress for US farmers

According to Rick Wimberly, Division of Agriculture Cross County Extension Agent, US farmers are doing okay financially, but the pandemic has taken a toll on their mental health.

Wimberly said Cross County saw a slowdown in the economy early on in the pandemic. The main concern was labor and having enough workers to farm on around 3,000 acres of sweet potatoes.

Wimberly said there’s still a lot of unknowns in the farming industry. It’s stressful enough, and COVID-19 has thrown a curveball.

“Fifteen to twenty years ago, I thought that if somebody offered me some ground to farm that I would take it in a heartbeat. Now you couldn’t pay me to do it,” Wimberly said. “The stress level is just high on them out there just because the bottom line has gotten so tight.”

The Division of Agriculture offered several tips and resources for farming and ranching during tough times.


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