Mo Department of Agriculture Announces FREE AgriStress Helpline
An AgriStress Helpline for Missouri producers is available through the Missouri Department of Agriculture. The helpline is a free and confidential service available to Missouri producers and rural families seeking mental health support.
Missouri’s Director of Agriculture Chris Chinn said “Having a career in agriculture is not for the faint of heart. Unpredictable weather, market volatility, cost fluctuation, government regulations, and long hours can put pressure on our producers and their families. She went on to say “We know producers take pride in their ability to handle challenging circumstances, which can lead to a stigma around seeking mental health support. But, it’s okay to need help. Our goal is to ensure free, confidential support is available for Missouri farmers, ranchers, and rural community members through the AgriStress Helpline.”
The AgriSafe mission is to support a growing network of trained agricultural health and safety professionals who ensure access to preventative services for farm families and the agricultural community.
The Helpline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Producers can call or text (833) 897-2474 to speak to a healthcare professional.