Farm Stress

North Dakota Farmers Union

North Dakota farmers and ranchers are a vital link in our nation’s food supply system.

That vital link comes with a stressful responsibility and gamble: low commodity prices, weather, crop disease, financial worries and regulations all take its toll.

If your friend, relative or neighbor is beginning to show signs, such as loss of focus/motivation, abnormal anger or alcohol abuse, you can help. NDFU has a responsibility to protect North Dakota farmers and ranchers in good times and bad. The following resources can help:


  • If it’s an emergency, call 9-1-1
  • For FirstLink Help Line, call 2-1-1
  • National Suicide Prevention Hotline (available 24 hours/day), 1-800-273-8255
  • NDSU Extension offers resources for dealing with farm/ranch stress
  • Abound Counseling at LSSND offers in-person and statewide tele-health counseling services. Payment options including sliding fee, health insurance and no-fee options through LSSND’s Abundant Care fund, (701) 223-1510

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