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  • What is driving the high suicide rate among farmers?

    Josie Rudolphi standing outdoors with a tractor in the background on the U. of I. farms

    Mental health outreach programs geared toward farmers also need to provide services for their teens, who have similar rates of anxiety and depression, said agricultural and biological engineering professor Josie Rudolphi. The co-director of the North Central Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Center, Rudolphi is conducting a five-year study on the mental health needs of people who live and work on farms.

    Photo by Fred Zwicky


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  • Editor’s note: To contact Josie Rudolphi, call 217-300-8833; email

    North Central Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Center

    National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8755

    Crisis Text Line: Text “HOME” to 741741

    Iowa Concern Hotline: 1-800-447-1985. Available in the 12-state north central region, including Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin. Serving the farm community, Iowa Concern has access to an attorney for legal education, stress counselors, and information and referral services for a wide variety of topics.