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The Stresses of Farming

Chesapeake Bay Program

Many of those who provide the bounty that will grace our Thanksgiving tables are struggling. The physical, emotional and financial stresses of farming lead to mental health crises, opioid addiction, even suicides at higher rates among farmers than Americans in general. We hear about the day-to-day strain on farmers and what's being done to alleviate it from Shannon Dill, agriculture extension educator for University of Maryland Extension in Talbot County and from Bonnie Braun, Extension Consultant.

Sheilah Kast is the host of On The Record, Monday-Friday, 9:30-10:00 am.
Melissa Gerr is a producer for On the Record. She started in public media at Twin Cities Public Television in St. Paul, Minn., where she is from, and then worked as a field producer for Oregon Public Broadcasting in Portland. She made the jump to audio-lover in Baltimore as a digital media editor at Mid-Atlantic Media and Laureate Education, Inc. and as a field producer for "Out of the Blocks." Her beat is typically the off-beat with an emphasis on science, culture and things that make you say, 'Wait, what?'