Senator Raphael Warnock paid a visit to Dickey Farms on Tuesday to discuss the importance of preserving farmers’ mental health.
He claims that on a scale of one to five, farmers’ stress levels average a four. Senator Warnock claims that raising mental health awareness reduces stigma. Mental health care, he claims, is the same as medical care.
“If a person’s heart or liver is failing, we don’t judge them. The brain is a body part, and it has several functions “According to Warnock Will Bentley, a cattle farmer in Upson County, says the industry has been hit particularly hard as prices have risen while the end product has remained unchanged.
“The price is beyond our control. The cost of our inputs is something we have no control over. We also have no control over the final product’s price “According to Bentley.
Fertilizer, petrol, equipment, transportation, and labour, according to Bentley, have all risen in price, adding to farmers’ anxiety.
“The epidemic has been going on for several years, and now we’re seeing other crises in Europe and Russia that are adding to the pressures in Georgia’s agriculture community,” Bentley explained.
Senator Raphael Warnock lobbied for $10 million to fund the “Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network.” Farmers can access stress services through the programme. Farming, according to Warnock, needs to become more profitable.
“We’ll do everything we can from a public policy approach. As a member of the agriculture committee, I will do everything I can to provide Georgia farmers with the help they require “According to Warnock.
Bentley says he hopes that farmers’ voices will be heard at Tuesday’s event.
Senator Raphael Warnock stopped by Dickey Farms on Tuesday to talk about the significance of farmers’ mental health.
Farmers, he argues, have a stress level of four on a scale of one to five. Senator Warnock asserts that increasing mental health awareness lowers stigma. He says that mental health care is the same as medical care.
“We don’t pass judgment on someone whose heart or liver is failing. The brain is a bodily component that performs a variety of functions.” According to Warnock Will Bentley, a cattle farmer in Upson County, the industry has been impacted especially hard as prices have risen while the end product has remained the same.
“It puts the individual under a lot of strain. If you’re a farmer, and your input expenses are rising but your final output isn’t, you’re in trouble. It’ll be really difficult to handle “According to Bentley.
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“I believe we need to find methods to reward mental health care support right here in these communities,” Warnock said.
Another addition Warnock made to make farming more profitable was to make it easier for farmers to pass their farms down through the generations.
Senator Warnock says he’ll do everything he can to help open up supply chains, which will help lower prices and, hopefully, reduce stress for Georgia farmers.