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Farming and Stress – Starting The Conversation

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farm3I want to share with you a wonderful blog Farming, Stress, Starting The Conversation written by Kim Keller, co-founder of Farm At Hand and a third-generation farmer. Kim gave me permission to share her story with the world and though it’s been shortened, it speaks to everyone’s heart.

“Today as I write this, I am a farmer, feeling every stress that every farmer feels. I want to talk about some of the very real stress and emotions that go along with rolling the dice every Spring when it’s time to put that seed in the ground. What sparked the thought of writing this post was not only seeing and experiencing my own family’s stress and watching the toll it takes on them, but also hearing the most heart wrenching and tragic news of some farmers taking their own lives due to the immense pressure they face each and every day. It’s time to open up this conversation in Ag; it has been far too long coming. One is one too many.

We as farmers have all been there. So full of hope and energy every Spring, until the tractor and air drill get stuck for the 5th time in a week trying to get that crop in the ground. Those beautiful Summer days turning into devastating hail storms. Worms that show up the one weekend you try to take off to spend with your family. The harvest that gets off to a slow start, counting every bushel that comes in and noticing it’s a lot less than we anticipated, while also watching the markets take a nose dive. Checking the weather 4 times a day to see the forecast, hoping it doesn’t rain or freeze early so we can just get this crop off and into the bin. Quite often wondering what the hell we’re doing this for and no idea how we are going to wake up the next morning and do this all over again, let alone a few months later when Spring comes around again.

This is all a part of farming. This is the other side of the amazing opportunity that everyone is seeing in the Ag industry, and increasingly in Ag Tech. This is the real life that goes into every day as a farmer. Every year our fate is in the hands of everyone or something else, but our own: weather, disease, insects, or markets. We just strive to make the most of it.

Now, having said all that being a farmer is also one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever encountered. That feeling of working harder than you ever thought you could and succeeding. That feeling of going through the worst case scenario and surviving. That feeling of knowing you are doing something real that everyone in the world relies on to survive and doing it everyday. Those feelings are what make farming and the Ag industry amazing. At their core, farmers are some of the most giving and humble people you will come across, rarely ones to give themselves a pat on the back for a job well done, or boast about their accomplishments. So I am taking the opportunity to do that for them.

Farming isn’t an occupation that you choose, it chooses you. It is in your blood from the start. It takes a pretty amazing and capable person to go through the trials and tribulations to work for that moment of success. There is no quitting part way through in farming; it’s all or nothing. For every farmer who has taken that huge responsibility on, I am so very thankful. I couldn’t imagine being a part of any other industry; in fact I tried not to be a farmer, but I found my way back, and I couldn’t be happier, even through the most seemingly unbearable times.

For every farmer out there, take the moment to celebrate the fact that you’re building one of the world’s most important industries and you’re making it even better each and every day out there, doing what you do. Also, take a breath, send a text, call a neighbour. Remember that you’re not alone out there. Each farmer is or has gone through those same emotions and stress you may currently be experiencing. Don’t be afraid to reach out for help when you may need it. Everyone around you will thank you for it.”

Thank you Kim! Please read Kim’s full article and let Kim know you support her.

Farmer Stress Can Be Reduced

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When I started looking at depression in farmers, I was stunned by how high the numbers are for farmer suicides and depression. In the U.S., the rate of farmer suicides is just under two times that of the general population. Worldwide, farmer suicide rates are the highest for any occupation. In fact, farmer suicides are an international crisis.

High stress combined with frustration can lead to depression. If you start believing you have nowhere to turn for help, the idea of suicide starts looking good. The stigma of depression prevents many from speaking out or getting help.

I’ve written several articles about this for the Huffington Post. That’s where Himanshu Singh, co-founder of the Agri Tech company Farm At Hand, found me. Himanshu Singh read my article Why Farmer Suicide Rates Are The Highest of Any Occupation. It had made everyone in his office stop and think.

“With a growing population and so many uncontrollable variables, much pressure and stress is placed on the farmers that feed us. It’s a fact that doesn’t cross the minds of most as we go through the checkout at the grocery store,” says Himanshu Singh.

Farming is a high stress occupation in which the job merges with personal identity. Relationships quickly become complicated if the job becomes the only focus. Children don’t always become farmers. Many leave farm life forever, but some of those who return to the family farm bring innovations in technology and management that help reduce the stress of farming.

Himanshu Singh calls himself an “an honorary farmer.” The other co-founder of Farm At Hand, Kim Keller, is a third-generation farmer. Kim is one of those young people who left the farm and joined the corporate world, only to return to farm life. Ms. Keller realized that certain stresses of the job could be eliminated or at the very least reduced by using technology. She teamed up with Himanshu Singh and formed Farm At Hand, a free multi platform cloud based farm management program that tracks everything from seed to sale.

“As arable land continues to decline and global population continues to rise, there is increased pressure on farmers to be more productive and efficient in everything they do. A well-run and efficient farm doesn’t benefit just the farmer but everyone they help feed. By offering Farm At Hand for free to the farmer, we hope to do our part in helping farms become more efficient.”

It’s great to hear about people like Himanshu Singh and Kim Keller who are helping farmers. Farmer stress isn’t just a third world problem. It’s a concern in the U.S., Canada, U.K. and other industrialized countries.

“Remember that you’re not alone out there,” Kim Keller reminds farmers. “Each farmer is or has gone through those same emotions and stress you may currently be experiencing. Don’t be afraid to reach out for help when you may need it. Everyone around you will thank you for it.”

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The New Age Of Mankind

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It’s official! We’ve entered a new age of evolution. Called the Anthropocene Epoch by scientists to reflect humanity’s deep impact on our planet, it is an age where we can no longer distinguish what is man-made from what is natural.

The word “Anthropocene” means “new human era.” The idea that humanity had entered a new human era was first suggested in 1873 by Italian geologist Antonio Stoppani. It was dismissed. But climate change and other types of earth modifications (levelling of mountains, building islands, etc) made scientists reconsider the idea. Now the Anthropocene Epoch is considered reality and the only thing left for scientists is to determine the exact date we entered the era.

“It is clear that, though we have differences about when it starts, it seems as a group that we were quite happy to say we are in the Anthropocene,” said Colin Waters, secretary for the working group and a geologist for the British Geological Society. (Huffington Post, Oct. 17, 2014)

We’ve changed the way our world looks and functions. We’ve terraformed our planet to suit our needs, created global warming through our continued use of antiquated transportation, and set up such technologies around the world that machines have in some cases begun to think. We’ve killed off entire species of animals and plants. We have modified our food sources – crops and animals – to be ‘better’ than what nature intended. We’ve manipulated and copyrighted our own genetic material to create healthier humans. We can even create designer babies who will have perfect physical and mental health, not withstanding environmental factors. There’s talk of eliminating mental disorders through DNA manipulation and also creating humans with increased intelligence.

Most of us aren’t surprised by the news we’re in a New Age of Mankind. Lightworkers have been spreading the message that we are in a new age for years now. Spirit guides like Kyron have claimed that mankind has been in a new age for decades and only now are some awakening to that knowledge. The Mayan calendar foretold of a new age of mankind whereupon the old world will end and a new one will begin. Even holy books such as the Bible foretell of a new age of mankind in which the Messiah will return and there will be a new world order.

So while science is catching up to what many religions and mystics already know to be true, we must also wonder where this new epoch is taking us. Our earth is so different now that it’s impossible to return to conditions our grandparents knew. Human evolution is also happening. What will a normal human look like a few decades from now? How much of our genetic material will be replaced by designer genes? Might this truly be a new age of enlightenment, evolution and the return of the Messiah? What do you think?

Inspiring Photos For Friday

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When you’re feeling anxious or stressed a nice photo can help lift your spirit or soften your day. So with that intention, I’m giving you 4 beautiful earth pictures to enjoy!

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Waterfall In Romania.

The Subway, Zion National Park, Utah

The Subway, Zion National Park, Utah

Fuji Volcano with Cherry Blossom - Japan

Fuji Volcano with Cherry Blossom – Japan

Chief Mountain, Glacier National Park

Chief Mountain, Glacier National Park

Images are domain free. Clicking on them reveals full size. Feel free to download for personal use.

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