Spring planting is always a busy time for farmers; and a worldwide pandemic only amplifies the stress and uncertainty that accompanies the season.
"Planting season means long hours and lots of unknowns for area farmers," says Shane Bugeja, an Extension Educator with the University of Minnesota Extension Office at Blue Earth County. "And while farmers are maintaining their equipment, it’s critical they also take care of their health. Now more than ever we need all our farmers and their families to stay well."
Shane offers important tips for farmers to stay healthy and keep their operations going:
"Farmers are the backbone of our community and our region," says Shane. "And many days, especially during long hours of planting season, the stress of being a farmer in these times can become almost too much. That’s why it’s important farmers know they’ve got someone they can talk to."
The Minnesota Farm and Rural Helpline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It’s free and confidential. The number to call is 833-600-2670.