(Farmington) Farmers and ranchers can use more than just a helping hand when stress on the farm becomes too much to handle.
In several instances, they could use a helping ear and reassuring voice on the other end of the phone.
The Missouri Department of Agriculture has launched the Missouri Farmer Stress Helpline, a 24-hour hotline to call or text if they are experiencing some form of distress on the farm.
State Ag Department Director Chris Chinn says the hotline is part of the Agri-Safe Network.
Funding for the hotline was made possible thanks to a U.S.D.A. grant Missouri received.
Farmers can call or text the hotline toll-free at 833-897-2474.
Additional resources are available on the Missouri Department of Agriculture website.