Women in Agriculture: Health and Wellness

Photo: Central Missouri woman in agriculture. Photo credit, Tevin Uthlaut, University of Missouri Extension.

The health and wellness for those involved in agriculture continues to be an ongoing issue and especially for women. Women in agriculture tend to juggle multiple responsibilities between working possibly on and off the farm while still maintaining various family roles.  Stress can negatively affect our physical, mental, and spiritual health and well-being.

Online Videos

The Farmer Mental Crisis: Understanding A Vulnerable Population

Rural America is Having A Mental Health Crisis, This Farmer Is Fighting It

Ag Safety and Health Community of Practice Resources

Production Agriculture and Stress – Ag Safety and Health eXtension Community of Practice

Regional and National Articles and Resources

Health Needs of Women in Ag Overlooked – Successful Farming

Managing Farm Stress – Michigan State University

Managing Stress in Farm Country – American Farm Bureau

Mental Health – AgriSafe

Question. Persuade. Refer. (QPR) Institute

Rural Response to Farmer Mental Health and Suicide Prevention – Rural Health Information Hub

Show Me Strong Families – University of Missouri Extension

Stress and Mental Health – Upper Midwest Ag Safety and Health

Take Charge of Your Health: Women Working in Agriculture – AgriSafe

USA Mental Health First Aid

Women’s Health and Wellness – AgriSafe

Article Summarized and Reviewed By:

Linda Fetzer, Pennsylvania State University – lmf8@psu.edu
Karen Funkenbusch, University of Missouri – funkenbuschk@missouri.edu
Angie Hissong, OTR/L, Pennsylvania State University – anh1@psu.edu
Tevin Uthlaut, University of Missouri – UthlautT@missouri.edu

Project Funding Acknowledgement:

This material is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S.D.A., under award number 2014-68006-21873.

AgrAbility for Pennsylvanians Project is supported under USDA/NIFA Special Projects 2017-41590-27105 in collaboration with Penn State Extension.

The Missouri AgrAbility Project is supported by funds from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) under sponsored project number 2018-41590-22323.