Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Farming is physically and mentally demanding work. There are often long days spent working in solitude. Worries about fluctuating commodity prices, trade issues, increased debt, and severe weather may add layers of stress on agricultural producers. In 2021, the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) was awarded $500,000 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture to help address farmer mental health and stress in the Commonwealth. VDACS leveraged new and existing partnerships with the organizations below, who received a portion of the grant funds to support and advance their mental health efforts in Virginia’s agricultural communities. Continue reading and access resources HERE.