MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS AMONG FARMERS - WASHINGTON POLITICS
Suicide rates among farmers are higher than any other profession in the United States and now some experts and Senators worry Washington politics could be making farmland stresses even worse. The House is set to vote by Friday on a controversial farm bill that includes major changes to work requirements for people on food stamps. The issue is dividing Republicans and Democrats and threatens to undermine support for the bill in Washington. Now farmers fear the bill, which includes safety net programs to keep farmers in business in bad economic times, is at risk because of the unrelated fight. Bob Worth, a soybean farmer in Minnesota, said the frustration is growing in rural America.NATIONALAs Milk Prices Decline, Worries About Dairy Farmer Suicides Rise"It bothers me a lot that they can play games with other parts of the bill that has nothing to do with farming," Worth said in an interview from inside his tractor while sowing soybeans on his farm. "We need the safety net, we need our exports, we need a lot of things that are created and somewhat destroyed in Washington, D.C. So yeah, it is a big concern for us what's happening in Washington today."