FRANKFORT – Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles met with other statewide Raising Hope Coalition partners today during a community update regarding their collective work to address mental and physical health needs of farmers.

Recognizing that debt, extreme weather, unstable prices, and isolation have created stress for the farming community, the U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded a $500,000 grant to the Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) to help address the growing mental health crisis. The Raising Hope Coalition was borne of a collaborative effort between KDA, the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, and state universities to address health and physical stressors experienced by agriculture producers and their families.

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