Congressman Tim Ryan Announces Grant of $500,000 to the Ohio Department of Agriculture for Behavioral and Mental Health Services for Farmers and Their Families | Congressman Tim Ryan
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Congressman Tim Ryan Announces Grant of $500,000 to the Ohio Department of Agriculture for Behavioral and Mental Health Services for Farmers and Their Families

October 28, 2021
Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan today announced $500,000 for the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) to provide stress assistance for people in farming, ranching, and other agriculture-related occupations. These funds are a part of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture grant program through the Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network. ODA will use this federal investment to support projects that will improve behavioral health awareness and literacy, leading to more favorable outcomes for farmers and their families. Additionally, funding from this grant will be used to address the issue of suicide prevention with a goal of reducing suicide deaths in Ohio’s agricultural communities.

“As a member of the Congressional Mental Health Caucus, I recognize the need for our farmers and their families to have access to comprehensive mental health services and treatment,” said Congressman Tim Ryan. “Our agricultural communities are the backbone of Ohio’s economy. Their health and well-being are of fundamental importance and will always be a top priority of mine.”  

Reauthorized by the 2018 Farm Bill, the Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network supports projects that offers a conduit to improving behavioral health awareness, literacy, and more favorable outcomes for them and their families. In fiscal year 2020, the National Institute of Food and Agriculture awarded $28.7 million to ensure vulnerable agricultural producers and their families have more options for high-quality, affordable help close to home.