LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — The Arkansas Department of Agriculture awarded Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network grants to three Arkansas entities.
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The grants develop or maintain stress help applications for people engaged in farming, ranching, and different agriculture-related occupations, in accordance to a press launch from the division.
The three chosen entities are:
- Arkansas PBS Foundation – $126,140
- Agri Health Network – $100,000
- University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture – $99,840
Arkansas PBS will use the funding to develop applications on psychological well being challenges confronted by agricultural producers for on-air broadcast and on-demand, web site, social media, and app viewing.
The grant funding supplied to the Agri Health Network will develop the attain of its “That Farm Life” podcast, launched in March 2021 to present a platform for these within the agricultural business to share tales, sources, and create a protected zone the place psychological well being points particular to agriculture are addressed.
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The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture will use the grant funding to practice 16 Mental Health First Aid trainers and create a web site and digital choices for producers to interact with psychological well being consultants and different producers remotely to be taught and help wholesome stress administration.
Agriculture is an inherently annoying occupation that usually requires people to work lengthy hours and navigate by way of quite a few components which might be past their management. Recipients of this grant funding are offering critically essential providers to the people that present the meals, fiber, gasoline, and shelter that all of us rely upon each single day and that can assist preserve our state’s largest business profitable into the longer term,
Secretary of Agriculture Wes Ward
The grants are administered by the Arkansas Department of Agriculture with funding supplied by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network – State Departments of Agriculture Program (FRSAN-SDA).
More details about the FRSAN program will be discovered right here.