Forum News Service: Suicides make farm crisis real

EXCERPT: “Bob Worth barely kept his composure as he revealed two close friends, both fellow farmers, recently committed suicide. They killed themselves over agriculture stresses, he said, speaking as part of a panel discussion about challenges of farming. “Don’t ever do that to your family,” he urged farmers in the Tuesday, Aug. 1, audience at Farmfest . . . Worth, a Lake Benton farmer and official of the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association, urged farmers to maintain close contacts with people such as their bankers so things do not get out of hand . . . The panel of experts painted a bleak picture of farming, with prices low and costs of inputs such as seed and fertilizer high.” FULLSTORY: