Among all the occupations in America, those who work in farming, forestry and fisheries are most likely to commit suicide—by a mile, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Nearly 85 farmers, forestry and fishery workers per 100,000 end their own lives every year, according to the CDC, the most among 30 standard occupational groupings studied.
The last time these numbers were compiled, it was 2012 when corn hovered around $6 to $7 and soybeans in the $11 to $12 range. Fast-forward to the soft commodity prices of 2016, and farmers could be in for a stressful harvest.
That has southern Illinois farmer and banker Alan Hoskins of American Farm Mortgage and Financial Services concerned for his neighbors and customers. “Obviously, the price situation has created a lot of uncertainty,” Hoskins says. “One fear I have is the size of the crop we’re producing. Most operations aren’t built to hold 100% of their grain in a normal year, and this year, farmers will be faced with tough decisions on....
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