For Colorado farmers in crisis, a new hotline offers hope
August 25, 2017
DENVER (AP) — "The agricultural economic crisis is real. The resulting stress is real. Let's TALK about it."
That's the pitch on the Colorado Department of Agriculture website for a new program aimed at helping farmers facing emotional crisis because of financial strains in their industry.
Agriculture Commissioner Don Brown says the program, just now rolling out, will train staffers at the Colorado Crisis Center hotline specifically about farming and ranching, so they can better counsel those who call. His department will also promote the hotline to farmers and ranchers statewide.