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By David Wahlberg
Wisconsin State Journal 

Suicide prevention project aims to help distressed farmers


February 6, 2019

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Financial struggles led Leon Statz to sell his 50 dairy cows, causing the third-generation farmer to become depressed.

Then land next to his 200-acre farm near Loganville went up for sale — land his late father had said he should buy. Statz, who didn't have the money, became hopeless.

On Oct. 8, the day the adjacent property hit the market; Statz killed himself on his farm. He was 57.

"He said, 'How am I going to afford this?'" Brenda Statz, his wife of 34 years, told the Wisconsin State Journal. "He would panic about everything when it got to finances."


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