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The Roanoke Times 

Younger farmers confront physical and emotional challenges


March 29, 2019

Rose Jeter posed a question to her Facebook friends last summer: Why did they think struggling farmers were turning to suicide?

She wasn't surprised by the answers they offered: the constant stress, the reliance on unpredictable Mother Nature, the inability to set their own prices, the fact that you could work tirelessly and still make little.

They were all familiar to Jeter, the daughter of a farmer who married into the Jeter Farm family and works for Homestead Creamery.

But she was surprised to receive private messages from some farmers who said they had contemplated taking their own live...

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