Farmers are two to three times more likely to die by suicide than the general public. Oregon lawmakers are considering a bill that would provide state money to support a suicide helpline for people who work the land.
In other news, the recent bout of frigid November temperatures has further shrunk an already light apple harvest in Washington and the Bandon Hatchery and Coquille Tribe are excited with the replenished Chinook salmon numbers following years of dwindling returns.
Across the Northwest, wheat is already springing up out of the ground ankle-high. But the cost of raw chemicals for farming – like fertilizer and pesticides – are up, and hard to come by these days. Part of the problems for farmers are being driven by the war in Ukraine.