Rural Stress Toolbook

What causes rural stress?

Things that are beyond your control and that last for a long time create the most stress. Weather, market prices, equipment breakdown, interest rates, and government policy are just some of the stressors beyond the control of farmers. Rural town-dwellers can’t control the loss of business and services due to depopulation.

Families and communities can’t control the closure of schools and health care facilities, the increased driving distances that result, and the loss of friends and family who move to the city.

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