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SPOTLIGHT: Stressed out with Drought

SPOTLIGHT: Stressed out with Drought

SEPTEMBER 2021

Researchers in occupational health have published a paper on the association between drought conditions and stress among U.S. farmers.  UMASH colleagues in affiliated NIOSH centers, the University of Minnesota School of Public Health and ISciences, studied the occupational psychosocial stress among farmers in the midwest. Highlights of the study included:

  • Farmers are a vulnerable population to extreme weather events.
  • Growing season drought increased farmers’ occupational psychosocial stress.
  • Drought planning should consider occupational psychosocial stress effects.


“Drought can increase the price of feed, water and other farming costs, placing financial and emotional pressure on farmers.”

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To learn more about the study and the research findings, link to the publication in Science of the Total Environment.