Sen. Schumer calls for action as suicide rates spike among farmers

Farmer Patrick McCormick of Robbiehill Family Dairy says the suicide crisis on farms has hit upstate New York the hardest and placed a dark cloud, especially on Wyoming County.

“I know farmers not too far from here. Two of them this past year that have committed suicide,” said McCormick.

McCormick says uncertainty in crop yields and the declining price of milk contribute to farm stress.

“So we’re getting $3 less for our product than we were 10 years ago,” added McCormick.

Sen. Chuck Schumer launched a new effort to fight the mental health crisis on farms throughout upstate New York.

First, he is calling on the Centers for Disease Control to study suicide rates on farms. Wyoming County has the eighth highest suicide rate in New York.

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