New Missouri House rural caucus to raise awareness about farmer suicide rates
“Newsweek” reported in July that a CDC study found that men who work in the farming, fishing and forestry industries had a suicide rate of 90.5 per 100,000 people, the highest of any occupational group. That CDC study used 2012 data.
Which is close to the homicide rate among blacks in particularly homicidal big cities.
Homicide by, against and among blacks is a big political issue (though I must add the caveat that it’s only a big issue when TPTB can make political hay of it, when they think that our thinking about it hurts TPTB, they tell us nothing to see here move along), but this the absolute first I’ve heard or seen any credible hard copy statistic about farmer, fisher and forester suicides. I did know from my past several years as a lobbyist and being plugged into the grapevine that talks ag that it was something of a problem, but none of us were aware how bad it was.