Stefanik Gets Behind Legislation Aimed At Mental Health Of Farmers

Congresswoman Elise Stefanik has signed on as an original cosponsor of the bipartisan Seeding Rural Resilience Act. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Anthony Brindisi (NY-22), directs the Secretary of Agriculture and the Secretary of Health and Human Services to raise awareness and carry out a public service campaign to address mental health issues surrounding farmers. It also establishes a voluntary stress management employee training program for United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) employees that work with farmers, in order to give them direction on how to assist farmers in crisis. Additionally, it creates a task force to address mental health issues in rural areas.