Depression in Dairyland examines the widespread and often overlooked mental health crisis among Wisconsin's dairy farmers. Having faced years of low dairy prices, record farm foreclosures, and coronavirus-induced supply chain interruptions, many of Wisconsin's farmers are experiencing farm-related stress and depression. And they need help.
The crisis is widespread, reaching all corners of Wisconsin, and is being felt by hundreds if not thousands of farmers throughout the state. In recent years, government officials and private organizations have started investing more into farmer mental health, but farmer advocates say the only way to adequately address the crisis is to make systemic changes to the way milk is bought and sold. But without consensus between small and large dairy farms, substantial relief will remain out of reach.
Depression in Dairyland is published in collaboration with the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism.