Balancing Work and Home Life: A new study to understand farm reality

The balance between work and life at home is a challenge for many across the country, especially farm families.

The National Farm Medicine Center is conducting a study to better understand the reality of farm and ranch families, specifically with having children and continuing to work safely. An Associate Research Scientist with the group says the findings of this study will be important, especially as the Farm Bill process is currently underway.

“What really we’re hoping to do is have preliminary findings early in the spring so that we can share this preliminary findings with people who are working on the farm bill,” Florence Becot says. “We asked a number of questions not only about what their situation is like, but also the kind of solutions that they would like to see, based on their situations and so, those questions will be important to understand what do folks in agriculture want to inform potential policy discussions that might be going on.”

The center is asking anyone who plays a role on the farm or ranch and is the primary caregiver for kids under the age of 18 to fill out the survey. You can respond to that HERE.

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