Study: Ag workers commit suicide at higher rate

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IOWA CITY, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- A University of Iowa study shows farmers and other agricultural workers are committing suicide at a much higher rate than workers in other industries.

The study says 230 farmers across the country committed suicide from 1992 to 2010.

Results showed farmers in the western United States were most likely to take their lives, followed by Midwest farmers.

Researchers say occupational factors such as poor access to quality health care, isolation, and financial stress put farmers at a high risk for suicide.