With a downturn in the farm economy, many Kentucky farmers are under increasing financial pressure - and there's a new resource guide that could help.
Low commodity prices are shrinking cash flow for many farmers, forcing some to take out more or higher interest loans. But Jonathan Shepherd - a farm management specialist in the University of Kentucky Department of Agricultural Economics - says farmers make up only two percent of the population, so it can be easy to overlook their financial burdens.
He hopes the university's new resource guide will
Prices for most farm commodities are forecast to remain relatively low in 2019, so Shepherd says farmers should be thinking about whether scaling down the size of their operation or making other changes is in their best interest. And while there's stigma associated with the word 'bankruptcy,' he says for some farmers, it may be a smart financial move. "Nobody likes to talk about bankruptcy or debt reorganization," says Shepherd. "But, that's a reality for some farmers, unfortunately. And depending on the specifics of an individual's situation, they may in fact be able to
The resource guide also provides information for farmers and their families trying to manage stress and mental health challenges in the face of financial loss and growing debt.