UNDATED (LEARFIELD) – The new president of the Minnesota Soybean Growers says mental health is top of mind for her organization. Jamie Beyer, of Wheaton, says lawmakers are beginning to understand the seriousness of the down farm economy.

“We lobbied pretty hard to get some additional funding, which the legislature granted for mental health,” said Beyer.

Beyer adds the message from the Soy Growers is to keep an open line of communication:

“We’re trying to get neighbors to talk to neighbors and everyone keep an eye on everyone and keep everyone talking,” Beyer said.

She says the Minnesota Department of Agriculture has resources available for farm families dealing with the stress of low commodity prices and weather challenges.