Suicide Prevention and Farm Bill Implementation
**The American Veterinary Medical Association participated with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in researching Suicide among veterinarians in the United States from 1979 through 2015.
According to agrimarketing.com, the study, published in the Journal of the AVMA, reported female veterinarians were 3.5 times as likely, and male veterinarians were 2.1 times as likely, to die from suicide as the general population.
In addition to their partners within veterinary medicine, the AVMA is working closely with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and other suicide experts.
**House Ag Democrats are planning a broad series of hearings now that they're in the majority, and farm bill implementation will be the top priority.
Agrimarketing.com reports, other highlights and potential flashpoints include: The nutrition subcommittee plans to review the administration's rule making on Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program work-requirement waivers.
The ag research panel will dig into controversial plans to move the Economic Research Service and National Institute of Food and Agriculture out of the Beltway by the end of 2019.
And, subcommittees are planning hearings on USDA's trade relief program for farmers and ranchers.
**Idaho farm income fell for a second straight year in 2018 largely due to overproduction by dairy farmers.
Agweb.com reports, the University of Idaho Extension report estimates total net farm income declined 27 percent to $902 million.
Farm cash receipts from commodity sales, estimated at about $7.2 billion, were relatively flat.