'MTSU On the Record' explores suicide in agricultural industry

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MURFREESBORO -- A new governmental panel designed to help farmers survive the stressors unique to their profession is the subject of the next "MTSU On the Record" radio program.

Host Gina Logue's interview with Chaney Mosley, an assistant professor of agricultural education at MTSU, will air from 9:30 to 10 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27, and from 6 to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, on WMOT-FM Roots Radio 89.5 and www.wmot.org.

Mosley is one of 17 members of the new Farmers Suicide Prevention Task Force, which the Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network created in partnership with the Tennessee Department of Agriculture.

The new panel is studying the issue of suicide among farmers in Tennessee. Some of the organizations represented on the task force include agriculture extension services, Farm Bureau, and producers of pork, beef, poultry, soybeans and dairy products.

"The job of the farmer is a heavy lift, and with such a tremendous responsibility comes significant amounts of stress," Mosley said. "There are not too many industries ... where the livelihood of the individual -- in this case, the farmer -- is dependent upon the weather."

To hear previous "MTSU On the Record" programs, go to http://bit.ly/mtsu-otr.

For more information about the radio program, contact Logue at 615-898-5081 or WMOT-FM at 615-898-2800.

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