This week is National Farm Safety Week.

“Farming is still one of the most dangerous professions,” said Local Ag Expert Kent Thiesse. “When you look at the percentages of serious accidents and deaths farming still ranks towards the top of any profession.”

Thiesse says the week not only focuses on the physical aspect of farming but also the mental health of those in the industry.

“Farming is your way of life, your family life, and your business,” said Thiesse. “When you mix them together, and you don’t have the separation, it can lead to some issues.”

Thiesse says farming has one of the highest suicide rates of any profession.