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Val Farmer has been a strong voice and presence in agriculture since the early 80s. He has a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Arizona in 1976. He practiced in North and South Dakota for 31 years prior to moving to the St. Louis area in 2006 where he enjoys semi-retirement. He has been married for 53 years and has seven children and 29 grandchildren.
He was a newspaper columnist for 28 years from 1984 -2012. He specialized in rural mental health topics and his column was carried in the major ag papers throughout the Midwest. His archived columns are accessed on his website, www.valfarmer.com. He was a weekly guest on a radio call-in show Agri-Talk from 1994-2002. Val continues to provide consultation and mediation services for multi-farm families experiencing conflict.
Mental Health in Agriculture Plenary Panel
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