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Farmers face a higher risk of suicide. The Texas Agriculture Department wants $500,000 a year to change that.

The department’s helpline is less than a year old. But advocates hope state lawmakers fully fund it as farmers and ranchers continue to face hard economic times and isolation.

Grant Heinrich, Operations Manager for Pro Agri Spraying, stands outside of his Slaton business Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2022.

“The middle of nowhere”

Grant Heinrich, Operations Manager for Pro Agri Spraying, stands outside in a field near his Slaton business  Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2022.
Grant Heinrich, Operations Manager for Pro Agri Spraying, sits in his Slaton business Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2022.

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