A state-sponsored nonprofit is starting a farmer peer support network to help Vermont farmers deal with stress and address their mental health needs. The program being created by Farm First aims to connect farmers to listen to one another, and to share what they’ve learned based on their own experiences, Vermont Public Radio reported. It’s also an entry point for farmers to talk with one of Farm First’s mental health professionals, the station reported. Farming is among the occupations at significantly higher risk for suicide, according to a report from the Vermont Department of Health earlier this year. Vermont’s farmers have faced the pandemic, inflation, high fuel prices, industry consolidation, climate change, family and weather challenges and continue to feel stress.