"Let 'em know that they're not alone," Lori Mercer said.
Mercer is a crisis hotline operator at Farm Aid.
"The realm that they're functioning in is, is very much dependent on factors that they just can't control, and that's, that's just a tough place to try to, to make a living when, when you put your seeds in the ground and cross your fingers," Mercer said.
Suicide is a major issue within the farming community across the US.
Data from the US Centers for Disease Control shows farmers are twice as likely to die by suicide than those in other industries.
Now Farm Aid has a dedicated Spanish language hotline.
"The Spanish hotline operates Mondays through Fridays between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM Eastern time, so that would be 6:00 AM to 2:00 PM Pacific time," Mercer said.
Farm Aid is the nonprofit first organized as a benefit concert for family farmers during the farm crisis of the 1980s. It has been operating a crisis hotline in English since its founding.
Mercer said the new Spanish language line is part of a dedicated push within the farming community to address what she describes as historic “discrimination, marginalization, and denial-of-services” to farmers and agriculture workers of color.
"Many of the programs that are coming out, even government programs through USDA are aimed at supporting Latinx farmers and farm workers, and obviously one of the most elemental issues is being able to get that information in your language," Mercer said.
Mercer said farmers in need, for suicide crisis, or other farming crises like a dry well, can call 1-800-FARM-AID (1-800-327-6243) for help in both English and Spanish or go online to FarmAid.org for the farmer resource network at any time.