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Farm Bureau discussed opioids and mental health

Ruth Meirick, director of the Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation, held up a Deterra drug deactivation kit, used to deactivate prescription medication so that it can be tossed in the garbage. The Todd County Farm Bureau has distributed the most of these in Greater Minnesota.

by Trinity Gruenberg

The Todd County Farm Bureau held a dinner at the Clarissa Ballroom on June 2 with speaker Ruth Meirick discussing issues facing our rural farmers and ranchers. Discussion included opioid use and mental health.

Deb Durheim with the Farm Bureau organized the event to make the community aware of the issues and let people know that help is available. Over 75 people were in attendance.

Meirick is the director of the Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation. Farming and agriculture have been a part of her life since she was born. Her father passed away when she was 10, without life insurance, and she learned over the years how difficult life on the farm was financially.

She has been with the Farm Bureau for 25 years serving in various capacities. . .

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