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Stay Rooted Louisiana

The Stay Rooted Louisiana program is one of the department’s newest initiatives and aims to reduce farm stress among our agriculture communities. The program’s goals are to raise mental health awareness, provide training, and build resources. With Stay Rooted Louisiana, LDAF will focus on sharing tools and information to better equip Louisiana’s farming community to deal with Farm Succession, Financial Management, and Disaster Preparedness.

Farming is one of the most stressful occupations in the United States. Some of the common stressors include:
• Financial pressures and debt load
• Dependence on unpredictable weather and volatile markets
• Extreme outdoor work conditions
• Lack of personal time or little time to talk through difficult problems due to excessive workloads
• Intergenerational differences
• Health, pain, fatigue, or mobility issues connected to years of physical labor
• Strained family relationships


Stay Rooted Louisiana’s Geaux Book – Plan. Prepare. Geaux.

The Louisiana Department of Agriculture & Forestry is proud to launch “Plan. Prepare. Geaux.” our Stay Rooted Louisiana’s Geaux Book for farmers, ranchers, and landowners in Louisiana. This excel spreadsheet can be modified to fit your needs. There are sections for personal and business. While no one operation is the same, we have some information that will fit your needs and others that can be overlooked or deleted – the choice is yours!

This is an evolving project, and we hope that it can be fit to be utilized to assist in the personal and business aspects to keep our family farms ROOTED in Louisiana Agriculture.

Download your Geaux Book here.

Become a QPR Gatekeeper

QUESTION…the person about suicide, PERSUADE…the person to seek help, REFER…the person to the appropriate resource.

Question | Persuade | Refer
Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save lives, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. Each year thousands of Americans, like you, are saying “Yes” to saving the life of a friend, colleague, sibling, or neighbor.

-How to Question, Persuade and Refer someone who may be suicidal
-How to get help for yourself or learn more about preventing suicide
-The common causes of suicidal behavior
-The warning signs of suicide
-How to get help for someone in crisis

Our Gatekeeper course is taught in a clear, concise format using the latest in educational technology and practices. The course takes approximately one hour to complete. The training is FREE and open to anyone.


  1. Navigate to:
  2. Enter the organization code LDAF
  3. Select Create Account
  4. Complete and submit student registration form
  5. QPR will display and email the newly created Username and Password.
  6. Student can log in to begin training at

Need help? REACH OUT

National Suicide Prevention Lifelines
1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Nacional de Prevención del Suicidio – 1-888-628-9454

The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.

Disaster Distress Helpline
Call or Text 1-800-985-5990
A 24/7, 365-day-a-year, national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster. Spanish speakers can call the hotline and press “2”.

Crisis Text Line
Text “HOME” to 741741

Free 24/7 support for those in crisis. Text from anywhere in the U.S. to speak anonymously with a trained Crisis Counselor.

Veterans Crisis Line
1-800-273-8255 and press “1” or Text 838255

The Veterans Crisis Line connects Veterans and Service members in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring VA responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text, 24/7.