Communicating with famers under stress

Stress becomes especially palpable when commodity prices are low, and caring for your own health and wellness in this high-stress profession is as important as caring for your bottom line.

Farmers know how to take care of their animals and crops, taking careful steps to ensure that they are healthy and safe. Unfortunately, some farmers don’t take the same care in monitoring and managing their own mental and physical stress and fatigue. Stress becomes especially palpable when commodity prices are low, and caring for your own health and wellness in this high-stress profession is as important as caring for your bottom line. Whether these stresses come from a financial issue or the stresses of everyday life, Michigan State University Extension can help.

MSU Extension has developed a workshop specially designed for people who work with agricultural producers and farm families who want to know more about managing farm-related stress and learn ways to approach and communicate with those in need. Farmers and those within the agricultural industry have a tendency to be eternal optimists, but with all of the variability in agriculture, there are times when we can become overwhelmed and stressed more than usual.

The 1.5-2 hour workshop can be tailored to any audience:

  • Adam Kantrovich discussing the present agricultural market situation with an overview of how this has affected a farm’s financial situation and cash flow.
  • Roger Betz discussing his experiences working with farm families that are under financial distress.
  • Suzanne Pish highlighting the detrimental impact of stress on our body and state of mind, providing information on how to recognize some of the warning signs of depression, self-harm and mental illness.

To find an upcoming workshop in your area or arrange for a workshop to be delivered at your organization or business, contact Adam Kantrovich at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

For more on managing farm stress, visit MSU Extension.

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