Farmers know how to take care of their animals and crops, taking careful steps to ensure that they are healthy and safe. Unfortunately, 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, MSU Extension can help. If you’re concerned about yourself, a family member, a friend or a neighbor MSU Extension has resources and educators that can help you identify and manage stress.
MSU Extension provides trusted, evidenced-based education and expertise in:
- Markets and Financials
- Risk Management Plans and Farm Analysis Information
- Managing Stress, Anger or Depression
July 31, 2012 | Suzanne Pish | Learn how to address the stress and prioritize the financial needs of your family in the face of economic strife.
July 31, 2012 | Suzanne Pish | Farmers' children are feeling the same stress that farm owners face in this era of drought.
June 29, 2012 | Suzanne Pish | During times of economic stress, family and community members can offer one another a great amount of support. Be attentive to signs of depression and suicidal behavior in farming individuals and families.
June 13, 2012 | Karen L. Pace | Spring heat wave and hard frosts take an emotional toll on growers, farm workers and families.
June 6, 2012 | Suzanne Pish | It is important to know how to manage stress levels and to reduce the effects of unwanted stress to avoid accidents.