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SDSU Extension Seeks Participants for Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network Focus Groups

BROOKINGS, S.D. - South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension personnel invite individuals involved in farming, ranching and other agriculture-related occupations to participate in a statewide comprehensive needs assessment on farm/ranch stress and mental health as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network (USDA FRSAN) program. The purpose of FRSAN is to connect individuals involved in the agriculture industry to stress assistance programs.

The comprehensive needs assessment is a three-part process, which includes key informant interviews, focus groups and a mailed survey. Key informant interviews have already been completed, while the survey is still being developed and will be distributed across the state this spring.

Prospective participants for these focus groups include farmers, ranchers and anyone who works with farmers or ranchers, including but not limited to spouses, agribusiness professionals and agricultural educators.

In each focus group, participants will be asked a series of questions regarding their perceptions on farm stress and mental health and will have the opportunity to listen to and discuss topics with one another. Upon completion of the focus group, participants will receive a $30 Amazon gift card for their time.

Multiple focus group opportunities will be available throughout February and March in both in-person and online formats. All dates, times and locations can be found in the schedule below.

Schedule

In-person sessions will be held at SDSU Extension Regional Centers, while online sessions will meet via Zoom.

  • Feb 1: Sioux Falls Regional Center - 10:00 a.m. CST
  • Feb 2: Rapid City Regional Center - 10:00 a.m. MT
  • Feb 3: Online via Zoom - 10:00 a.m. CST/9:00 a.m. MT
  • Feb 4: Online via Zoom - 10:00 a.m. CST/9:00 a.m. MT
  • Feb 8: Online via Zoom - 10:00 a.m. CST/9:00 a.m. MT
  • Feb 9: Sioux Falls Regional Center - 10:00 a.m. CST
  • Feb 11: Pierre Regional Center - 10:00 a.m. CST
  • Feb 14: Watertown Regional Center - 10:00 a.m. CST
  • Feb 15: Online via Zoom - 10:00 a.m. CST/9:00 a.m. MT
  • Feb 16: Rapid City Regional Center - 10:00 a.m. MT
  • Feb 22: Online via Zoom - 10:00 a.m. CST/9:00 a.m. MT
  • Feb 23: Lemmon Regional Center - 10:00 a.m. MT
  • Feb 24: Winner Regional Center- 10:00 a.m. CST
  • Feb 24: Rapid City Regional Center- 10:00 a.m. MT
  • Feb 28: Online via Zoom - 10:00 a.m. CST/9:00 a.m. MT
  • March 1: Mitchell Regional Center - 10:00 a.m. CST
  • March 2: Aberdeen Regional Center - 10:00 a.m. CST

Registration

To reserve your spot in a focus group, please visit: https://sdsuextensionfocusgroups3.questionpro.com

For more information, please reach out to Dr. Andrea Bjornestad at Andrea.Bjornestad@sdstate.edu or 605-688-5125.

This project is funded by USDA-NIFA 2020-70028-32728.