Originally authored by Suzanne Stluka, former SDSU Extension Food & Families Program Director.
BROOKINGS, S.D. – SDSU Extension invites South Dakota’s farm and ranch families as well as agri-business professionals and service providers who work with them, to attend programming uniquely designed to provide healthy, stress management strategies as well as support strategies when dealing with the impacts of chronic stress or working with those suffering from chronic stress.
Held April 15, 2019 in Aberdeen, Sioux Falls, Pierre and Rapid City, the two workshops are Communicating with Farmers Under Stress, for business professionals and service providers; and Weathering the Storm in Agriculture: How to Cultivate a Productive Mindset, for farm and ranch families.
“Numerous factors cause stress for farmers and ranchers. They face financial problems, price and marketing uncertainties, farm transfer issues, production challenges and more.”
The workshops are designed to help farm and ranch families, and those who they rely on for goods and services, to understand the signs and symptoms of chronic stress, and how to handle stress, explained Andrea Bjornestad, Assistant Professor & SDSU Extension Mental Health Specialist.
“You may know farmers or ranchers who struggle with stress, anxiety, depression, burnout, indecision or suicidal thoughts. You may want to help, but maybe you are not sure what to say or do. We want to empower South Dakotans with access to resources and information so they can help those they love and work with,” Bjornestad said.
Communicating with Farmers Under Stress workshop is designed for agri-business professionals and service providers. It begins at 9 a.m. MT / 10 a.m. CT until 1 p.m. MT / 2 p.m. CT. The workshop is designed to help participants with the following:
- Build awareness around potentially stressful conditions affecting some farmers.
- Learn stress triggers, identify signs of stress, and review helpful techniques for responding.
- Learn techniques for identifying, approaching and working with farmers who may not cope with stress effectively.
- Learn where to go for additional help.
To help cover costs, this workshop is $30 and includes lunch and handouts. To register, visit the Events page and search by the April 15, 2019 event date.
Weathering the Storm in Ag: How to Cultivate a Productive Mindset workshop is designed for farm and ranch families. The evening meal and workshop are provided at no cost to participants.
The event begins at 5:30 p.m. MT / 6:30 p.m. CT and ends at 7 p.m. MT / 8 p.m. CT. Families are encouraged to attend and bring their children as SDSU Extension 4-H team members will provide programming to youth in attendance.
During the workshop, participants will:
- Identify stress signs and symptoms.
- Practice three everyday strategies for managing stress.
- Make an action plan for managing stress.
- Find out where to go for more help and resources.
- Be provided with brief market and climate forecasts to be better prepared, informed, and ready to take action.
To register for this free event, visit the Events page and search by the April 15, 2019 event date.
April 15 workshops will be held at SDSU Extension Regional Centers and the West River Ag Center.
Locations are listed below:
- Aberdeen: 13 2nd Ave SE, Aberdeen, SD 57401
- Sioux Falls: 2001 E 8th St, Sioux Falls, SD 57103
- Pierre: 412 W. Missouri Ave., Pierre, SD 57501
- Rapid City: 1905 Plaza Boulevard, Rapid City, SD 57702
Save the date for May 23, 2019 in Lemmon, Mitchell, Watertown and Winner
If you are unable to attend the April 15 workshops, SDSU Extension will host the same workshops, at the same times, May 23, 2019 at SDSU Extension Regional Centers in Lemmon, Mitchell, Watertown and Winner.
SDSU Extension is making the Communicating with Farmers Under Stress training available to agencies and organizations. If you would like to learn more about this option, contact Krista Ehlert, Assistant Professor & SDSU Extension Range Specialist by email.
If you have questions about chronic stress and its impacts, contact Andrea Bjornestad, Assistant Professor & SDSU Extension Mental Health Specialist by email.