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Farm Stress

Farm stressors can come from many directions including the agricultural system, farm and family finances, mental and physical health challenges, and relationship difficulties. A healthy response to these challenges involves paying attention to the stressors within all of these areas and determining coping strategies that are useful in each area.

2019 Farm & Ranch Stress Summit 

SDSU Extension and the South Dakota Counseling Association held the Farm & Ranch Stress Summit September 23 – 25, 2019. 

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September 23, 2019 presentation at the Arrowhead Resort in Oacoma, SD by Dr. Mike Rosmann, talking about the differences between the agricultural population and the general populace in their behavior health and healthcare.

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SDSU Extension and Pioneer Memorial Hospital Partner to Provide Farm Stress Workshops in Viborg on November 21

November 18, 2019

SDSU Extension is partnering with the Pioneer Memorial Hospital to host two Farm Stress Workshops on Nov. 21 in Viborg at Pioneer Memorial Hospital.

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Stress Management With Mindfulness

Finding ways to decrease your stress level in a healthy way is important for managing stress in the long-term. This can be done with mindfulness and a variety of tools.

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South Dakota Farm and Ranch Stress Summit – Save the Date

August 13, 2019

The SDSU Extension Rural Behavioral Health Team is partnering with the South Dakota Counselors Association (SDCA) to host a three-day South Dakota Farm and Ranch Stress Summit, September 23-25. The Summit will be held at the Arrowwood Cedar Shore Resort & Conference Center in Oacoma, SD.

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SDSU Extension Offers Mental Health First Aid Training in Sioux Falls

August 02, 2019

The mental health first aid course will provide tools to identify when a person may be struggling with their mental health or a substance use problem.

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Resources, Tools & Support Provided During SDSU Extension Farm Stress Workshops

May 10, 2019

Over time, the impacts of low markets and extreme weather can take a toll on South Dakota’s farmers, ranchers and those who care about them.

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Dutch Dakota Dairy at Lake Preston South Dakota is inundated with snow after a recent blizzard that has made farm facility access very difficult due to extreme snow depth. Courtesy: Truus Schukking

Available Disaster Resources Given Recent Weather Events

Given the recent havoc endured by producers in the upper mid-west by the spring blizzard or even prior flooding we are aware that many producers have incurred losses. There are several programs available through the Farm Service Agency (FSA) and the Natural Resources Conservation Service to help provide assistance.

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SDSU Extension Supports Farmers & Ranchers During Stressful Time

September 12, 2019

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.

Farm Stress, Flood Resources for Agriculture

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Keeping Your Financial Records Secure

When a family emergency or disaster occurs, having quick access to important financial documents is essential.

A family emergency kit in a gray plastic tote. Photo by Zachary Kittrie

Flood Safety Considerations for Youth

Much like any event or disaster, the time to prepare for a flood is before it happens. Families should prepare for events by having a conversation with family members.