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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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Healthy Ways to Reduce Stress

Effective stress management techniques can help you approach managing your stress in a healthy manner, such as practicing good time management, having realistic expectations, practicing relaxation techniques, or becoming more physically active.

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Recognizing Symptoms of Stress During Farming Challenges

Fact sheet to help recognize symptoms of stress during a farming challenge.

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Leading Through COVID-19 on the Farm and Ranch

Producers can be quick to adapt and utilize technology, but sometimes need a little nudge in other areas. COVID-19 sometimes feels like one of the areas that agriculture needs a nudge in.

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SWOT Analysis for Your Ranch (And Don’t Forget About Yourself)

A SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) analysis is something that you can sit down and complete during this first month or so of 2020 so that you can set your operation up for success as we move into the more hectic times that spring brings.

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SDSU Extension to Host “Communicating with Farmers Under Stress” Workshop January 10

December 27, 2019

SDSU Extension will facilitate a “Communicating with Farmers Under Stress” workshop Friday, January 10, at 11:00 AM CST in the Huron Regional Medical Center Auditorium.

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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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