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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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Helping Kids Cope and Understand Disasters/Flooding

South Dakota and many of our neighboring states are experiencing flooding and natural disasters. How children experience traumatic events and how they express their lingering distress depends, in large part, on the children's age and level of development.

aerial view of a flooded farm in late winter. FEMA News Photo

Inundaciones: sugerencias útiles

La primavera en el Medio Oeste siempre trae el riesgo de inundaciones, sea por la nieve que se derrite o por lluvia en exceso.

small group of cattle in a flooded pasture. FEMA News Photo

Livestock Loss Assistance

The Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) is designed to provide a payment to livestock owners or contract growers who experience excess livestock deaths due to adverse weather, including winter storms, floods, extreme cold and blizzards, eligible disease and eligible attacks.

small group of cattle on a small piece of dry land surrounded by flood waters. FEMA News Photo

Spring Flooding: Preserving Your Ability to Care for Your Animals

When the winter snowfall begins to melt, oftentimes into ground already saturated from fall precipitation, significant areas in the state can face severe flooding in the spring.

Sand Bagged home in surrounded by flood water. FEMA News Photo

Managing Flooding Around Home Structures

As South Dakota and our surrounding neighbors begin to deal with the consequences of spring snowmelt and the dramatic flash flooding that came about from the region’s most recent winter storm, we can only hope that conditions begin to improve quickly.

neighborhood street flooded with melted snow and water runoff. FEMA News Photo

Flood Insurance

The higher amounts of snow this year will increase the chance of flooding and the potential water damage to homes and residential properties. Now is the time to consider purchasing a flood insurance policy.

A group of ranchers meeting out in the range.

A Five-Step Approach to Alleviating 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.

A group of farmers and ranchers sitting at a meeting

Communication: Importance of Social Support in Agriculture

Maintaining open communication and seeking social support can help producers get through difficult times.

A young woman and her boss reviewing a project on a laptop.

Stress in the Workplace

David Spiegel, Stanford Psychiatrist says that living a stress free life is not a reasonable goal; the goal is to deal with it actively and effectively. I have often heard that the only people who do not have stress are dead people so when I put it in those terms, I think I will choose the stress!