Farm Groups Launch Free Stress Management Course


Farm Credit, American Farm Bureau and National Farmers Union right this moment introduced the launch of a farm stress administration on-line coaching course obtainable for most of the people.

Developed by Michigan State University Extension (MSU Extension) and University of Illinois Extension (Illinois Extension), the course will assist farmers, their households and neighbors establish and deal with stress. It offers members the abilities to know the sources of stress, handle their very own stress, study the warning indicators of stress and suicide, establish efficient communication methods, and join farmers and ranchers with acceptable psychological well being and different assets.

The challenges of ongoing low commodity costs, commerce wars and excessive climate occasions have dramatically affected farmers and ranchers for years. Add the COVID-19 pandemic and its financial disruptions, and that stress multiplies. Stress amongst farmers and ranchers is felt all through farm operations and seeps into cities and cities throughout the nation.

The course builds on previous coaching supplies developed starting in 2016, and tailor-made for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency in 2019. Additional programs and particular coaching have since educated workers and members of Farm Credit, Farm Bureau and Farmers Union nationwide.

Making the announcement right this moment by way of webcast had been: • Todd Van Hoose, President and CEO, Farm Credit Council • Zippy Duvall, President, American Farm Bureau Federation • Mike Stranz, Vice President of Advocacy, National Farmers Union • Cheryl L. Eschbach, Director, Health and Nutrition Institute, Michigan State University Extension

• Courtney Cuthbertson, Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist, University of Illinois Extension