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Farm and Ranch Stress

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Life Beyond Breaking Even: Farm Economy Summit

January 29 & 30, 2018 – Bismarck State College, Bismarck

Join us for a two-day event on the farm economy, farm management options, managing stress and pursuing wellness in times of tight farming margins!

On Monday, January 29, farmers and ranchers can join us for a farm management workshop, agriculture and mental health professionals can participate in a workshop on working with distressed clients.

On Tuesday, January 30,everyone is invited to the 2018 Farm Economy Summit, where local, regional and national experts will provide us with information and strategies to navigate the current farm economy.

Jan. 24 is the registration deadline to assist with meal count and material preparation. Late registration and on-site registration is subject to a $25 late fee.

  • Farm Management Workshop, Jan. 29: $25
  • Working with Distressed Clients Workshop, Jan. 29: $25
  • Farm Economy Summit, Jan. 30: $25



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For More Information, Contact:

David Ripplinger, Bioenergy/Bioproducts Economics Specialist, at 701-231-5265 or

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Farm and Ranch Stress

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Worried! by Alon,

New: North Dakota Farm and Ranch Stress Resources Sheet

Farming and ranching is stressful – adverse weather, disease, regulations, low or volatile commodity prices, family dynamics, and financial worries are a constant. Stress can build and eventually take a heavy toll on your outlook.

Farmers and ranchers are unique business owners. Not only are they self-employed, there is often no separation between home and work. Present performance in an ever-changing environment needs to be successful as failure affects not only your business but your whole lifestyle.

If you find yourself or someone you know beginning to exhibit unusual behavior such as lack of focus/motivation, uncharacteristic anger, or alcohol abuse, it may be time to evaluate stress levels and the overall farm/ranch situation. If you feel or see a problem please do not ignore it. NDSU Extension has resources that address the many areas of stress.  You will find help in identifying signs of stress, how to transition the farm, and state agency links to name a few.

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Need Help Now ?

People often don’t get the help they need simply because they don’t know where to begin. If you are dealing with thoughts of depression or anxiety talk to your primary care physician and ask about available mental health services. If you don’t have a doctor, here are some resources you can use and services you can reach out to.

911 for an Emergency

If the situation is potentially life-threatening, get immediate emergency assistance by dialing 9-1-1.

Suicide Prevention Resources

Reach out for help

  • Common Ground (1-800-231-1127)
  • Reach out to a mental health provider
  • North Dakota 211
  • Reach out to a loved one – talk about how you are feeling
  • Talk to your friends, clergy, or medical provider

Refer to your safety plan


If you have questions about these resources, please contact NDSU Professor and Extension Family Science Specialist Sean Brotherson

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