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Stress Management Resources for Farmers and Ranchers

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Submitted by Craig Askim, Extension Agent/Agriculture and Natural Resources              

To say the 2019 growing/harvest season has been stressful is a huge understatement. People of all ages well-being has been tested throughout rural North Dakota. People must understand it is ok not to be ok and help is available. Below is a listing of resources that anyone can access. If anyone needs to talk about these agriculture issues, I am here to listen and not judge. The worst option on this subject is silence. Things may look grim but you are not alone and help is available, so please ask. Everyone is important!

With the current stresses in agriculture across the region due to weather issues and other difficulties, it is vital to provide farm and ranch populations with access to helpful resources as tools for managing stress, pursuing wellness, and building resilience. NDSU Extension has six new educational resource publications available on aspects of managing farm stress, available online in PDF and other formats. Links to these resource publications are below. You may also obtain printed copies of the material directly through your county Extension office or via the (NDSU) Distribution Center at ndsu.distributionctr@ndsu.edu (Blaine Erovick).

All of these resources and other rural stress resources including educational publications, short videos, podcast links, resource links, and other items can be accessed at the NDSU Extension farm stress website at: 

Please share these resources with others in your electronic and other communities! Also, reach out to us if we can be of assistance regarding farm and ranch stress concerns.

Source: Sean Brotherson, Ph.D., NDSU Professor and Extension Family Science Specialist

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