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Down on the Farm

Supporting Farmers in difficult times

Down on the Farm Brochure

AgCentric, Southern Minnesota Center of Excellence of Agriculture, Minnesota Department of Ag, are partnering with other Minnesota organizations and companies to put on a free stress management workshops. Stress factors are on the rise for Minnesota farmers. Many face financial problems, price and marketing uncertainties, farm transfer issues, production challenges, and more.

This workshop is for you if you know farmers who are struggling with stress, anxiety, depression, burnout, feelings of indecision, or suicidal thoughts, or if you have to deliver difficult news to farmers in emotionally charged situations, it’s hard to know what to say or do. Whether you are a farmer or you deal with farmers in this workshop will teach you:

  • Active listening skills
  • Local and regional resources available to farmers
  • Recognize the signs of mental and emotional distress
  • Understand how and why to take care of your emotional and mental health

Presenters include:

Ted Matthews, M Ed, Director of Mental Health Outreach; Ted works with exclusivity with farmers and farm families statewide.

Randy Wills, Deputy Director for Professional Development, Minnesota Sheriffs’ Association

Michelle Page, Executive Officer, USDA Farm Service Agency

Meg Moynihan, Senior Advisor, MN Department of Agriculture

Dates and locations are as follows:

January 30 – Ridgewater College room A240 Building A, Willmar

January 31 – Southwest Minnesota State University lower ballroom, Marshall

February 21 – Riverland College WESt A237/ A240, Austin

February 22 – South Central College Heritage Hall, North Mankato

March 14 – Itasca Community College Room 015 Backus Student Center, Grand Rapids

March 15 – Northland Community & Technical College Assemble Room 203, Thief River Falls

We’ve requested three CECs from Certified Crop Adviser, Minnesota Board of Social Work, and Minnesota Veterinary Association. We will verify attendance for nurses, who are responsible for determining whether this course meets the MN Board of Nursing’s continuing education requirements. To confirm CEC offerings, call 651-201-6616.

For questions call 651-201-6012

To register for this free workshop visit www.mdadownonthefarm.eventbrite.com