March News from North Central Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Center
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Newsletter - March 2021

 
 

Greetings and happy spring!

 
 

As we enter a new season of longer days and warmer weather, we acknowledge the importance of spring for agricultural producers, workers, and their families in the north central region. Spring signals the start of what will hopefully be a productive growing season. With the promise of high yields and bountiful crops come unpredictable challenges and stressors related to time constraints and weather delays. The North Central Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Center continues to provide resources and services to assist agricultural producers, workers, and stakeholders in managing stress and mental health during stressful seasons. Between September and February, our key network collaborators have delivered over 30 training programs, such as Mental Health First Aid, Communicating with Farmers under Stress, Weathering the Storm, QPR, and more to over 1,200 agricultural producers and stakeholders in the 12-state region. In addition, the NCFRSAC has added over 60 course instructors, increasing capacity for training programs in the north central region. We invite you to continue to share this newsletter and continue to check in monthly for updates from the North Central Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Center.

Sincerely,
Josie Rudolphi, josier@illinois.edu
Courtney Cuthbertson, cuthbert@illinois.edu
University of Illinois Extension

 
   
 

Key Network Collaborator Update

 
 

University of Missouri Extension

 
 
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The University of Missouri Extension will deliver programs to help farmers, ranchers, families and youth navigate challenges and stressors while developing careers and building sustainable agriculture enterprises.

During year one, we will provide “Mental Health First Aid" for youth and adult face-to-face and virtual online workshops; offer “Taking Care of You” a multi-session evidenced-based program developed by the University of Missouri Extension to help individuals deal with stress; and facilitate “Q.P.R.” online and face-to-face classes. Next, we will maintain a farm and ranch stress web-based and social media presence. Lastly, the University of Missouri’s Psychological Services Clinic (MU PSC) will use brief, solution-focused teletherapy to improve access to mental health services. Skills for Psychology Recovery (SPR) for Farm Stress will take a strength-building approach to help producers and their families build resilience and support good behavioral health adjustment in the face of acute and longer-term crises.

Missouri mental health resources are found on the Show-Me Strong Farm Families website.

 
   
 

Resource Spotlight

 
 
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Wisconsin’s Resilient Farms, Families and Communities Resource Center

 
 

In 2019, a University of Wisconsin Extension multi-disciplinary team came together to work across the agriculture; youth; behavioral health; and health and well-being program areas on issues of farm and rural stress and mental health. One of the team’s initial activities was to develop a comprehensive resource center titled Resilient Farms, Families, Businesses and Communities.” This resource was designed around four primary program domains:

An evaluation in late 2020 showed that the resource center had been accessed by people in all 50 states with about 11,000 article “reads” annually. Several of the most-read articles were connected to business and household financial planning. The resource center contains a curated inventory of 14 programs aimed directly at farmers and their families or rural service providers. One goal of the center is to provide “ready-to-go” program tools, publications, and other information that can be used by educators as they partner with other groups, organizations, or agencies. The team leading this effort is grateful to have the opportunity to partner on financial interventions and other programs with the North Central Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Center and also as the academic partner on a $1M farm mental health and suicide prevention program in southwest Wisconsin funded by the Wisconsin Partnership Program.

 
   
 

Partner Highlight

 
 

Ohio State University Extension

 
 

Ohio State University Extension is fortunate to have assembled a cross-section of organizations to partner with in our educational efforts related to farm and rural stress. The partner organizations represent the diversity of agriculture in Ohio and include:   

  • Ag Credit
  • Farm Credit
  • Ohio Agribusiness Association
  • Ohio Department of Agriculture
  • Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association
  • Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation
  • Ohio Farmer’s Union
  • Ohio Pork Council
  • Ohio Soybean Association

Ohio State University Extension is also pleased that Central State University Extension, the County Commissioners Association of Ohio, Ohio State Office of Rural Health, and the Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation have agreed to partner in helping guide the development of farm and rural stress educational programs and resources needed in Ohio’s agricultural community.

 
 
 
 
 

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