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Down on the Farm (Willmar, MN) January 30, 2018

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Ridgewater College

2101 15th Ave NW

Rm A240 - Building A (next to Student Ctr.)

Willmar, MN 56201

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Down on the Farm: Supporting Farmers in Stressful Times

Stress factors are on the rise for Minnesota farmers. Many face financial problems, price and marketing uncertainties, farm transfer issues, production challenges, and more. You may know farmers who are struggling with stress, anxiety, depression, burnout, feelings of indecision, or suicidal thoughts.

Maybe you want to help, but aren’t sure what to say or do. Or maybe you find yourself having to deliver difficult news to farmers in emotionally charged situations. This three hour workshop will help you recognize and respond when you suspect a farmer or farm family member might need help.

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize the signs of mental and emotional distress and crisis.

  • Learn to use active listening skills.

  • Learn about local and regional resources available to farmers in distress or crisis, and able to refer appropriately.

  • Improve your confidence about delivering difficult information to farmers.

  • Be able to use anger de-escalation strategies when necessary.

  • Understand how and why to take care of your own emotional and mental health in stressful situations.


MAJOR SPONSORS: Blue Cross Blue Shield Minnesota, Minnesota Department of Agriculture

SPONSORS: AgCentric, Compeer Financial, Minnesota Corn Growers Association, Minnesota Sheriffs’ Association, Southern Minnesota Center of Agriculture, University of Minnesota Extension

SUPPORTERS: Minnesota Farm Bureau, Minnesota Farmers Union


How do I register?

Click on Select a Time and choose either the AM or PM session. Then click on Register and select the number of attendees your are registering. Finally, click on Checkout and enter your contact information.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No. We will have a check-in list at the door.

Can I get continuing education credits?

We've requested CEC approval from Certified Crop Adviser, Minnesota Board of Veterinary Medicine, and Minnesota Board of Social Work. We will verify attendance for nurses, who are responsible for determining whether this course meets the MN Board of Nursing’s continuing education requirements. If you want more info about CECs, call us at the number below.

Who can I call for more information?

Call the MDA at 651-201-6012.

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Ridgewater College

2101 15th Ave NW

Rm A240 - Building A (next to Student Ctr.)

Willmar, MN 56201

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