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Strengthening Health and Farm & Ranch Vitality: Tools You Can Use

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Health, access to care and health insurance affect the vitality of agricultural enterprises and farm and ranch families, according to results from a national research project funded by the USDA.

The webinar was designed for Extension, agricultural advisors, tax, loan, health insurance and health professionals.

The webinar will provide an overview of USDA and other research findings. It will introduce some practical tools educators and advisors can use to help farmers and ranchers make informed decisions for their health and farm vitality.

Participants will leave the webinar with:
  • An understanding of the intersection of health and farm and ranch vitality grounded in 2016-2017 national research findings.
  • Information about impacts of stress on mental, physical and financial health and well-being of farmers and ranchers.
  • Tools to use in supporting farmers and ranchers, videos, fact sheets, a guide to conducting state Farm Vitality and Health Forums and Smart Choice-Smart Use Health Insurance™ programs.

Scheduled speakers include: Adam Kantrovich, Associate Professor Agribusiness (Clemson University), Shoshanah Inwood Assistant Professor, Rural Sociology (The Ohio State University), Bonnie Braun, Professor Emerita, Family Economics and Jesse Ketterman, Extension Family Finance Educator (University of Maryland Extension), Maria Pippidis, County Director and Extension Family & Consumer Sciences Educator (University of Delaware Cooperative Extension). Others to be added as confirmed.

The project is supported by the Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development, the University of Maryland Extension, the University of Delaware Cooperative Extension and the Agricultural and Food Research Initiative Competitive Program of the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), grant number 2015-2014-05623.


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