Cultivating Resiliency for Women in Agriculture

Brenda Mack

The Cultivating Resiliency for Women in Agriculture project centers around the fact that farmwomen and women in agriculture have unique needs in responding to farm and agricultural stress because of the multiple roles they play.

The project is three-fold featuring a virtual telehelp webinar series that is both live and recorded, an online early-stress-detection questionnaire, and in-person presentations at women’s conferences.

coffee and computerVIRTUAL COFFEE CHATS

Grab a cup of coffee and join us for an opportunity to listen and share in our Cultivating Resiliency online “Coffee Chat” group.

Participants in our Cultivating Resiliency online sessions wanted a way for women to gather to offer them the opportunity to share what was on their minds related to agricultural stress in a safe place.



As of April 2019, there have been 292 in attendance during the live webinar sessions, 400 views of the recorded sessions and 325 questionnaire responses.

Grant co-leads Megan Roberts and Doris Mold have a mutual interest from their off-farm, farm and volunteer work in trying to better understand agricultural stress and develop programming to help people weather that stress. Their interest came together with the desire of American Agri-Women, District 11 Agri-Women, and Extension’s Women in Ag Network to do something tangible to help farmers and agriculturalists deal with stress.

While Megan and Doris coordinate the project they knew that they needed professional providers for the telehelp sessions and were fortunate to connect with Shauna Reitmeier MSW, LGSW, at the Building Resilient Agricultural Communities Forum in June. Shauna then introduced Brenda Mack LICSW to the project and the team was complete. Shauna and Brenda have credibility with the agricultural audience having both grown up on farms and being currently involved in rural communities.

The team has worked hard to develop programming that fits the needs of the participants and that has shown in participant feedback:


This is a great start, thank you for hosting this webinar. This is truly needing across the nation for both male and females.

You are all effective presenters. (Effective use of objective data and tools and from-the-heart experience.) Thank you!

I appreciate the hosts for their time. I really felt like I am better equipped to manage and adapt my own self-care plan

Online participants have come from 36 states and provinces with the majority coming from the Upper Midwest. For those completing the post session surveys the following was discovered: the audience is primarily women 23-72 years of age and they engage in production agriculture and other agricultural positions, often both.

The project has generated a large amount of media interest. Newspaper, magazine, and web articles and radio interviews along with social media posts. Plans are underway for an expanded project national in scope that will take what we has been learned to develop additional programming and assist more people.







Doris Mold
Past-President, American Agri-Women; Minnesota Agri-Women District 11 President;
Farm Business Management Instructor

Megan Roberts
Extension Educator, Co-Leader Minnesota Women in Ag Network, University of Minnesota Extension
Phone: 507-389-6722

This project has brought together American Agri-Women, District 11 Agri-Women, University of Minnesota Extension- Women in Ag Network and the Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center (UMASH) to work on this effort. Funding is provided by a UMASH grant.