12:00pm - 1:00pm
Covid-19 has brought unprecedented changes to our lives. Amidst it all, farms and families have to keep functioning. Are you working from home? Are you helping your kids learn from a distance? Are you trying to farm or ranch through all these changes? Mental health specialist Monica McConkey and agricultural education professor Amy Smith will join moderator Extension educator Megan Roberts to talk about strategies to learn, work, and thrive from home during a spring planting season unlike any other.
About our Presenters:
Monica Kramer McConkey, LPC has 25 years of experience in the behavioral health field as a child and adolescent counselor, program supervisor, and administrator. Monica grew up on a farm in Northwest Minnesota and has an intimate understanding of the dynamics that contribute to farm stress and its impact on farm families. Monica is very much in touch with the agricultural way of life.
Amy Smith is an Associate Professor of Agricultural Education at the University of Minnesota. There, she teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses and conducts research on school and community-based agricultural education, teacher recruitment and retention. She provides support for developing, new and veteran teachers, encouraging work/life integration in order to avoid burnout. Personally, Amy is a single mom to a medically-complex 9 year old son, Treynor. While she doesn't have it all figured out, she understands the critical importance of prioritizing things that matter most.
Megan Roberts is a University of Minnesota Extension educator. Her Extension work primarily focuses on farm transition, farm resiliency, and women in ag. Her most recent research explored farmer emotional and financial wellbeing. Megan is proud to live on a hog and crop farm with her husband and young son.