Raising awareness of farm stress is important, but offering some tools to help weather the stress is critical.
A recently funded UMASH partner project is doing just that by launching an interactive online series to help women in agriculture cultivate resiliency by focusing on what they can control in these challenging times and connecting them with resources and information that can help them weather stress. This project is one example of how UMASH is building partnerships to address emerging issues in agriculture.
Read on to learn about this project and how to register for the webinars.
Doris Mold’s article was originally published in the Sioux Nation Ag Center Magazine Winter 2018 issue and is shared with permission.
Cultivating Resiliency for Women in Agriculture
Sunrise Agricultural Associates, LLC
It is cold, it is cloudy, money is tight, the holidays are coming and we are on edge.
Couple all of this with the normal ups and downs of living farming and/or ranching life and it can be quite the stressful roller coaster ride. Then factor in that women in agriculture are often juggling multiple roles on farms/ranches, in families, and off-farm jobs and that stress level rises. Women are often the glue that helps hold families and farms/ranches together, and if we don’t learn how to weather the stressors that we are facing, we could be in for a painful crash.
Women in agriculture are often juggling multiple roles on farms, in families, and off-farm jobs.
A new interactive online series is setting out to help women in agriculture cultivate resiliency by focusing on what they can control in these challenging times and connecting them with resources and information that can help them weather stress.
Series one will consist of six interactive sessions that will be 90 minutes in length and include a topic for discussion and then an interactive Q & A period. Sessions are free and you can register online. If you cannot make the sessions, all sessions will be recorded and posted on the American Agri-Women website.
The Cultivating Resiliency project includes interactive online sessions for women and a Weathering Stress in Agriculture online questionnaire. Recognizing that raising the awareness of farm stress is important, but offering some tools to help is critical.
This project has brought together American Agri-Women, District 11 Agri-Women, University of Minnesota Extension and the Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center (UMASH) to work on this effort of doing tangible things to help people weather stress. Funding is provided by a UMASH grant. With what is learned from this project an expanded national project will be developed.
The project leads for the Cultivating Resiliency for Women in Agriculture Project are:
Past-President, American Agri-Women; Minnesota Agri-Women District 11 President; Farm Business Management Instructor
Extension Educator, Co-Leader Minnesota Women in Ag Network, University of Minnesota Extension