SPOTLIGHT: Workshop – Navigating Conflict and Tough Conversations in Agriculture

SPOTLIGHT: Workshop – Navigating Conflict and Tough Conversations in Agriculture

MAY 2019

Inspired by feedback from last year’s Down on the Farm: Supporting Farmers in Stressful Times events, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture is hosting a new 3-hour workshop that will be offered at six locations around the state.

Read on for more information and share with others who may be interested in attending.

This content was originally published by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. Shared with permission.

Workshop – Navigating Conflict and Tough Conversations in Agriculture

Stressful times in agriculture can trigger bad news and difficult conversations. Fortunately, these situations don’t have to be uncomfortable or unproductive. Learn ways to prepare yourself for smoother interactions that will lead to better outcomes for everyone.

This free, 3-hour workshop offers strategies and tips you can use to bring your best self forward to the tough talks ahead, and precautions to keep yourself safe in highly charged situations.


Lenders, mediators, agency staff, clergy, educators, farmers, veterinarians, social service providers, and other agricultural advisors and businesspeople.

2019 DATES

(All sessions run 9:00 am – 12 noon)

June 18 – Detroit Lakes, Minnesota Community & Technical College
June 19 – Thief River Falls, Northland Community and Technical College
June 20 – Duluth, Lake Superior College
July 8 – Marshall, Minnesota West Community & Technical College
July 9 – Faribault, South Central College
July 10 – St. Cloud, Saint Cloud Technical & Community College



  • Reduce personal anxiety and fear about interpersonal conflict.
  • Understand how self-awareness and group dynamics contribute to successful outcomes.
  • Recognize the importance of using framing and reflecting techniques in discussion.
  • Explore the connection between conflict and change.
  • Learn precautions you can take to keep yourself safe at work – both in and outside your office.

CEUs: All participants receive certificates of attendance. 3 CEUs are approved by the Minnesota Board of Social Work and in review by the Minnesota Board of Veterinary medicine. Teachers, nurses, pastors, and others are responsible for determining whether this workshop meets their profession’s certification and licensing requirements.


Denise Stromme, M.A. is a University of Minnesota Extension educator in the Center for Community Vitality. She has more than 35 years of experience helping adults develop the skills, connections, and confidence they need to realize their goals. Born and raised in Detroit Lakes, Denise has degrees in Education and Intercultural Management which have led her to live and work across the U.S. and abroad. Local law enforcement will teach the personal safety portion of the workshop.

This workshop is supported by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under award number 2018-38640-28416 through the North Central Region SARE program under project number ENC18-170. The MDA and USDA are equal opportunity employers and service providers. The opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this workshop do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Individuals with a disability who need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this event please contact Stephen Moser at 651-201-6012 or through the Minnesota Relay Service at 711 as soon as possible.