Stress training available

Issue Date: April 15, 2020

In recognition of the increasing stress placed on farmers and ranchers by the COVID-19 pandemic on top of low commodity prices, declining farm income, employee shortages and other issues, the American Farm Bureau Federation offers an online farm stress training program.

Provided in cooperation with Farm Credit, the National Farmers Union and Michigan State University Extension, Rural Resilience training provides value to anyone who is under stress. AFBF said the course is intended for people who interact with farmers and ranchers, providing skills to:

  • Understand the sources of stress.
  • Identify effective communication strategies.
  • Reduce stigma related to mental health.
  • Learn the warning signs of stress and suicide.

Any Farm Bureau member may register for the free online training at www.canr.msu.edu/managing_farm_stress/rural-resiliency-online-course-afbf.

AFBF estimated the timeline to complete the training sessions at 4-5 hours total, but once registered, a person may sign on and off and break the sessions into shorter segments.

Permission for use is granted, however, credit must be made to the California Farm Bureau Federation when reprinting this item.




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