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Farm stress: Sources and resources

Progressive Dairyman Editor Dave Natzke Published on 04 December 2018

Following is a list of events, websites, articles and other resources addressing farm stress. The list is provided as a service to dairy farm families and support teams. It is compiled from information collected from websites and other sources, and supplied by outside sources. Progressive Dairyman attempts to verify all resources listed, but appearance on the list does not represent an endorsement by Progressive Dairyman.

The list will be updated regularly. Send updates, suggestions or recommendations to Dave Natzke.




Rural Stress: Promising Practices and Future Directions, Dec. 10-11, 2018, Atlanta, Georgia.

Iowa Farm Bureau Webinar: Managing Stress in an Era of Ag Uncertainty, Jan. 7, 2019, 1 p.m.

Michigan State University Farm Stress Summit, Jan. 24-25, 2019, East Lansing, Michigan

Online series: Cultivating Resiliency for Women in Agriculture

Series consists of six interactive sessions: Dec. 14, Jan. 11, Jan. 25, Feb. 8, March 8 and April 12. Each 90-minute session begins at 12 p.m. (CST). Sessions are free, and participants will remain anonymous. Click on individual session below for additional information and registration. All sessions will be recorded and posted on the American Agri-Women website.





Resource List: Farm/Ranch Family Stress Resource List

Checklist: Farm and Ranch Family Stress and Depression: A Checklist and Guide for Making Referrals


Purdue Extension Mental Health First Aid course



Helpline: Rural Concern Helpline: (800) 447-1985

Webinar: Recognizing and Managing Stress


Website: Maine AgrAbility

Webinar: Recognizing Farmer Stress, Anger, Depression and Suicide — Thinking and Knowing What to Do Next


Website: University of Maryland Extension Farm Stress Management


Website: Michigan State University Managing Farm Stress website


Video: University of Minnesota “Dealing With Stress” workshop series

Helpline: Minnesota Farm and Rural Helpline: (833) 600-2670

Helpline: Crisis Connection Crisis Line: (866) 379-6363 [Men’s Line: (866) 379-6367]


Helpline: Nebraska Rural Response Hotline: (800) 464-0258


Helpline: New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health: (800) 343-7527

Helpline: New York FarmNet: (800) 547-FARM (3276)


Video: North Dakota State University: Emotional stress on the farm

Monica McConkey, director of business development at Prairie St. John’s, talks about stressors related to the farm crisis, warning signs related to a behavioral health crisis, skills to communicate support and resources to access help.


Fact Sheet: Recognize and Manage the Stress of Farm Life


Resources: Center for Dairy Excellence Stress Management

Resources: Resources to Help Others Manage Stress


Website: Helpline Center

Paper: A Five-Step Approach to Alleviating Farm Stress

Helpline: South Dakota State University Extension/iGrow Emergency: (800) 273-8255

Helpline: South Dakota Rural Helpline: (800) 664-1349


Helpline: Vermont Farm First: (877) 493-6216

Website: Vermont Department of Agriculture Farmer Wellness: Healthy Farmers, Healthy Farms website

Website: University of Vermont Farm Health and Safety


Website: Agricultural Safety & Health Information Clearinghouse

Resources, news, data and other helpful information

Article: Farm Stress & Decision Making During Challenging Times

Webinar: Wisconsin Farm Bureau Chronic stress on the farm

Helpline: Wisconsin Farm Center Hotline: (800) 942-2474


Website: University of Wyoming Personal Nature of Agriculture



Paper: Production Agriculture and Stress

Upper Midwest Agriculture and Safety Center: (612) 625-8836

Farm Aid Farmer Help Hotline: 800-FARMAID (800) 327-6243.

Farmer Help Hotline is staffed with individuals who understand the pressures of farm life and help farmers connect to financial, legal and other resources.

Website: National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Hotline: National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: (800) 273-TALK (8255) [24-hour, toll-free crisis hotline. En Espanol: (888) 628-9454].

Article: Preventing Farm-related Stress, Depression, Substance Abuse and Suicide

Helpline: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) national helpline: (800) 662-HELP (4357)

24-hour free and confidential treatment referral and information about mental and/or substance use disorders, prevention and recovery in English and Spanish.

Website: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)  end mark

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