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Extension Farm Stress Workshops Today, May 23
South Dakota Ag Connection - 04/15/2019

Numerous factors cause stress for farmers. Many farmers face financial problems, price and marketing uncertainties, farm transfer issues, production challenges and more.

On April 15 and May 23, join South Dakota State University Extension organizers at locations throughout South Dakota for separate workshops, one designed to help support professionals who work with farmers under stress and the other for farmers and their families to handle stress for a more productive mindset.

This workshop is designed to help farmers and their families understand the signs and symptoms of chronic stress, and how to handle stress for a more productive mindset on the farm.

An evening meal will be provided for workshop participants. SDSU Extension 4-H team members will provide youth programming at each site. All of the materials needed for the workshop will be provided to you when you arrive. Please bring whatever you are most comfortable with to take notes throughout the workshop.

- Weathering the Storm in Agriculture: How to Cultivate a Productive Mindset will be held April 15 in Aberdeen, Pierre, Rapid City and Sioux Falls. It is a free evening meal and includes a 60-minute workshop. The evening runs from 6:30 to 8 p.m. CST (5:30-7 p.m. MST) and will be held at SDSU Extension Aberdeen Regional Center (13 2nd Ave SE); Pierre Regional Center (412 W. Missouri Ave.); Sioux Falls Regional Center (2001 E 8th St.); and West River Ag Center (1905 Plaza Boulevard, Rapid City).

Spots are limited at each location, so be sure to secure your seat early. Make sure to choose two tickets if your spouse will be attending, children do not need to have a ticket but will be added in the registration questions. Go to extension.sdstate.edu/event/weathering-storm-agriculture-0 to register.

- Weathering the Storm in Agriculture: How to Cultivate a Productive Mindset will then be held again May 23 in Lemmon, Mitchell, Watertown and Winner. It is a free evening meal and includes a 60-minute workshop. The evening runs from 6:30 to 8 p.m. CST (5:30-7 p.m. MST) and will be held at Lemmon High School DDN Room (209 3rd St. W); Mitchell Regional Center (1800 E. Spruce St.); Watertown Regional Center (1910 W. Kemp Ave.); and Winner Regional Center (325 S. Monroe St., Ste. 125).

Spots are limited at each location, so be sure to secure your seat early. Online registration closes May 16. Make sure to choose two tickets if your spouse will be attending, children do not need to have a ticket but will be added in the registration questions. Go to extension.sdstate.edu/event/weathering-storm-agriculture to register.

Participants at both workshop will:

- Identify stress signs and symptoms.

- Practice three everyday strategies for managing stress.

- Find out where to go for more help and resources.

- Make an action plan for managing stress.

For more information, contact Suzanne Stluka, SDSU Extension Food & Families Program director, at Suzanne.Stluka@sdstate.edu.

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