Farm Credit Rural Resilience
Agriculture, forest products and commercial fishing come with unique challenges, including fluctuating commodity prices, trade disruptions and extreme weather events. The COVID-19 pandemic and its economic disruptions have only compounded the situation. To help producers deal with these increasing stressors, Farm Credit, American Farm Bureau Federation and National Farmers Union have joined together with Michigan State University Extension and University of Illinois Extension to create Rural Resilience, a free, private, online training course to help farmers, as well as their families and neighbors cope with stress.
The curriculum teaches participants to understand the sources of stress, manage their own stress, learn the warning signs of stress and suicide, identify effective communication strategies, and connect producers with appropriate mental health and other resources. The course is free and accessible to the public. Click here to access this free training .
If you are facing challenging times and need support, visit National Farmers Union’s Farm Crisis Center or American Farm Bureau Federation’s Farm State of Mind for hotlines, mediation resources, disaster assistance and more.