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Webinar Series Discusses Handling Stress on Dairy Farms

Tuesday, July 10, 2018 - 12:00pm to Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - 1:00pm
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Webinar Series Discusses Handling Stress on Dairy Farms

Three ISU Extension and Outreach webinars will be held in July

AMES, Iowa – Farming is one of the most stressful occupations in the United States. This is particularly true for dairy farmers as they are experiencing an extended period of low milk prices.

 

To help dairy farmers deal with stress, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host a series of three webinars that discuss how to recognize the signs of stress, how to deal with dairy farm families experiencing stress, analyzing a dairy for profits, the profitability of various dairy systems and what FINBIN says about production costs.

The webinars will be held at 12 p.m. on July 10, 17 and 24 and will be conducted by extension specialists from ISU Extension and Outreach, the University of Wisconsin, University of Illinois and University of Minnesota. ISU Extension and Outreach dairy specialists Larry Tranel, Fred Hall and Jenn Bentley will present during the webinars, as well as John Shutske, extension specialist with the University of Wisconsin, Jim Salfer, extension dairy specialist with the University of Minnesota, and Phil Cardoso, extension dairy specialist with the University of Illinois.

The topics discussed in the webinars are:

  • July 10 – Recognizing and Managing Stress in Dairy Farmers
  • July 17 – Knowing your cost of production and Dairy Outlook
  • July 24 – Making Production Decisions During Challenging Times

To join the webinars, log onto https://connect.extension.iastate.edu/isuedairy. For more information contact Tranel at tranel@iastate.edu or 563-583-6496, Bentley at jbentley@iastate.edu or 563-382-2949 or Hall at fredhall@iastate.edu or 712-737-4230.

The webinars are sponsored by ISU Extension and Outreach, University of Minnesota Extension, University of Illinois Extension and University of Wisconsin Extension.

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Rural Resiliency Webinar Series

Tuesday, March 2, 2021 - 7:30pm
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Rural Resiliency Webinar Series to Offer Advice on Stress

Learn how to manage the day-to-day stresses of rural life

DUBUQUE, Iowa – Rural residents and those who associate with them are encouraged to partake in a webinar series called “Rural Resiliency: Caring for You and Yours,” from 7:30 p.m. - 8:45 p.m. on four consecutive Tuesday evenings, March 2, 9, 16, and 23, 2021.

The series is sponsored by the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Dairy Team, University Extension in Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota, Texas, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wisconsin; and in cooperation with the Dioceses of Madison, Rockford, St. Cloud, Sioux City, New Ulm, Davenport, the Archdiocese of Dubuque; the Synods of Northeastern, Southeastern, and Western Iowa, ELCA; the Wisconsin Council of Churches; and other rural church organizations.

“This webinar series is a discussion starter and healthy mindset promoter for dealing with rural behavioral and brain health, communication skills and relationship enrichment for self, marriage and families,” according to Larry Tranel, pastoral psychologist, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach dairy specialist, and program speaker.

Farm families and those who work with them as consultants or neighbors are encouraged to attend. Local churches or ag businesses are encouraged to host a community site, following COVID restrictions, to allow farmers and interested rural associates to come together for group discussion and support.

“Attention to simple, but proven, relationship behaviors and mindset tactics can truly elevate our personal and family well-being to better deal with whatever life sends our way,” Tranel said.

This material is based upon work supported by USDA/NIFA under Award Number 2018-70027-28586.”

Sessions are as follows:

March 2 – Farm Stress Resiliency and Grief

March 9 – Personality Keys When “Married” to Farm Stress

March 16 – Dealing with the Stresses of Men, Women and Children

March 23 – Brain and Behavioral Health “Hacks” to Mitigate Distress

 

Registration for the series can be done at: http://www.aep.iastate.edu/stress . Questions about the program can be directed to Larry Tranel at 563-583-6496 or tranel@iastate.edu.

Other Resources

  • Iowa Concern, offered by ISU Extension and Outreach, provides confidential access to stress counselors and an attorney for legal education, as well as information and referral services for a wide variety of topics.

With a toll-free phone number, live chat capabilities and a website, Iowa Concern services are available 24 hours a day, seven days per week at no charge. To reach Iowa Concern, call 800-447-1985; language interpretation services are available. Or visit the Iowa Concern website to live chat with a stress counselor one-on-one in a secure environment. Or email an expert regarding legal, finance, stress, or crisis and disaster issues.

  • 211 is a free, comprehensive information and referral line linking Iowa residents to health and human service programs, community services, disaster services and governmental programs. This service is collaborating with the Iowa Department of Public Health to provide confidential assistance, stress counseling, education and referral services related to COVID-19 concerns. 
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