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Staying Strong in Trying Times: Mental Health in Agriculture (OSU Extension)

May 4 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am


To register: http://bit.ly/JacksonSmallFarms

Questions: Contact Maud Powell  maud.powell@oregonstate.edu


Now more than ever, farmers and ranchers face myriad factors out of their control: market access, weather, food safety regulations, government programs, and market fluctuations. These factors can lead us to experience stress, anger, feelings of isolation, and being out of control. With the current Covid-19 situation, nearly all of us are also experiencing what many farmers and ranchers cope with: additional stresses associated with working with family members and living in isolated conditions.

In this webinar, we will learn about strategies for maintaining mental well-being, when to seek help for ourselves and others, and how and where to get help. Although this webinar is focused on the agricultural industry, the information shared will be useful in a wide variety of settings. All are welcome to attend.  A recording of the webinar will be available at no cost at our website on May 12th.  If the registration fee is a barrier, please contact me, as no one will be turned away.

Speaker Bio: Dr. Robert J. “Bob” Fetsch served 32 years on the faculty first with the University of Kentucky Extension and then with Colorado State University Extension. For 41 years he devoted himself to learn and understand how to use the latest family life research to assist folks who want to increase their resilience and bounce back from trying times.

Since he retired from Colorado State University in 2011, he now works to assist farm and ranch families with recognizing signs of and managing their stress, anger, depression, and suicidal thinking and writing and publishing articles on what works to increase their quality of life and their resilience.

Bob grew up and was raised on a small dairy farm in Texas. In the 1950’s and 1960’s his dad (Paul Fetsch), through careful record-keeping and artificial insemination slowly and carefully created one of the top two dairy herds in the county.


May 4
9:00 am - 10:30 am
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