Cultivating Resiliency for Women in Agriculture

A new interactive series of online sessions to help women in agriculture cope with stress — called “Cultivating Resiliency for Women in Agriculture” — continues in January, with the next session Jan. 25.

The series of 90-minute webinars is a joint project of American Agri-Women, District 11 Agri-Women, University of Minnesota Extension-Women in Ag Network and the Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center (UMASH).

The free sessions start at noon Central time, will include a Q&A session and will be recorded and archived for later viewing, according to an American Agri-Women news release.

Upcoming sessions include:

  • Jan. 25: You Can’t Pour from an Empty Cup: How do you fill it up to support yourself and others?
  • Feb. 8: Building and Maintaining Relationships in Stressful Times
  • March 8: Increasing Your Joy and Happiness While Living a Farm Life
  • April 12: Putting it All Together

Sign up or view archived webinars of the first sessions, “Impact of Farming and Ranching Stress for Women 101” and “Self-Care Tips to Help Reduce Stress,” at www.americanagriwomen.org/webinars.

Shauna Reitmeier and Brenda Mack, both of whom have agricultural backgrounds, will lead the webinars. Reitmeier has a master’s degree in social work and over 20 years of experience in the behavioral health care and cognitive disabilities fields. She is CEO of the Northwestern Mental Health Center, which serves adults, children and families in Northwest Minnesota.

Mack is a behavioral health and human services consultant, trainer and presenter and an assistant professor in the Social Work Department at Bemidji State University. Mack is a licensed independent clinical social worker through the Minnesota Board of Social Work.

The “Cultivating Resiliency” project, which is funded by a UMASH grant, also includes a survey to help gather data to develop future programming. Take the survey at z.umn.edu/cultivatingsurvey.