Farm couple riding down road on tractors

In times of stress, farm couples need to work diligently at their relationship.

Helping the agricultural community understand how to work through farm and ranch stress will be the topic of a three-day summit held in Oacoma, South Dakota, Sept. 23-25.

The SDSU Extension Rural Behavioral Health Team is partnering with the South Dakota Counselors Association to host the event at the Arrowwood Cedar Shore Resort & Conference Center.

Farmers and ranchers, as well as those in support positions such as counselors, bankers, consultants, clergy, crop insurance agents and other business members are encouraged to attend and learn how to support individuals dealing with stress.

Day 1 will feature a nationally recognized keynote speaker, Michael Rosmann, president of Rosmann and Associates and executive director of Agri Wellness, Inc. SDSU Extension’s workshop for producers, “Weathering the Storm” will accompany several other breakout sessions throughout the day as well.

Day 2 will provide tools for counselors, agri-businessmen, and community members on how to recognize and aid those in the agricultural community experiencing chronic stress. A workshop, “Communicating with Farmers Under Stress,” will be provided by SDSU Extension specialists.

Day 3 will focus on an eight-hour training, Mental Health First Aid, for individuals across our agriculture and community landscapes. Mental Health First Aid training is an evidence-based public education and prevention tool to improve the public’s knowledge of mental health and substance problems and connect people with care for their mental health or substance use problems.

Register online for the Summit at extension.sdstate.edu/events and search by South Dakota Farm and Ranch Stress Summit.