June 6, 2024 ····· ··············································Vol. 1, Issue 8

Trainings for Recognizing, Addressing, and Reducing Farm Stress

In the effort to address stressors and reduce stress among farmers, ranchers, and agricultural workers, trainings are an important piece of the puzzle— from making use of existing trainings by service providers who work with farmers to creating trainings to be used directly with farm families.

When it comes to farm stress, resources and trainings go hand in hand. Whereas the resources offer a tangible means of relieving a stressor in the form of loans, legal assistance, or equipment repair, trainings focus on awareness of and coping with stress. 

Many of our partners across the region use QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) and MHFA (Mental Health First Aid) training with various audiences who interact with the agricultural community—and they also offer “train the trainer” trainings to extend the impact of these vital programs. Other partners have developed direct programs that are meant to be used directly with the farming population.

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Illustration by Matt Stevens

SAgE Resources

The SAgE resource database is at the heart of what we do as we focus on alleviating farm stressors on a variety of fronts—from health care, to animal care, crops to cash flow, tax guidance, finances, and much more. Our resources team is hard at work adding new resources all the time. Don't see your state listed here? Keep your eye on this space, or head to our website. If you’d like to recommend a resource, you can do that here.






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SAgE Webinars

Can You Relate? Florida Ag Stressors and the Impact of GIS

Presenters: Kendra Hughson, Dr. Angela Lindsey, and Dr. Xiaohui Qiao

Date: June 12th, 2024

Time: 12:00 p.m. Eastern

Synopsis: A closer look at the agricultural stressors, including mental health specific to Florida

and how geographic information system (GIS) platform has helped to inform

Extension about additional stressors related to climate disasters.

Register here

Did you miss the May webinar, Farm and Ranch Mental Health: Stressors, Barriers, and Strategies, with Dr. Chaney Mosley? You can watch it here.

The SAgE Applied Research Webinar Series brings in researchers, practitioners, and farmers to discuss topics important for understanding and addressing farm stress. 

Sign up to get emais about future webinars!

AgriProspects Mini-Grant Call for Proposals

The AgriProspects Workforce Development Network announces Round 1 of mini-grant funding aimed at developing agriculture focused workforce development capacity for adults within the Cooperative Extension System. All Land-Grant Colleges & Universities, regardless of membership status with the Extension Foundation, are invited to apply for mini-grants ranging from $25,000 to $100,000 for projects spanning up to two years.

Click here to read the release.

Apply here

News from the Ag World

Federal Extreme Heat Protections Still Aren’t in Place for Outdoor Workers

Outdoor and farmworker advocates continue the call for federal labor protections against extreme weather as parts of the U.S. brace for a “dangerous” and early heatwave.

Global warming trends are expected to continue as the impacts of climate change become more pronounced, with scorching temperatures expected as summer approaches.

(Photo credit: Dave Killen, The Oregonian)

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A Black Farmer in South Carolina Cultivates Culture, History—and Rice

Rollen Chalmers has been integral to the region’s rice revival, and now chefs and home cooks are becoming loyal customers.

Plenty of Americans have eaten rice grown by Chalmers — even if they don’t know it. Chalmers is a longtime collaborator with Glenn Roberts, founder of Anson Mills and champion of heirloom grains, and for close to two decades, he has worked in the background of South Carolina’s rice revival. (Photo credit: Lynsey Weatherspoon for the Washington Post)

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Urban Youth Loan Borrower Grows Lettuce and a Passion for Hydroponics

Meet Trinity Waguespack, an 11-year-old urban farmer in Lafayette, Louisiana. When she’s not tackling her schoolwork, Trinity is busy growing lettuce in her three hydroponic garden towers. Through precision agriculture and artificial intelligence technology, the towers notify her when the lettuce needs water, even when she’s at swim practice. 

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