To assist farmers and their families who are experiencing stress, the University of Maine Cooperative Extension has organized a Web seminar and assembled a Web page filled with a variety of resources.

“The unprecedented combination of low prices paid to farmers for their products, bad weather, and plant and animal diseases have made this year very challenging for Maine farmers,” says UMaine Cooperative Extension Director John Rebar. “Independent by nature, farmers may not seek help in dealing with the enormous stress they are under.”

UMaine Extension is getting out information that can help families realize that they are not alone and there are resources to consider.

The webinar, “Recognizing Farmer Stress, Anger, Depression, and Suicide: Thinking and Knowing What to Do Next,” will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3 and will be presented by Robert Fetsch. Fetsch is a Colorado State University Extension specialist and professor of human development.

All agricultural service providers and farmers are invited to participate in the free online webinar.

Click here to register for the Webinar or for to access additional resource.

Source: University of Maine