Farm Couple Getaway offers farm spouses opportunity to set goals, improve communication while away from the farm

In response to high levels of both personal and financial farm stress, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is hosting a Farm Couple Getaway Feb. 21-22 at the Lakeshore Center at Okoboji in Milford.

The program is designed for farm couples who want to improve farm family communication, set goals for the family and farm, work through farm succession or just spend the weekend off the farm discussing and working on their farm family issues.

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Ideas to Reduce Stress In 2019

Uncontrollable factors, such as unpredictable weather, untimely equipment breakdowns, and the dairy market, cause stress for dairy farm families. This stress is a physical response to perceived threats to the family’s well-being. Since our brains do not recognize the difference between psychological or physical threats, our bodies compound the results of fatigue, injuries, feed wagon breakdowns and a milk check that doesn’t cover all the bills.

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Dairy Farm Stress Webinar Series Available On-Line

To help dairy farmers deal with stress, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach hosted a series of three webinars that discuss how to recognize the signs of stress, how to deal with dairy farm families experiencing stress, analyzing a dairy for profits, the profitability of various dairy systems and what FINBIN says about production costs. The webinars were held on July 10, 17 and 24.

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Dealing with Dairy Farm Stress at Noon – “Recognizing and managing stress in dairy farmers”

Farming is one of the most stressful occupations in the U.S.  This stress can affect decision making during challenging times, particularly for dairy farmers as they are experiencing extended low milk prices.  Mark your calendar for noon on Tuesday, July 10 and join Dr. Larry Tranel, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Dairy Field Specialist and psychologist, along with Dr. John Shutske, Extension Specialist, University of Wisconsin, as they focus on the mental health element of dairy farm stress. Learn how stress affects our health and decision-making process as dairy farmers, and ways to recognize stress.

The webinar is sponsored by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, University of Minnesota Extension, University of Illinois Extension, and University of Wisconsin Extension. If you’d like to join the webinar, log onto https://connect.extension.iastate.edu/isuedairy , or in Northwest Iowa  contact Fred M. Hall at 712.737.4230if for more information.