Online Course to Help Ag Service Providers Understand Farm Stresses

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection’s Farm Center has released a free virtual course that will help agricultural service providers understand the unique stresses and challenges of farming, handle difficult conversations, and recognize signs and symptoms of stress with farm clients. This course is a part of the Farm Center’s Farmer ​Wellness Program that creates and connects Wisconsin farmers to mental health resources. The course is organized into five modules: The Culture of Farming, Recognizing Farmer Stress, Financial Unpredictability in Farming, Navigating Difficult Conversations with Farmers, and Resources and Self-care for Agriculture Service Providers. Ag lenders, milk haulers, nutritionists, veterinarians, farm equipment technicians, and others that provide services to farmers regularly are encouraged to take the training.