Dealing with ag-related stress

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Question: What is the most important asset farmers and ranchers have?

Answer: Their health, physical and mental.

This year, when weather has disrupted the normal work seasons, and tariffs and trade wars have created uncertainty in markets and prices, it’s no wonder farmers and ranchers are experiencing higher than normal levels of stress. It’s important that they pay attention to their mental health and not let circumstances send them into depression or self-harm.

Dr. Sean Brotherson of NDSU Extension asks people experiencing stress, “What tools do you have in your tool box?” Just as people might look into their tool box to find the right tool for a particular task, so they should think of the tools they can use to relieve stress and help them make it through tough times.




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