America’s farmers and ranchers are resilient, but even the most stalwart can experience stress. The USDA is dedicated to helping farmers and ranchers cope with an important, but often overlooked topic – the impact of accumulated stress that comes from the rewarding, but also tough and challenging, agricultural life.
This event will bring together leaders from federal agencies, the farming and ranching sector, technical assistance providers, as well as individuals and other strategic partners, to focus on current challenges, the USDA response, as well as best practices and strategies to address farm and ranch stress.
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Key participant take-ways include:
- Information on the Federal agency response to farm stress, including initiatives like the Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network (FRSAN) and the 988-hotline number
- Presentations from the USDA Rural Health Liaison team and Department of Health and Human Service (HHS) Agencies
- Interactive regional breakout sessions bringing together Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network partners, Rural Opioid Technical Assistance Grantees, and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration regional staff
- Capacity building trainings and workshops for USDA staff, technical assistance providers, and farmer-serving organizations, as well as clinicians and behavioral health providers
The event will take place May 17, 18, and 19, 2022 from 1:00-5:00 p.m. Eastern time. Registration is available through Zoom, and the link for this event will be sent after registration. The agenda and a flyer is available through USDA.