Collection of Recent Farm Stress Resources - by John Shutske (will keep updating)

Here is a quick one-stop place for stress-related articles (annotated where possible).  This is NOT comprehensive.  It is the material I have written, provided source material for, and/or developed in the last couple years.

Newest Materials (December 2018):

Three part video series on farm stress and decision making with Dr. Mark Stephenson of the Center for Dairy Profitability:

Tackle Stress Head-On - Article from November 2018 Hoard's Dairyman magazine.

Chronic Stress & Farming - a Dangerous Combination - Article written by F. Holin (with John Shutske as source) at Midwest Forage Association.

Presentation - Ten Take-Home Ideas to Positively Manage Chronic Farm Stress - Presented December 2, 2018 at Wisconsin Farm Bureau Annual Meeting and YFA Conference, Wisconsin Dells, WI.

Videos produced with WI Farm Bureau (updated September 2018)

These three videos, done in cooperation with Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation (and thank you to Sarah Marketon) are short summaries of workshops done for farmers, ag service providers and others in farming/finance in the last year or so --

  • Video #1 -- Covers basics of stress. Includes everyday, acute stress and how long term stress and pressure can lead toward the viscous cycle of chronic stress)
  • Video #2 -- Covers the negative outcomes of unresolved, chronic stress and impacts on health (heart, stroke risk, diabetes, etc.), along with impaired decision making abilities, addiction, depression, and suicide risk.  Introduces the concepts associated with control as a central part of breaking the chronic stress cycle (even finding ways to regain a partial sense of control)
  • 🌟Video #3 -- Contains practical suggestions for farmers, familiy members and others who provide agricultural services -- on health, nutrition, exercise, PLANNING, goal setting, working with experts/professionals, mindfulness, etc.  Best used with this publication for farmers as well as the "top ten" list for agricultural service professionals.
🌟Managing Dairy Farm Stress Webinar (See July 10, 2018 link) -- This is a one hour program (webinar) done as part of the four state dairy nutrition and management consortium -- featured speakers are J. Shutske and Larry Tranel, Dairy Specialist Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. WILL REQUIRE COMPUTER and ability to access Adobe Connect.

Fact Sheets and Educational Bulletins
  • 🌟Farm Stress and Decision Making During Challenging Times -- A comprehensive piece on farm stress and stress management practices related to communication, planning, education, personal health, nutrition, etc.  Also contains a top-ten list of important safety-related reminders because of the connection between farm injury and stress.
  • 🌟Helping Tame Farm Stress - a Top Ten List - A basic piece for helping professionals (rural leaders, ag finance, consultants, service providers, feed salespeople, vets, educators, etc.).  How to help a farmer/family member regain a sense of control and hope when the stress response becomes overwhelming and incapacitates decision making.
  • Case Study - The McHenry Farm:  Our Brains on Stress - A combined story of about a dozen actual situations and scenarios from places like Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Indiana - A typical few days in the life of a farm family showing both the obvious acute impacts of stress, the damaging impacts of chronic stress and depression, and the outcomes on health, safety, children, communication and relationships.

Media Articles

PowerPoint Presentations & Other

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