SCOTTSBLUFF - Numerous factors may cause stress for farmers and ranchers. Many face financial problems, marketing uncertainties, farm transfer issues, production challenges, and more. When temporary stress turns into chronic stress, it can impact health and mental wellness.

Nebraska Extension, in partnership with Michigan State Extension, is offering workshops in Scottsbluff and Chadron in July for individuals who work with farmers and ranchers on a regular basis, such as bank lenders, ag suppliers, healthcare professionals, and anyone involved with the lives of farmers and ranchers. These workshops offer four objectives:

* Build awareness around potentially stressful conditions affecting some farmers and ranchers.

* Learn stress triggers, identify signs of stress, and review helpful techniques for responding.

* Learn techniques for identifying, approaching and working with farmers who may not cope with stress effectively.

* Learn where to find additional help.

In addition to being helpful for working with farmers and ranchers, the workshop educates participants about stress in their own lives and how it can affect physical health and relationships with family or coworkers.

The Chadron workshop is set for Wednesday, July 10, from 10 a.m. until noon (lunch provided) at Dawes County Extension, 250 Main St., Ste 8, Chadron. Please register by July 9: Contact Tiffany at 308.432.3373 or

tiffany.kirbey@unl.edu.)

The Scottsbluff workshop will take place Thursday, July 11, from 10 a.m. until noon (lunch provided) at the Panhandle Research and Extension Center, 4205 Avenue I, Scottsbluff.

(Register by July 9: Contact Carrie at 308.632.1276 or csummerford2@unl.edu.)

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