Managing farm stress will be the topic of the July 8 Field Crops Virtual Breakfast

The Field Crops Virtual Breakfast on July 8, 2021, will feature Eric Karbowski on identifying the signs of stress, tools for managing stress, and available resources.

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Farmers are routinely confronted with unpredictability and occupational stress. However, stress and how to manage stress continue to be topics not always talked about or avoided. With this year’s early drought followed by mid-season flooding and changing market prices, knowing the signs and symptoms of stress, how to manage stress, and the available resources are more important than ever for farmers and agribusiness professionals. Michigan State University Extension’s Community Behavioral Health Extension Educator, Eric Karbowski, will talk about farm stress during the July 8, 2021, Field Crops Virtual Breakfast.

Topics will include identifying the signs of stress, tools for managing stress, and available resources. While talking about managing farm stress is not always a comfortable topic of discussion, it could be just as important as running the farming operation.

A weather update for the week will be provided by MSU agricultural climatologist Jeff Andresen, and there will be an opportunity for participants to have their questions answered.

Sign up for the free Field Crops Virtual Breakfast

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The Michigan State University Extension Field Crops Virtual Breakfast Series are held every week during the growing season via Zoom video or phone conference. These virtual meetings will take place every Thursday morning from 7-7:30 a.m. April 1 through Sept. 23, 2021. There will be a 30-minute Q&A session following the presentations.

Participating is easy and free! You can join the live meeting via Zoom using a computer, tablet, mobile device or regular phone line. If you are new to Zoom, simply download the Zoom app and you will be ready to join online every week to see visuals shared by presenters. A call-in by phone option is also available but note that you will only hear the audio portion. 

Restricted use pesticide (RUP) credits and Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) CEUs are now available for attendees who attend the live meeting. 

Participants must sign up to receive an email notification with instructions for joining the Virtual Breakfast. You only need to do this once and you will receive the Zoom link and call-in phone number, as well as weekly reminders every Wednesday. Participants receiving emails can opt in or out at any time. 

Sign up for the free Field Crops Virtual Breakfast 

If you cannot participate in the live session at 7 a.m., you can view the recorded version at any time. However, only the live session will be eligible for RUP and CCA credits. Recordings will be closed-captioned and available at the Field Crops Virtual Breakfast webpage and the MSU Extension Field Crops Team social media platforms: FacebookSpotifyYouTubeApple Podcasts and Twitter

If you are unable to sign up online, call the Lapeer County MSU Extension office at 810-667-0341. 

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