SDSU Extension & Pioneer Memorial Partner to Provide Farm Stress Workshops in Viborg on Nov. 21

SDSU Extension and the Pioneer Memorial Hospital in Viborg invite South Dakota’s farm and ranch families as well as agri-business professionals and service providers who work with them, to attend programming uniquely designed to provide healthy, stress management strategies as well as support strategies when dealing with the impacts of chronic stress or working with those suffering from chronic stress.

Two workshops will be offered November 21, 2019 in Viborg at Pioneer Memorial Hospital, 315 N. Washington St., Viborg, SD. The first workshop, “Communicating with Farmers Under Stress,” is for business professionals and service providers, while the second workshop, “Weathering the Storm in Agriculture: How to Cultivate a Productive Mindset,” is for farm and ranch families.

“Numerous factors cause stress for producers. They are facing financial problems, price and marketing uncertainties, farm transfer issues, production challenges and more,” said Dr. Krista Ehlert, Assistant Professor & SDSU Extension Range Specialist.

The workshops are designed to help farm and ranch families, and those who they rely on for goods and services, to understand the signs and symptoms of chronic stress, and how to handle stress, explained Dr. Andrea Bjornestad, Assistant Professor & SDSU Extension Mental Health Specialist.

“You may know farmers or ranchers who struggle with stress, anxiety, depression, burnout, indecision or suicidal thoughts. You may want to help, but maybe you are not sure what to say or do. We want to empower South Dakotans with access to resources and information so they can help those they love and work with,” Bjornestad said.

Workshop details:

Communicating with Farmers Under Stress workshop is designed for agri-business professionals, service providers, and clergy. The event begins at 11 am CT and ends at 3 pm CT. The workshop is designed to help participants with the following:

  1. Build awareness around potentially stressful conditions affecting some farmers.

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

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

  4. Learn where to go for additional help.

To register for this free workshop, contact Tonya Rudd at or call (605) 326-3045 by November 18th. Attendance is limited to the first fifty registrants.

Weathering the Storm in Agriculture: How to Cultivate a Productive Mindset workshop is designed for farm and ranch families. The event begins at 6 pm CT and ends at 8 pm CT.

During the workshop, participants will:
1. Identify stress signs and symptoms.
2. Practice three everyday strategies for managing stress.
3. Make an action plan for managing stress.
4. Find out where to go for more help and resources.
5. Be provided with brief market and climate forecasts to be better prepared, informed, and ready to take action.

To register for this free workshop, contact Tonya Rudd at the email or phone number listed below by Monday, November 18th. Seats are limited.

SDSU Extension Contact:
Krista Ehlert, Assistant Professor & SDSU Extension Range Specialist
Phone: 605-394-2236

Pioneer Memorial Hospital Contact:
Tonya Rudd, RN and Director of Clinic Operations
Phone: 605-326-3045

Contact Numbers


p. 605.326.5161

Senior Care

p. 605.326.5190

Centerville Medical Clinic

p. 605.563.2411
f. 605.563.2060

Parker Medical Clinic

p. 605.297.3888
f. 605.297.3974

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