The most recent videos or webinars

Farm Finance Check-Up
Video Length:  |  Date: December 20, 2021
Speaker:  Shannon Dill, Extension Educator, Agriculture, and Food Systems
Description: Financial management is a topic often identified as a stressor for farm businesses. This session will discuss end-of-the-year financial activities that you can do now to plan for 2022. Watch video

Take Charge of Your Stress
Video Length: 38:57 |  Date: December 15, 2021 
Speaker: Dhruti Patel, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Science
Description: Stress is an inevitable part of our existence and the best way to manage stress is to learn how to navigate stress-inducing situations. Come join us to learn more about how stress works within our body and ways you can take charge of the daily stresses to avoid burnout and improve wellbeing. We will also discuss practical evidence-based techniques you can start using right away to manage stress.

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Financial

Farm Finance Check-Up
Video Length:  |  Date: December 20, 2021
Speaker:  Shannon Dill, Extension Educator, Agriculture, and Food Systems
Description: Financial management is a topic often identified as a stressor for farm businesses. This session will discuss end-of-the-year financial activities that you can do now to plan for 2022. Watch video

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Stress Management

Breakup with Burnout
Video length:
7:39  |  Date: May 3, 2021
Speaker: Dhruti Patel, Extension Educator
Description: Learn about ways to combat burnout in this video from Family and Consumer Sciences senior agent Dhruti Patel. Watch video

Building Resilient Farms and Farm Families
Video Length: 49:07  |  Date: December 13, 2021 
Speakers: Jesse M. Ketterman, Jr., Ph.D, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Science, and Bonnie Braun, Ph.D, Professor Emerita, Family Science
Description: Farm and farm families experience a variety of stressors that lead to disruptions on the farm. Building resilience is necessary to reduce the impact of stressors and strengthen the farm and farm families. This session will share strategies that promote resilience and identify signs of stress on the farm.  Watch video

From "But" to "Because"
Video Length: 42:18  |  Date: December 6, 2021 
Speaker: Alexander E. Chan, Ph.D., LCMFT, UME, Mental and Behavioral Health Specialist
Description: This is a simple listening tool for reducing work and family strain. Participants will learn concrete listening and conversation tools to keep family strain from spilling into your work life. Watch video

Handling Stress on the Farm
Video length:
3:27  |  Date: December 21, 2018
Speaker: Dr. Norman B. Epstein, Professor of Family Science at University of Maryland College Park
Description: Discusses how to handle stress in farm life.  Watch video

Nutrition and Mental Health
Video Length: 5: 09  |  Date: May 6, 2021
Speaker: Erin Jewel, nutrition educator
Description: Learn about mindful eating habits and how they can benefit your mental health as well as your physical health, with nutrition educator Erin Jewell. Watch video

Prevent Burnout by Compassionate Productivity
Video length: 13:00  |  Date: May 20, 2021
Speaker: Dhruti Patel, Extension Educator
Description: Watch this short video from educator Dhruti Patel to learn about compassionate productivity - what it is and how it can help you prevent burnout. Watch video

Saying No
Video length: 6:11  | Date: May 19, 2021
Speaker: Alexander E. Chan, Ph.D., LCMFT, UME, Mental and Behavioral Health Specialist
Description: Join Alex Chan as he discusses how to say "no" and what that means for our mental health. Watch video

Take Charge of Your Stress
Video Length: 38:57 |  Date: December 15, 2021 
Speaker: Dhruti Patel, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Science
Description: Stress is an inevitable part of our existence and the best way to manage stress is to learn how to navigate stress-inducing situations. Come join us to learn more about how stress works within our body and ways you can take charge of the daily stresses to avoid burnout and improve wellbeing. We will also discuss practical evidence-based techniques you can start using right away to manage stress. Watch video

Relationships

Family Routines for Mental Health
Video Length: 6:40  |  Date: May 5, 2021
Speaker: Alex Chan, Ph.D., LCMFT, UME, Mental and Behavioral Health Specialist
Description: Maintaining routines in your household can help to improve the mental health and well-being of the children, and adults, at home. Learn about building routines and making them stick with Alex Chan, Mental and Behavioral Health Specialist. Watch video

Healthy Relationships
Video length: 6:30  |  Date: May 19, 2021
Speaker: Alexander E. Chan, Ph.D., LCMFT, UME, Mental and Behavioral Health Specialist
Description: Relationships can affect our mental health. Learn more with mental and behavioral health specialist Alex Chan, as he discusses tips for maintaining a healthy partnership. Watch video

Stress and Children
Video length: 5:22  |  Date: May 5, 2021  
Speaker: Amy Rhodes, 4-H Extension educator
Description: Amy Rhodes, senior 4-H educator, explains how children experience stress, and provides tips on helping kids through stressful times. Watch video

The most recent articles

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    MDA, University of Maryland Announce Farm Stress Assistance Program

  • Cover Crop Harvest

    UMD Extension educators create holistic tools for farm family health and wellness

  •  Farmer inspecting harvest in a field.

    Farm Stress Training for Ag Service Providers

Article archives

It's On Us to Check on Each Other
The Delmarva Farmer newspaper worked with UME throughout Mental Health Awareness month to publish our work on farm stress management. In response, they created an editorial about maintaining healthy relationships in our rural communities. Read the full editorial

Managing Stress While on the Farm
Farming is a demanding and stressful occupation due to its ongoing challenges and uncertainties. Learn tips on managing stress in this article by agent Emily Zobel from the Delmarva Farmer, published May 7, 2021. Read the full article

MDA, University of Maryland Announce Farm Stress Assistance Program
The Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA), in partnership with the University of Maryland Extension (UME), today announced a new statewide Farm Stress Assistance program designed to provide physical and mental health resources to rural communities. The program is funded by a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). Read the full article

Opioid Use on the Farm
Jeanette Jeffrey, agent with Extension's Family and Consumer Sciences program, gives us a breakdown on opioid use on the farm and how pain management can quickly become an issue for farmers and agricultural workers. Read the full article published in the Delmarva Farmer, May 14, 2021. Read the full article

Stress and the Planting Season
May is Mental Health Awareness month and we are featuring articles and videos by our dedicated team of experts, working to provide farmers and their families with strategies and solutions to stay resilient and sustainable.

Read the first article, "Stress and the Planting Season" by Shannon Dill and Bonnie Braun, published in the Delmarva Farmer on May 5, 2021.  Read the full article

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