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Learn How to Manage Day-to-Day Stresses of Rural Life
Iowa Ag Connection - 02/26/2021

University of Missouri Southwest Research Center and MU Extension will sponsor a March webinar series, "Rural Resiliency: Caring for You and Yours."

The series begins March 2 and runs 7:30-8:45 p.m. on four consecutive Tuesdays. Reagan Bluel, interim superintendent at MU Southwest Center, invites rural residents and those who connect with them to attend the series.

The session is led by Larry Tranel, an extension dairy specialist at Iowa State University. "His perspective will be especially relevant to friends and neighbors in southwest Missouri's agricultural community," Bluel said. "SWRC is excited to serve as a support site for our neighbors."

Tranel, who is also a pastoral psychologist, will discuss healthy mindsets for dealing with rural behavioral health, communication skills and relationship enrichment for self, marriage and families.

Attendees can connect to the Zoom webinars from their own devices or watch at Southwest Center, where printed resources on mental health will be available through the North Central Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Center.


- March 2: Farm Stress Resiliency and Grief.

- March 9: Personality Keys When "Married" to Farm Stress.

- March 16: Dealing With the Stresses of Men, Women and Children.

- March 23: Brain and Behavioral Health "Hacks" to Mitigate Distress.

To watch at home, register at www.aep.iastate.edu/stress. To attend at Southwest Center, call 417-466-2148 to reserve a spot. Masking and social distancing requirements will be in place.

The webinar is a multistate effort supported by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Dairy Team; university extension in Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota, Texas, Vermont, West Virginia and Wisconsin; and in cooperation with the dioceses of Madison, Rockford, St. Cloud, New Ulm and Davenport; the Archdiocese of Dubuque; the synods of Northeastern, Southeastern and Western Iowa; ELCA; the Wisconsin Council of Churches and other rural church organizations.

The material is based on work supported by USDA/NIFA.

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