Poor farm markets. Rising mental health concerns. A lack of resources and COVID-19 have shined a light on the stress being felt in rural communities across the state. The recently released 2020 Minnesota Farm Financial Report provides some reasons to be optimistic, but it isn’t the entire story.
Join us as we discuss the latest findings on farm financials, the impact of stress in our rural communities and ways to provide support.
Discussion host: Brigid Tuck, University of Minnesota Extension, senior economic impact analyst
Guest presenter: Emily Krekelberg, University of Minnesota Extension, farm safety and health educator
About our guest: Emily grew up on her family’s dairy farm near Le Sueur, Minnesota. She works for University of Minnesota Extension as the Extension educator for farm safety and health. She also served as the director of Extension's rural stress task force for two years. Her work focuses on grain bin safety, livestock safety, tractor safety, farmer mental health, and suicide prevention. A passion of Emily’s is advocating for wellness in agriculture. She has a Bachelor of Science in animal science and a Masters of Agricultural Education from the University of Minnesota.
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