Farm Stress Management Summit

Preparing Extension professionals to support farmers during stressful times.

January 24-25, 2019

Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center, 219 S. Harrison Road, East Lansing, MI 48824

Register for the Farm Stress Management Summit

Who should attend: All Extension professionals who work with agribusiness professionals, farmers and their families are invited and welcome to attend. Both workshops are best taught by a team of at least two trained professionals. We recommend one Extension professional with a background in agriculture, and another with a family and consumer science background with a background in mental health, especially stress.

Curriculum: Michigan State University Extension has developed the Farm Stress Management curriculum that provides two workshops and corresponding materials to help farmers and those who work with them learn techniques to manage stress and help those in need access resources. Summit participants will earn a certificate allowing them to teach two flexible workshops in the curriculum:

  • Communicating with Farmers Under Stress. This is a 90-minute to full-day workshop designed for agribusiness professionals, loan officers, family members and others who directly interact with farmers on a regular basis. The workshop provides an overview of stressors for farmers and shares best practices for connecting farm families with resources. It looks at the current financial situation for farmers today. It also unpacks the detrimental impact of stress on the body and state of mind, providing information on how to recognize some of the signs of stress and suicide in the farming community, and how to connect people with resources they need.
  • Weathering the Storm in Agriculture: How to Cultivate a Productive Mindset. This curriculum covers tools, resources and information for farmers and their families to help them through difficult situations. This can be taught one-on-one or in a group setting of up to 100 people.

Pre-requisites: You must be certified in Mental Health First Aid. You can find a training near you to attend before the summit, or you can register for the Mental Health First Aid training that will be offered in conjunction with the summit on Jan. 23, 2019.


  • $425 for the two-day training (this includes the $175 curriculum fee)
  • $150 for the eight-hour Mental Health First Aid additional training in conjunction with the summit (or find a training near you before the summit – costs may vary)
  • Fees for all trainings include breakfast, lunch and training materials


  • Wednesday Jan. 23 – Mental Health First Aid Training
    • Offered for Extension professionals who elect to take this training to fulfill the mandatory certification requirement
    • 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, Jan. 24 – Friday, Jan. 25: Farm Stress Management Curriculum Training
    • Begins Jan. 24, at 8:00 a.m. with registration and breakfast
    • Ends Jan. 25, at 5:30 p.m.
    • Must attend all sessions on both days to receive certification

Want to learn more? Watch the  November 9 eXtension Webinar hosted by MSU Extension professional Suzanne Pish. She shares an overview of the event and answers participant questions.


Video subtitles coming soon.

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