Farm stress topic of July 2 Field Crops Virtual Breakfast

Join the Field Crops Virtual Breakfast on July 2 as Eric Karbowski discusses farm stress.

Eric Karbowski
Eric Karbowski will talk about farm stress during the July 2, 2020, Field Crops Virtual Breakfast.

Farmers are accustomed to dealing with stress on the farm. However, with last year’s delayed planting and harvest and this year’s ramifications due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the potential for added stress is high. A topic not always talked about is the stress farmers feel from these uncontrollable circumstances. Michigan State University Extension’s community behavioral health Extension educator, Eric Karbowski, will talk about farm stress during the July 2, 2020, Field Crops Virtual Breakfast. Topics will include identifying the signs of stress, how to ask open-ended questions, and the warning signs of suicide. While talking about managing farm stress and suicide is not always a comfortable topic of discussion, it could be just as important as running the farming operation.

The Field Crops Virtual Breakfast sessions are held every week during the growing season via Zoom. These virtual meetings take place every Thursday morning from 7-7:30 a.m. from April 16 through Sept. 10, 2020. Following this discussion, MSU’s agricultural meteorologist Jeff Andresen will present the current weather conditions and the seven- to-10-day forecast. A question and answer time will follow.

In cooperation with the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD), RUP credits will now be available for the live sessions. Each week will have a specific code provided to attendees. The recertification credits will not be available to those viewing the recordings or podcasts. Categories will be Commercial core, Private core and 1A.

Participating is easy and free! You can join the live meeting via Zoom using a computer, tablet, mobile device or regular phone line. If you are new to Zoom, simply download the Zoom app and you will be ready to join online every week to see visuals shared by presenters. A call-in by phone option is also available but note that you will only hear the audio portion. 

Participants must sign up to receive an email notification with instructions for joining the Virtual Breakfast. You only need to do this once and you will receive the Zoom link and call-in phone number, as well as weekly reminders every Wednesday. Participants receiving emails can opt in or out at any time.

Sign up to receive Virtual Breakfast Zoom information 

If you cannot participate in the live session at 7 a.m., you can view the recorded version at any time. However, only the live session will be eligible for RUP credits. Recordings will be closed-captioned and available at the Field Crops Virtual Breakfast page and the MSU Extension Field Crops Team social media platforms: FacebookTwitterSpotifyApple Podcasts and YouTube.

If you are unable to sign up online, call the Lapeer County MSU Extension office at 810-667-0341. 

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