Behavioral Health Planning: A Key to Farming in the Era of COVID-19

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May 12, 2020; 1:00 pm-2:00 pm

This is a virtual event.

Over the last few years, the agricultural sector has experienced significant upheaval of which farmers and those working in the sector have been most acutely aware. Per AgriSafe Network, an organization founded by nurses working in rural areas:

COVID-19 adds new uncertainties to farming on top of a five-year or longer economic recession in most sectors of agriculture.  Like climate shifts, tariffs, and disease outbreaks in crops and livestock, COVID-19 is largely beyond the control of agricultural producers.  Importantly however, we can mostly control how we behave.  Agricultural producers will learn how to develop plans for minimizing infections of the virus, set up arrangements for access to necessary inputs such as equipment and repairs, contracts for a labor force and transportation, and where to become knowledgeable about federal and state assistance programs.  Farm families will learn how to develop behavior plans that include: signs of physical and emotional distress, daily behavior practices that nurture one another even if isolation becomes necessary, looking out for neighbors and loved ones while maintaining physical distance, building a support network that can be contacted when specific expertise is needed, and more.  Examples of these coping tactics will be shared for 25 minutes by Dr. Rosmann, integrated with 25 minutes of questions and comments from the webinar participants.

Intended audience:
farmers, ranchers, agricultural workers, and others who serve the agricultural community, including Extension personnel, healthcare workers, and public officials

By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • recognize how the behavioral health of agricultural producers differs from the non-farm population, particularly during this era of COVID-19
  • develop behavior coping plans within their families and with employees
  • identify behavioral management practices, including sleep, family talking sessions, physical affirmations that produce relaxation and comfort, diet, and maintaining affiliation along with physical distancing
  • build a support network of needed expertise while minimizing exposure to COVID-19

Michael R. Rosmann Ph.D., Psychologist/Farmer, Adjunct Professor, Department of Occupational and Environmental Health, University of Iowa


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