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Understanding Farm Personalities: Why We Act as We Do
We all have PERSONALITY. Each person is born with personality tendencies that can somewhat predict behaviors and tend to become more refined as aging and maturity occurs. Knowing your personality tendencies and that of others, has reportedly benefited many farm couple and family relationships by helping identify and manage personality differences. People can learn to gravitate more toward personality strengths and positive thoughts, attributes, and emotions, as well as to mitigate personality weaknesses and negative thoughts, attributes, and emotions.
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Farm and Family Stress Resources
These publications are a compendium of farm stress resources for farmers and those who work with them to assist in understanding the impact of stress on farmers and their families. The stresses of men, women and children can be different and can affect marriage, family and farm success. At times stress might turn into grief, thoughts of harm or put one on a path of anxiety or depression. These resources aim to bring information to those dealing with stress and grief on the farm.

  • Farm and Market Reality, Stress, and Grief
  • PRIMER for Farm Stress Resiliency
  • Keys When "Married" to Farm Stress - Great Marriage Communication for the Both of You
  • From One 'Dairy Girl' to the Next - Taking Care of YOU in Turbulent Times
  • Helping Farm Men Under Crisis
  • Farm Youth Stress and Challenges - What Do You Tell the Kids?
  • Good Grief - We Just Lost -- Dealing with Farm and Family Loss
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Farm and Market Reality, Stress, and Grief
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PRIMER for Farm Stress Resiliency
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Keys When "Married" to Farm Stress
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From One 'Dairy Girl' to the Next
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Helping Farm Men Under Crisis
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Farm Youth Stress and Challenges
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Good Grief - We Just Lost
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Farm Stress and Mental Health
Professionals who interact regularly with farmers and their families are in a unique position to recognize mental health or substance use issues and warning signs of suicidal intent. This fact sheet is designed to help agricultural advocates respond to someone in crisis with support and resources.

Printed copies (25 per package) available to Extension and Outreach staff.
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Stress On the Farm
Stress on the farm is real. Use the farm stress resource guide to help recognize mental health concerns, substance use, and warning signs of suicidal intent. Learn when and how to get help and offer support to family members, friends, neighbors, and others in your community.

Printed copies (50 per package) available to Extension and Outreach staff.
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Managing Farm Stress and Distress
This publication is dedicated to the many dairy and other farmers who have felt farm stress beyond their comfort zone and for the many others who might benefit with more attention paid to their and their family’s mental health for both farm and family well-being. It is targeted at both the farmers and their spouses as often the spouses carry a heavy burden of care with farm stress as well.

  • Intro - Managing Farm Stress and Distress - Mindset Tactics for Happiness, Brain Health, and Behavioral Well-Being
  • Part 1 - Mitigating Farm Distress - Mindfulness Over Emotions
  • Part 2 - Destressing Farm Relationships - Intentional Attitudinal Behaviors
  • Summary - Fixes for Brain and Behavioral Health - 30 Key Tools in the Farmer's Mental Health Toolbox
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Say 'YES' to Family Meals
Enjoying a simple meal together strengthens family bonds and creates a routine that helps children feel more secure.
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Managing Stress in Young Families - Stress: Taking Charge
Find tips to manage time and money, resolve conflicts, plan food at home, and eat well.
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Managing Stress in Midlife Families - Stress: Taking Charge
Find tips to manage when responsibilities for both older family members and your adult children "sandwich" you in and jeopardize your own mental and physical health. Includes tips for handling money issues, making decisions for aging parents, and coping when adult children move back home.
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Helping Children Manage Stress - Stress: Taking Charge
Tips to help children learn ways to handle new or frustrating situations and manage stress. Includes signs of stress in children, how stress affects differing personalities, and what to do to help both easy-going and aggressive personalities deal with stress.
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Changing Farm Financial Conditions - Encouraging a Friend to Seek Professional Help
Loss, grief, or depression can immobilize a person, making it hard for the individual to look realistically at a situation or to take action. It’s important for friends or family members not to ignore signs that the person needs help.

Learn more about signs of depression and suicide, and how you can encourage a friend or family member to seek help.
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Changing Farm Financial Conditions - How to Help "When You Don’t Know What to Say"
When a friend or relative experiences trouble, such as a death in the family, financial losses, divorce, or serious illness, it’s easier to stay away or remain silent than it is to help because you don’t know the right words.

Explore these tips and ideas of how to offer help in an uncomfortable situation.
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All About Stress - Stress: Taking Charge / Todo sobre el estrés
Cope better with stress by recognizing impacts, choosing responses, and building resources. Publication addresses change, what happens when you’re under too much stress, how to manage stress, and how to build resources to help.
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Managing Stress in Later Life Families - Stress: Taking Charge
As your family grows older, new stresses can occur. This publication addresses changing relationships with your spouse, adult children, and grandchildren; managing resources; how grief and loneliness affect stress; and how to manage changes in health.
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Using What You Have to Get What You Want - Stress: Taking Charge / Usa lo que tienes para alcanzar lo que quieres
Reduce stress and manage your resources by making six types of decisions: setting priorities, dealing with unexpected events, assessing resources, planning, carrying out the plan, and evaluating the outcomes.
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Coping with Stress and Change -- Divorce Matters
Although individuals are different, most adults need two or three years to adapt to the changes divorce brings. Understand ways of dealing with the stress.
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