By Emily Wilmes – U of M Extension
University of Minnesota Extension will host “Farming in Tough Times,” an educational meeting for area agricultural producers who may find themselves confronting various challenges as a result of the economic state of agriculture. The workshop will be held on Friday, Dec. 7, at ElmerZ Restaurant and Event Center, located at 1225 Timberlane Drive, Sauk Centre, MN. The workshop will run from 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., with registration starting at 10 a.m. This meeting is offered free of charge and includes lunch.
This event will focus on farm stress, mental well-being, and building resiliency. The agenda will feature several engaging speakers and topic experts. The keynote speaker for the day will be Dennis Hoiberg, an organizational consultant from Australia. Dennis has more than 35 years’ experience in regional and rural communities helping them cope with change at the personal, family, business and community level. He will provide real life, common sense approaches to dealing with hardships and building resilience in the face of adversity. Dennis has worked with the grains industry in Australia and agribusiness and banking companies that serve remote, regional, and rural communities throughout Australia and New Zealand. He recognizes all the struggles farmers and agribusinesses in the Midwest are facing.
“Farming in Tough Times” will also feature an outstanding panel with speakers with various experiences related to stress, mental well-being, and resiliency. Panelists include Meg Moynihan with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture; Mark Koehn, a former hog farmer and current agricultural assessor with Stearns County; Brenda Rudolph, Morrison County dairy producer; and Brenda Miller with University of Minnesota Extension. The event will also feature speakers on positive psychology and mental health resources.
RSVPs are encouraged to help with the meal count. RSVPs and questions can be directed to Emily Wilmes at (320) 255-6169, extension three or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please RSVP by Wednesday,