University of Wisconsin-Madison Extension specialist John Shutske says farm stress can increase during these challenging times. “You have stacking factors with markets, policy, the uncertainty about trade and you add the weather piece on top of that. These are things we really don’t have any control over.” Shutske spoke at the North Dakota Bankers Association Ag Credit Conference. During a stressful time, Shutske said it is important to connect with other people. “Oftentimes, we isolate ourselves; instead of doing that I’m going to put my nose to the grindstone, ramp it up by 25 percent and work more hours in the day.” Shutske says that’s when people can get sick, injured or face depression. Resources are available from agricultural and medical professionals. Input from extended family, friends and others in the community is also important.
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