Colorado State Researchers are continuing to gather information about the toll stress takes on state ag producers. They are asking agriculture producers to share some details about stress and anxiety in hopes of finding better ways to assist in stress reduction.
Producers are asked to complete a 15-minute online survey The survey is part of efforts by the Western Regional Agricultural Stress Assistance Program (WRASAP), which is sponsored by USDA funds and supported by CSU. The focus is to learn about ag stressors and how producers would prefer to get information on dealing with stress
Danielle Trotta with the Colorado Department of Agriculture says culturally, farmers and ranchers often believe they have to just push through the stress and keep working.
“Unfortunately that doesn’t always end in the best way. And we are trying to encourage this strong community that is used to pushing through these issues to open up, receive help. There are lots of different ways to manage that stress. We also just want to learn a little bit more. This is hopefully what we’ll gather from this ranch stress survey.
As ag producers understand stressors on the job include; unstable finances, pressures of multigenerational farm lineage, injury, chronic/acute illness, adverse weather and climate change, and COVID-19.
All surveys will be anonymous. Respondents can be entered in a raffle for a $50 online gift card.
For details on the survey, contact Colorado State University professor Lorann Stallones at Lorann.Stallones@ColoState.EDU. https://bit.ly/agri-stress-survey… A link is also on the Colorado Department of Agriculture’s Facebook page.