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As educators and service providers, we are in a unique position to support success of farmer, waterman, logger, horticulture and ag worker operations. We also frequently get unique insights to their motivations, concerns and their wellbeing. While we are strong in our subject matter areas, often we are not so confident in our ability to have supportive conversations with our clientele that will improve their decision making, build on their strengths, and address tough topics. You may be unsure about what to say when working with clientele who are burned out or stressed. The focus of this training is to strengthen confidence in your ability to use proven communication tools to reduce all types of agricultural risks and build resilience in your clientele and their enterprises.


Participants will:

· Learn proven communication techniques that can facilitate positive and productive conversations;

· Increase knowledge about mental health, stress and stigma, and the impact on producers in farming, fishing, aquaculture, horticulture and logging industries and their families;

· Increase knowledge and skills for effective communication when addressing difficult topics and stressors;

· Increase knowledge of mental health resources and programmatic resources;

· Increase capacity to address mental health and build resilience in operations and their families within their communities.


Date: March 22, 2023

Time:  8:30 am – 3:30 pm - Lunch and light snacks will be provided

Location: University of Delaware Paradee Center – 69 Transportation Circle, Dover DE 

Who Should Attend: Extension Professionals, Agriculture Service Providers, Farm Organizations and others working with the farm community

Cost: Free to Registrants

This event is underwritten by the University of Delaware Sea Grant Program and the Sustainable Coastal Community Initiative as well as University of Delaware Cooperative Extension.


University of Maryland Extension:

Alex Chan, Extension Specialist, Mental and Behavioral Health

Jesse Ketterman, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Science, Financial Management

University of Delaware Cooperative Extension

Maria Pippidis, Extension Educator- retired, Family and Consumer Sciences

Laurie Wolinski, Extension Educator, Agriculture Risk Management


This program is brought to you by University of Delaware Cooperative Extension, a service of the UD College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, a land-grant institution. University of Delaware Cooperative Extension in accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, income derived from a public assistance program, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity, in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA (not all bases apply to all programs). Remedies and complaint filing deadlines vary by program or incident.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider. If you have special needs that need to be accommodated, please contact the office two weeks prior to the event.



Start: March 22, 2023
8:30 AM
End: March 22, 2023
3:30 PM
University of Delaware Cooperative Extension

University of Delaware Paradee Center, Transportation Circle, Dover, DE, USA

Transportation Circle 69
19901 Dover DE
United States

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