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A FREE Webinar Series for Farmers, Waterman, Farm Workers and Service Providers

As people working with producers and farm workers in farming, fishing, and logging industries, we know how stressful these careers and lifestyles can be. We are in the unique position to support the success of our neighbors, family members and clientele, because we understand the uniqueness of their motivations, concerns and wellbeing. While we are strong in many areas, often we are not so confident in our ability to have supportive conversations that will improve decision making, build on their strengths, and address tough topics. You may be unsure about what to say when working with those who are burned out or stressed. The focus of this training series is to strengthen skills and confidence in your ability to use proven communication tools to reduce all types of risks and build resilience in your community members and their enterprises.

Participants will:

· Increase knowledge and skills for effective communication techniques that facilitate positive and productive conversations. This will include appreciative inquiry; improv techniques and the impact humor can have on mental wellbeing.

· Increase knowledge about mental health, stress and stigma, and the impact these have on producers and their families;

· Increase knowledge of mental health resources and the Confident Conversations programmatic resources;

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

Overview of the FREE Four-Part Series:

June 7, 1-2pm EST Confident Conversations – Using Improv and Humor to Address Mental Wellbeing and Increase Confidence. This session will offer an overview of the educational resources and how to use them with your clientele. We will review the background of the development of these resources, ground the materials in communication and adult education theory and lay the ground work for the rest of this training series.


June 14, 1-2pm EST Conversations in the Cornfield – This session will introduce the humor and communication technique of “Yes and” and appreciative inquiry as tools to create safe environments for difficult conversations.


June 21, 1-2pm EST Super Farmer of Hope – This session will introduce the idea of character strengths and strength spotting as tools to validate and build on strengths to support communication and creative problem solving.


June 28, 1-2pm EST WFRSAN Emotional Weather Report – This session will review information about burnout, provide strategies for determining sources of burnout and offer techniques to address them.



University of Delaware Cooperative Extension

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

Laurie Wolinski, Extension Educator, Agriculture Risk Management

Jake Jacobs, Program Coordinator, FRSAN/-NE Cultivemos Project


This event is underwritten by the University of Delaware Cooperative Extension and the Extension Cohort of the Cultivemos network (AKA Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network).




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.


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