EAST LANSING, Mich. — Farming is tough. From weather to equipment breakdowns, there are many sources of stress for farmers and farm families. Researchers at Michigan State University Extension are conducting a research study to learn more about struggles Michigan farmers experience, in addition to what types of information may help. Participants in the study will receive text messages over 12 weeks with information and resources relating to both stress and coping strategies for managing stress.
This study is open to Michigan farmers who produce and sell more than $1,000 of agricultural products per year. Eligible participants will be asked to complete two online surveys and will be compensated with a $20 Amazon e-gift card for completing each survey. A small number of participants will be chosen at random to participate in a 30-minute phone interview, for which they will be compensated with a $20 Amazon e-gift card.
Participation is limited! To find out if you are eligible for this study, please answer the following questions: Farm Stress Text Messaging Study Eligibility.
Michigan State University Extension has resources and educators that can help you identify and manage stress. For more information, visit the MSU Extension Managing Farm Stress website. A free webinar series titled Bury Seeds, Not Stress will be offered in the month of September in recognition of the National Suicide Prevention Month.
— Gwyn Shelle, Michigan State University Extension
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