Webinars


 

Cultivating Resiliency Upcoming Live Online Sessions
Webinars and Coffee Chats

Webinars are recorded Coffee Chats are not.
You may access recordings at:
https://americanagriwomen.org/webinars/ or http://umash.umn.edu/cultivating-resiliency/

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the session. Participants in the session are kept anonymous from one another and no audience members will be identified in the session.


 

Upcoming Webinars

•  October 23, 2020 at 12:00 pm CDT–  Gaining Momentum

Registration link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2228657702738109967

Are you at a crossroads in your business and you’re unsure of which way to go next? Do you feel that it’s difficult to separate your business from your personal life…do you have a personal life? Do you struggle with family dynamics within your business? Attend this session and learn ways to REALLY solve these issues, think differently (if you dare), and regain momentum in your business and life.
1) Understanding who you are versus what you do
2) Family dynamics – the great potential and how to effectively tap into it for your farm/ranch/business
3) Mind shift discussion around change, the future, and how the farm/ranch/business is run
4) What’s next for you and how you get there?

**This FREE session is 90 minutes including Q&A

About our presenter for How to Get Unstuck and Gaining Momentum: Tami Forero is a strategic thinker and creative problem solver. As CEO of successful, Colorado Springs-based company, Forté Events, Inc. and Forté Consulting, she has helped small companies, Fortune 500’s, and two countries overcome issues and realize success.

With twenty-eight years of experience, Tami helps clients achieve higher profits, meet goals, and is a sought-after speaker nationwide on subjects of real change, internal business structures, sales, work-life balance, and profitability.

Tami’s family has owned and operated farms in upstate New York for generations. Her Father left farming for the military and later started a successful family business, which moved the family around the country but Tami’s summer experiences on her Uncle’s farm left an indelible mark on her heart for all things agriculture. Over her career, Tami has worked with agricultural companies and organizations of all types helping them strengthen their businesses.


 

Upcoming Cultivating Resiliency Virtual Coffee Chats

Times are challenging! Grab your cup of coffee and join us for an opportunity to listen and share in our Cultivating Resiliency free online “Coffee Chat” group. This is an opportunity to share what is on your mind related to agricultural stress in a safe place. Participants are allowed to be anonymous and may type in their questions or verbalize them, or just listen. The session is limited to a maximum of 20 registrants and will last one hour. The session will not be recorded and participants may choose to remain anonymous. About our facilitator: Dr. Brenda Mack is a behavioral health and human services consultant, trainer and presenter, and an Assistant Professor in the Social Work Department at Bemidji State University (BSU). Brenda is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker through the Minnesota Board of Social Work. Brenda grew up on a farm and currently lives on a farm with her farming family. Brenda completed her Doctor of Social Work at the University of St. Thomas in the spring of 2020.

Monday, October 26 at 7PM

Please register for Cultivating Resiliency Coffee Chat on Oct 26, 2020 7:00 PM CDT at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4777644514835519246

Friday, November 13 at 12PM/Noon

Please register for Cultivating Resiliency Coffee Chat on Nov 13, 2020 12:00 PM CST at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6139948217745968651

Monday, November 23 at 12PM/Noon

Please register for Cultivating Resiliency Coffee Chat on Nov 23, 2020 12:00 PM CST at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5913634639889248779

Monday, December 8 at 7 PM

Please register for Cultivating Resiliency Coffee Chat on Dec 8, 2020 7:00 PM CST at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7256534161708764686

Monday, December 14 at 12PM/Noon

Please register for Cultivating Resiliency Coffee Chat on Dec 14, 2020 12:00 PM CST at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/46918770637397006


 

Past Virtual Coffee Chats

 

August 18, 2020

– Cultivating Resiliency Virtual Coffee Chat – Mixed-gender session

August 6, 2020

– Cultivating Resiliency Virtual Coffee Chat – Mixed-gender session

Junly 30, 2020

– Cultivating Resiliency Virtual Coffee Chat – Mixed-gender session

June 17, 2020

– Cultivating Resiliency Virtual Coffee Chat – Mixed-gender session

June 3, 2020

– Cultivating Resiliency Virtual Coffee Chat – Mixed-gender session

May 27, 2020

– Cultivating Resiliency Virtual Coffee Chat – Women-only session

May 14, 2020

– Cultivating Resiliency Virtual Coffee Chat – Mixed gender session

April 28, 2020

– Cultivating Resiliency Virtual Coffee Chat – Women-only session

April 20, 2020

– Cultivating Resiliency Virtual Coffee Chat – Mixed gender session

April 17, 2020

– Cultivating Resiliency Virtual Coffee Chat – Mixed gender session

April 14, 2020

– Cultivating Resiliency Virtual “Cream” with Your Coffee Chat – Special Edition – Dairy Community Session

April 10, 2020

– When is it more than a Bad Mood? Depression and anxiety related to pregnancy & childbirth

April 6, 2020

– Cultivating Resiliency Virtual Coffee Chat – Women-only session

April 3, 2020

– Cultivating Resiliency Virtual Coffee Chat – Mixed gender session

March 16, 2020

– Cultivating Resiliency Virtual Coffee Chat – Women-only session

March 9, 2020

– Cultivating Resiliency Virtual Coffee Chat – Mixed gender session

March 3, 2020

– Cultivating Resiliency Virtual Coffee Chat – Women-only session


 

Recorded Webinars

 

September 30, 2020 at 12 noon CDT How to Get Unstuck

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Presented by:
Tami Forero

Do you feel like you’re stuck in the same place in your business? Your career? Your life? Not sure which way to go next? Grow the business? Change careers? Take on more responsibility? Sell the business? Grow the team? Shrink the team? Are you looking for the next thing that will restore the passion you once felt for agriculture? For your life? Come learn strategies for getting unstuck from someone who has been there…more than once. You’ll leave with tools that will empower you to make the decisions you need to move forward and be successful. Come get your joy back as we work together to get unstuck!
1) Gain skill in identifying the real issues
2) Hear advice from experts and peers
3) Learn strategies for assessing and choosing successful options
4) Leave with tools that will help you decide what’s next

About our presenter: Tami Forero is a strategic thinker and creative problem solver. As CEO of successful, Colorado Springs-based company, Forté Events, Inc. and Forté Consulting, she has helped small companies, Fortune 500’s, and two countries overcome issues and realize success.

With twenty-eight years of experience, Tami helps clients achieve higher profits, meet goals, and is a sought-after speaker nationwide on subjects of real change, internal business structures, sales, work-life balance, and profitability.

Tami’s family has owned and operated farms in upstate New York for generations. Her Father left farming for the military and later started a successful family business, which moved the family around the country but Tami’s summer experiences on her Uncle’s farm left an indelible mark on her heart for all things agriculture. Over her career, Tami has worked with agricultural companies and organizations of all types helping them strengthen their businesses.


Wednesday, August 26, 2020 at 12 noon CDT Special FAIR Webinar

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Our State Fair is a GREAT State Fair!

Let’s have some fun for once! With all of the stress going around and canceled fairs we decided that everyone deserved a break. During this session, we will take a nostalgic look back at the biggest and best State Fair in the country – “The Great Minnesota Get-Together”. On the eve of what would have been the start of the 2020 Minnesota State Fair, Minnesota State Fair Archivist Specialist Keri Huber will be sharing rarely seen historic photos and commentary about the Fair. Following Keri’s presentation Fair aficionados Monica Kramer McConkey, LPC and Cultivating Resiliency Co-Leads Doris Mold and Megan Roberts will lead a discussion on the impact of the cancellation of Fairs on the agriculture community. Fair presentation and Q & A will last approximately one hour followed by 30-minute impact discussion.


August 11, 2020 – Special UMASH Expo “Tool Talk” Webinar

Fill Your Resiliency Toolbox: Using Empowerment Tools, Strategies, and Solutions to Deal with Ag-Related Stress

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New “Tool Talk” Program! During this interactive session, participants will learn about resiliency-building strategies and exercises to effectively cope with ag-related stress. Participants will engage in real-time, in-the-moment, activities that can be replicated in everyday life. This “tool talk” is meant to empower participants in overcoming ag-related challenges and difficulties while increasing feelings of joy, hope, and happiness.

Dr. Brenda Mack, LICSW, is a behavioral health and wellness consultant, trainer, presenter, researcher and Assistant Professor/Field Director in the Social Work Department at Bemidji State University. Brenda worked for twenty years as a program manager, outpatient/in-home therapist and mobile behavioral health crisis responder for a community mental health center in rural Minnesota. Brenda grew up in a farm family in the Red River Valley and is married to a fourth-generation crop farmer.

Brought to you by a collaborative of the University of Minnesota Women in Ag Network, District 11 Agri-Women, American Agri-Women, Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center, Annie’s Project and the Rural Resiliency Project made possible by the Neil Lipinski Fund and the UW-Eau Claire Foundation


July 22, 2020 Through Ag Women’s Eyes – Agriculture Stress Across the U.S.

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Learn what is happening with agriculture and farm stress across the country. We have a terrific panel of women farmers, ranchers, and growers from across the country that will share a woman in the “field” perspective by sharing their thoughts on ag stress in their region and in their commodities. We will also feature a presentation of selected results from the 2019 Women in Ag Stress survey – stress from the perspective of women in their own words by

Panelists include our very own AAW members:
• Sue McCrum, Maine – Potatoes and Grain – McCrum Farm to Fork Family operation and Chair Maine FSA Committee Somula Schwoeppe, Indiana – Dairy and Dairy Manager for Feeding America
• Katie Boshart Glaser, Oregon – Grass seed and other seed crops, Small Business Owner, Candidate for Oregon State Representative
• Lesley Schmidt, Kansas – Crops and beef cattle, VP of Education for American Agri-Women

The panel will be moderated by the Cultivating Resiliency Co-Leads Megan Roberts and Doris Mold.


June 12, 2020 – Honoring Grief When Making Devastating Agriculture Decisions During COVID-19

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Presented by: Shauna Reitmeier and Megan Roberts

During this session, participants will gain information and resources on the impacts of grief and loss. In the time of COVID-19 when farmers and agriculture communities have had to make devastating decisions with livestock, dairy supplies, and sustainability of the farming way of life, it can be traumatic and have a lasting effect. Hear from farmer experiences and learn tools and strategies to honor your grief and loss and ways to live through that impact.

About our Honoring Grief When Making Devastating Agriculture Decisions During COVID-19 presenters.

Shauna Reitmeier, MSW, LGSW will share the latest best practices and research on grief and healing from grief. Shauna has over 20 years of experience in the behavioral healthcare and cognitive disabilities fields. She currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the Northwestern Mental Health Center, which serves a comprehensive array of behavioral healthcare services to adults, children, and families across six (6) rural and frontier counties of Northwest Minnesota. Shauna grew up on a farm and is well-connected with rural communities.

Megan Roberts is a University of Minnesota Extension educator. Her Extension work primarily focuses on farm transition, farm resiliency, and women in ag. Her most recent research explored farmer emotional and financial wellbeing. Megan is proud to live and work on a hog and crop farm in southern MN.

Handout:
Honoring Ag Grief During COVID-19


May 19, 2020 Compassion Fatigue in Agriculture

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Presented by: Monica Kramer McConkey

Are you noticing that you are exhausted and emotionally withdrawing from your family, neighbors, clients or customers? You could be experiencing Compassion Fatigue. This can be a common experience for those who work with chronically stressed individuals. During this webinar, learn what Compassion Fatigue is, how to prevent it from happening, and
strategies to deal with it if you are experiencing symptoms.

About our presenter: Monica Kramer McConkey, LPC has 25 years of experience in the behavioral health field as a child and adolescent counselor, program supervisor, and administrator. Monica grew up on a farm in Northwest Minnesota and has an intimate understanding of the dynamics that contribute to farm stress and its impact on farm families. Monica is very – much in touch with the agricultural way of life.


April 8, 2020 – How to Manage When You and Your Family’s Lives Have Been Upended

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Presented by: Monica Kramer McConkey, Megan Roberts, and Amy Smith

Covid-19 has brought unprecedented changes to our lives. Amidst it all, farms and families have to keep functioning. Are you working from home? Are you helping your kids learn from a distance? Are you trying to farm or ranch through all these changes? Mental health specialist Monica McConkey and agricultural education professor Amy Smith will join moderator Extension educator Megan Roberts to talk about strategies to learn, work, and thrive from home during a spring planting season unlike any other.

    About our presenters:

Monica Kramer McConkey, LPC has 25 years of experience in the behavioral health field as a child and adolescent counselor, program supervisor, and administrator. Monica grew up on a farm in Northwest Minnesota and has an intimate understanding of the dynamics that contribute to farm stress and its impact on farm families. Monica is very much in touch with the agricultural way of life.

Amy Smith is an Associate Professor of Agricultural Education at the University of Minnesota. There, she teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses and conducts research on school and community-based agricultural education, teacher recruitment and retention. She provides support for developing, new and veteran teachers, encouraging work/life integration in order to avoid burnout. Personally, Amy is a single mom to a medically-complex 9 year old son, Treynor. While she doesn’t have it all figured out, she understands the critical importance of prioritizing things that matter most.

Megan Roberts is a University of Minnesota Extension educator. Her Extension work primarily focuses on farm transition, farm resiliency, and women in ag. Her most recent research explored farmer emotional and financial wellbeing. Megan is proud to live on a hog and crop farm with her husband and young son.

Handout:
Managing During COVID-19


March 17, 2020 – Tough Times in Agriculture panel discussion

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Join us for an outstanding panel with speakers that have had various experiences related to agricultural stress, mental well-being, and cultivating resiliency.

Panelists include:

• Meg Moynihan, Minnesota Department of Agriculture and dairy producer
• Mark Koehn, former hog farmer and current agricultural assessor with Stearns County
• Brenda Miller, University of Minnesota Extension Educator in Todd County

The panel will be moderated by Emily Wilmes, Extension Educator and Director of the Rural Stress Task Force with the University of Minnesota Extension.


March 13, 2020 – I Can’t Do This Anymore: When Chronic Stress Takes Its Toll

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Presented by: Monica Kramer McConkey
In this interactive session, we will dive into the difference between stress and chronic stress including the impact of chronic stress on our thinking, emotions, and physical wellness. Learn strategies to implement life changes that will counteract the effects of chronic stress and make your days more enjoyable.

About our presenter: Monica Kramer McConkey, LPC has 25 years of experience in the behavioral health field as a child and adolescent counselor, program supervisor, and administrator. Monica grew up on a farm in Northwest Minnesota and has an intimate understanding of the dynamics that contribute to farm stress and its impact on farm families. Monica is very much in touch with the agricultural way of life.


February 26, 2020 – Blah! It is Still WINTER!!!

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Presented by: Monica Kramer McConkey
Have the darker days and colder temps been smothering your joy? Winter seems to drag on forever. Are you looking for a new outlook but don’t know where to start? Join us on this webinar to learn effective ways of managing our emotions during the tough winter months and even early spring for those of us who live on the tundra or for those dealing with MUD season. Learn what signs and symptoms to watch for in yourself and others, discover effective ways to battle the blues.

About our presenter:
Monica Kramer McConkey, LPC has 25 years of experience in the behavioral health field as a child and adolescent counselor, program supervisor, and administrator. Monica grew up on a farm in Northwest Minnesota and has an intimate understanding of the dynamics that contribute to farm stress and its impact on farm families. Monica is very much in touch with the agricultural way of life.


February 7, 2020 – Planting Courage and Authenticity in a Farming Life

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Are you tired of the same old same old in your farming life, family and relationships? Do you feel that you have more to give or more to who you are that can help you and your farm thrive? In this session, you will be exposed to the research of Brene’ Brown on shame and vulnerability. Shauna Reitmeier will share with you key elements and factors rooted in Brene’s work that you can use to break through personal barriers, help you gain focus and a 2020 vision.

Shauna Reitmeier, MSW, LGSW will lead this session of Coffee Chat. Shauna has over 20 years of experience in the behavioral healthcare and cognitive disabilities fields. She currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the Northwestern Mental Health Center, which serves a comprehensive array of behavioral healthcare services to adults, children and families across six (6) rural and frontier counties of Northwest Minnesota. Shauna grew up on a farm and is well-connected with rural communities.

Presented by: Shauna Reitmeier


January 24, 2020 – Supporting Farm Youth through Understanding and Intervention

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Presented by: Monica Kramer McConkey
The farm economy of the last few years has been difficult and destructive for farm families. The downturn doesn’t just affect the financial and emotional well-being of farm and ranch owners; it impacts family members as well. Children and adolescents may be living in tense situations with little ability to make sense of what is going on around them.

Rural communities lack resources for youth experiencing family stress and/or crisis. It is critical that people who work with farm kids develop the knowledge and skills to understand, support, and intervene on their behalf in times of stress.

EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES
Participants will:
1. Learn about the complex and unique personal stressors common in farming today.
2. Learn about the ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) study, typical developmental milestones in adolescence and the impact stress has on emotional and physical development.
3. Explore relationship-building techniques and interventions.
4. Learn about resources within their communities.

About our presenter: Monica Kramer McConkey, LPC has 25 years of experience in the behavioral health field as a child and adolescent counselor, program supervisor, and administrator. Monica grew up on a farm in Northwest Minnesota and has an intimate understanding of the dynamics that contribute to farm stress and its impact on farm families. Monica is very much in touch with the agricultural way of life.


January 10, 2020 – New Year, New Farm Goals!

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Presented by: Megan Roberts
Lack of direction can increase stress on and off the farm. A survey of participants in our 2019 Cultivating Resiliency Questionnaire showed that farm transition was a top stressor.

As we start the fresh new year, in this webinar we will talk about strategies to develop more effective farm goals. Our discussion will be framed around the topic of farm transition, but the concepts can be applied to many situations.

About our presenter: Megan Roberts is a University of Minnesota Extension Educator in Ag Business Management. Her work focuses on farm transition, farm resiliency, and other risk management topics. She holds bachelor’s and master’s from the University of Minnesota and a doctorate from a joint program from Texas Tech and Texas A&M Universities. Her dissertation at Texas A&M focused on farmer emotional and financial wellbeing. Megan grew up working on her parents’ dairy and continues to be actively engaged in farming with her husband’s family farm.

Handout:
New Year New Goals


December 13, 2019 – Holiday Self Care, Strategies and Tips

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Presented by: Shauna Reitmeier & Monica Kramer McConkey
Do you love the holidays but find them challenging? Do you become Scrooge and say Bah Humbug? While the holiday season can be filled with many blessings, for some it is one of the most challenging times of the year. Whether the loss of a loved one, loss of income limiting your giving or navigating family dynamics, this webinar will give you ideas and tools to help take care of yourself, set boundaries, reap the blessings and find gratitude during the holiday season.

About our presenters: Shauna Reitmeier, MSW, LGSW, has over 20 years of experience in the behavioral healthcare and cognitive disabilities fields. She currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the Northwestern Mental Health Center, which serves a comprehensive array of behavioral healthcare services to adults, children and families across six (6) rural and frontier counties of Northwest Minnesota. Shauna grew up on a farm and is well-connected with rural communities.

Monica Kramer McConkey, LPC has 25 years of experience in the behavioral health field as a child and adolescent counselor, program supervisor, and administrator. Monica grew up on a farm in Northwest Minnesota and has an intimate understanding of the dynamics that contribute to farm stress and its impact on farm families. Monica is very much in touch with the agricultural way of life.


December 6, 2019 – Effective Communication: A Strategy to Reduce Farm Stress

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Presented by: Megan Roberts
It’s the time of year where many farm families and friends are getting together for celebrations. It can be easy to let farm and business discussions creep into family time, increasing stress levels.

In this webinar, we will talk about communication styles, generational differences, and how to engage in active listening techniques. Then we will make the case for why you might want to schedule important business discussions, for example, conversations about farm transition, for another time of year.

About our presenter: Megan Roberts is a University of Minnesota Extension Educator in Ag Business Management. Her work focuses on farm transition, farm resiliency, and other risk management topics. She holds bachelor’s and master’s from the University of Minnesota and a doctorate from a joint program from Texas Tech and Texas A&M Universities. Her dissertation at Texas A&M focused on farmer emotional and financial well being. Megan grew up working on her parents’ dairy and continues to be actively engaged in farming with her husband’s family farm.

Handout:
One Year Anniversary Session Handout
Communication: A Self-Assessment Exercise


November 22, 2019 – An Introduction to Suicide Prevention

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Presented by: Monica Kramer McConkey
With the current difficulties in agriculture and a particularly difficult harvest season, many are concerned about their friends and loved ones.

Feelings of depression, hopelessness, and frustration are common as well as increased substance use and other negative coping strategies. It is critical that everyone have a basic understanding of suicide prevention as a way to support those around you. This webinar “An Introduction to Suicide Prevention” will cover:
1. The scope of the problem
2. Identifying individuals at risk and how to help
3. How to respond when a suicide does occur

About our presenter: Monica Kramer McConkey, LPC has 25 years of experience in the behavioral health field as a child and adolescent counselor, program supervisor, and administrator. Monica grew up on a farm in Northwest Minnesota and has an intimate understanding of the dynamics that contribute to farm stress and its impact on farm families. Monica is very much in touch with the agricultural way of life.


October 25, 2019  – Grief and Mourning: What you need to know

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Presented by: Shauna Reitmeier
Farmers and agricultural communities experience grief in many ways. In this webinar participants will learn what grief is, how it is experienced and ways to work through the grieving process. Shauna Reitmeier, MSW, LGSW will share the latest best practices and research on grief and healing from grief.


October 11, 2019 – Navigating Conflict and Tough Discussions: Now What? Applying the tools and concepts in real-life situations

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Presented by: Shauna Reitmeier and Kristine Ranger
Communication is a key factor in building and maintaining healthy farm/ranch family and agricultural business relationships. Inevitably there will be conflict and when avoided or addressed in a way that escalates the conflict it can lead to breakdowns in the relationships most important in having a successful family and/or business. Simultaneously unresolved conflict can lead to added stress, decreased health and it erodes personal resiliency to bounce back from other life stressors. This webinar will use real-life examples of conflicts within farming & ranching families and/or businesses to demonstrate how to put the tools and concepts from previous webinars into practice. You will be able to leave this webinar and begin to apply skills in promoting positive communication and navigate conflict more easily.


September 13, 2019 – Navigating Conflict

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Presented by: Shauna Reitmeier and Kristine Ranger
Conflict is inevitable and a normal part of life, however, people respond to conflict in many different ways. Too often, when placed in a stressful situation, our knee-jerk responses can get the best of us and damage relationships. In this session, we will delve deeper into the sources of conflict, including triggers or hot-spots, and other behaviors that illicit productive, unproductive, or even destructive responses. At the end of this part two, you will have skills, tools and strategies for navigating conflict in your everyday interactions.


August 9, 2019 – Navigating Tough Discussions

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Presented by: Shauna Reitmeier and Kristine Ranger
Communication is important in every aspect of our lives. In agriculture, effective communication while farming and ranching is especially important, but sometimes we are reluctant or unable to have critical conversations — especially when we are dealing with tough topics such as farm transitions, financial situations and family working relationships. Strong communication skills are important in maintaining health, well-being and relationships.

Shauna and Kristine guided a two-part series to learn about communication realities, our natural responses to conflict, and why we communicate and act the way we do when threatened or under stress.


July 12, 2019 – Who Am I if I Am Not a Farmer Anymore?

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Presented by: Shauna Reitmeier and Brenda Mack
Brenda and Shauna address the pain and agony that farmers, family members and others in the ag industry go through when major changes happen. Examples include transition and succession planning, getting out of the agriculture business or dealing with significant health issues that change life as we know it. This session may be helpful those in a primary or secondary role in agriculture who are affected by these challenges. The presenters will address issues regarding self-identity crises, feelings of isolation, sadness and hopelessness. The session will include strategies to deal with major changes in agriculture to help cultivate hope and resilience. And, the question of “In addition to being a farmer, who am I?” will be answered.

Handouts:
Session 9 Handout
Self-Talk Worksheet


June 14, 2019 – Anxiety, Depression and Coping Skills
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Presented by: Brenda Mack
Brenda Mack, MSW, LICSW shares the signs and symptoms of anxiety and depression connected to the stressors of living a farming and ranching life. The session will cover risk/protective factors and coping skills/strategies. Case scenario examples will be used throughout the conversation. Participants are encouraged to ask questions or share suggestions. Please join the session if you or someone you know is dealing with ag-related stress, worrying and/or sadness and you are looking for practical suggestions to reduce symptoms.

The topic for discussion will last approximately 40- 45 minutes and then an interactive Q & A period will utilize the remaining time. All sessions in the series will be recorded and made available after the session for those who could not make the live session or for those who would like to listen again.

Handouts:
Session 8 Handout
Depression Factsheet
Anxiety Disorders Factsheet
Suicide Factsheet


May 10, 2019  – Suicide and the Agriculture Way of Life: What you need to know

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Presented by: Shauna Reitmeier
Death by suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US. Living in rural areas and being in the agriculture business, brings increased risk factors. This webinar will help you identify the risk and protective factors farmers face related to suicide. It will give you tools and strategies to identify if someone you know is at risk, help you to ask difficult questions and ways to access resources to get additional support.

The topic for discussion will last approximately 40- 45 minutes and then an interactive Q & A period will utilize the remaining time. All sessions in the series will be recorded and made available after the session for those who could not make the live session or for those who would like to listen again.

Handout:
Session 7 Handout


April 12, 2019  – Putting it All Together

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Presented by: Shauna Reitmeier and Brenda Mack
In this wrap-up session, Shauna and Brenda will summarize the information presented throughout the Cultivating Resiliency series of webinars. Time will be spent answering questions or addressing topics that were not touched on based on feedback from participants.

Handout:
Session 6 Handout


March 8, 2019 – Increasing Your Joy and Happiness While Living a Farm Life

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Presented by: Shauna Reitmeier and Brenda Mack
In this session, Shauna and Brenda will focus on increasing joy and happiness in your farm life. Self-compassion, random acts of kindness and expressing gratitude are practical ideas that will be further explored to bolster positive feelings.

Handout:
Session 5 Handout


February 8, 2019 – Building and Maintaining Relationships in Stressful Times

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Presented by: Shauna Reitmeier and Brenda Mack
In this session, Shauna will share the importance of relationships in farming and ranching lives. Ways to initiate, maintain or improve communication with spouses, family members, neighbors and community members will be discussed. Be prepared to ask questions or make comments and the presenter will respond.

Handouts:
Session 4 Handout
Core Values
Hold Me Tight


January 25, 2019 – You Can’t Pour from an Empty Cup — How do you fill it up to support yourself and others?

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Presented by: Shauna Reitmeier and Brenda Mack
In this session, Shauna and Brenda will share how stress, when not addressed, can deplete farming and ranching women’s energy and their ability to effectively keep up with their responsibilities. Participants will learn ways to manage stress and come up with ways to prioritize to keep energy high and meet many demands. Be prepared to ask questions or make comments and the presenter will respond.

Handouts:
Session 3 Handout
4-7-8 Breathing Exercise
Healthy Sleep Tips
Action Plan Template


January 11, 2019 – Self-Care Tips to Help Reduce Stress

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Presented by: Shauna Reitmeier and Brenda Mack
In this session, Brenda will provide a brief overview of how stress affects our health and well-being. Exploring self-care practices as an option to deal with worrying and stress will occur. Participants will learn about a practical tool to build and implement an individualized stress-reduction plan. The importance of connecting with others as part of self-care will also be addressed. Be prepared to ask questions or make comments and the presenter will respond.

Handouts:
Session 2 Handout
Personal Self Care Model
Self-Talk Worksheet
Cultivating Resiliency Resources


December 14, 2018 – Impact of Farming and Ranching Stress for Women 101

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Presented by: Shauna Reitmeier and Brenda Mack
In this session, Shauna and Brenda will define and discuss farming and ranching stress that may be affecting women in agriculture. The presenters will address possible outcomes of excessive worrying and hopelessness. Dealing with stress in healthy and healing ways will be highlighted. Be prepared to ask questions or make comments and the presenters will respond.

Handouts:
Session 1 Handout
Personal Self Care Model
Self-Talk Worksheet
Stress Symptoms


“Our goal is to help women in agriculture focus on what they can control in these challenging times and connect them to resources and information to help them endure stress,” says Jeanette Lombardo, AAW president.

Nationwide Survey
The “Cultivating Resiliency” project, which is funded by a UMASH grant, also includes a survey to help gather data to develop future programming. Here’s the link to take the survey: z.umn.edu/cultivatingsurvey

Webinar Facilitators
Shauna Reitmeier and Brenda Mack, both of whom have agricultural backgrounds, will lead the webinars.

Shauna Reitmeier, MSW
Shauna Reitmeier, MSW, has over 20 years of experience in the behavioral healthcare and cognitive disabilities fields. She currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the Northwestern Mental Health Center, which serves a comprehensive array of behavioral healthcare services to adults, children and families across six rural and frontier counties of Northwest Minnesota. Her background of growing up on her family’s two-generation farm, working the fields during harvest, and experiencing the stressors and joys the agriculture way of life brings has brought awareness and insight to her work within the communities she serves.

Brenda Mack
Brenda Mack is a behavioral health and human services consultant, trainer and presenter, and an Assistant Professor in the Social Work Department at Bemidji State University (BSU). Brenda is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker. Her dad was a third-generation Red River Valley crop farmer and her mom was his partner in marriage for 50 years and helped run their agricultural operations. Her husband, Trent, is a fourth-generation crop farmer. Brenda has a special place in her heart for women in agriculture and wants to spark a conversation about the impacts of stress, building resilience, and self-care strategies.

www.umash.umn.edu/cultivating-resiliency-webinars/


Other AAW / Agriculture-Related Recorded Webinars

April 18, 2018 – Farm Recordkeeping in a Challenging Farm Economy

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Presented by: Megan Roberts

In this session, we will discuss how good farm recordkeeping can save you both time and money. We will discuss strategies to keep up to date with records, identify ways to record transactions in a detailed manner—including how to separate family living and farm expenses, overview electronic recordkeeping systems, and talk about how benchmarking can enable more deep understanding of your farm’s financial position.

About our Presenter: Megan Roberts is an Assistant Extension Professor–Extension Educator in Agricultural Business Management for University of Minnesota Extension. Previously, she was an Agribusiness Instructor at South Central College, a community college. Megan holds a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from the University of Minnesota and is a doctoral candidate in Agricultural Education at Texas A&M University. She, her husband, and father-in-law farm corn, soybeans, and farrow-to-finish hogs in rural southern Minnesota.

Managing the Farm Checkbook – Wednesday, April 4, 2018

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Presented by: Amanda Durow

Understanding your farm’s financials is more than balancing a checkbook. We will discuss managing capital and credit for your farm business to succeed and grow. We will also explore your credit options with bank loans, government loans, and alternative financing. Example tools and templates will be provided.

Presenter: Amanda Durow is a Senior Credit Officer with CoBank, the largest Farm Credit Bank. She focuses on dairy, livestock, agribusiness, and grain/farm supply companies. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science and master’s in business administration from the University of Minnesota. Amanda also is a fifth generation crop and dairy farmer with her husband and his family in Minnesota.

Maximize Your Social Media Efforts – Wednesday, March 28, 2018

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Presented by: Caitlin Keck

You’ve launched your business on social media. Now what? Learn methods to keep your audience engaged and gain new followers in the pursuit of brand awareness and sales.

Presenter: Caitlin Keck is the Marketing & Communications Director at Environmental Tillage Systems (ETS) in Faribault, MN. The company manufactures and sells SoilWarrior strip-tillage equipment primarily in the United States and Canada. Caitlin has a B.S. in Agricultural Education from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities and an MS-MBA in Food and Agribusiness Management from Purdue University. She grew up on a dairy farm, and her husband works for his family’s corn, soybean and hog farm. In her free time, Caitlin enjoys baking and gardening. She sells produce directly to customers and a local grocery store.

Diving Deeper into Your Business Plan – Friday, March 14, 2018

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Presented by: Doris Mold

The first session in our Essentials of Farm and Ranch Business Management Skills – Series 2 – Business planning is an essential skill to help organize thoughts, make plans for the future, consider and test alternatives before investing money, and other resources in your business. A written plan is key tool in getting a loan approval and other funds to start or grow your business. We will dive deeper into the plan including mission, vision, goal setting and SWOT analysis. We will also review both simple and more complex plans. Additional “work” sessions will be offered via Go To Meeting for participants who would like to have more in-depth coverage of business plan topics.

Presenter: Doris Mold has coached hundreds of people in developing their own business plans in the past 19 years. She teaches Farm and Agri-Business Management at the University of Minnesota; farms with her husband and daughter; is President of Sunrise Agricultural Associates, an ag consulting business. She is also the current Past-President of American Agri-Women. Doris has a Master’s of Science degree in Agricultural and Applied Economics; and holds a B.S. in Agricultural and Applied Economics; Agricultural Education and Animal Science, all from the University of Minnesota.

Unleash Your Power of Full Engagement Webinar – Friday, September 22, 2017

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Presented by: Heather Hampton+Knodle, AAW First VP

Let’s face it, work-life balance is a myth. It is a continual juggling act of priorities and timelines. The key is how to engage fully in the moment to produce your desired results. Tune in and double down during this webinar. Presenter: Heather Hampton+Knodle, AAW First VP.

 

Policy Pressure Points and Preparing for Fly-In – Friday, May 19, 2017

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Presented by:
Karolyn Zurn, Governmental Issues Chairman
Ruth Jensen, Fly-In Chairman
Heather Hampton+Knodle, Moderator

Presenters: Governmental Issues Chairman Karolyn Zurn, Fly-In Chairman Ruth Jensen, Moderator Heather Hampton+Knodle
Get the latest on key policy issues that AAW will be taking to “The Hill” in Washington, D.C. at AAW’s Annual Fly-In June 4-7. The second half of the webinar will focus on logistics and planning for Fly-In.

 

Essential Farm and Ranch Business Management Skills Webinar Series
A joint project of American Agri-Women and the Farmer Veteran Coalition through a USDA Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program Standard Grant Program Project. Anyone may join us for this webinar series, but we are encouraging veterans and in particular we are trying to empower women veterans in their quest to be farmers and ranchers. In this introductory series participants will develop their knowledge and skills in some essential areas of farm and ranch business management.Webinars will be offered on Tuesdays, at 11 a.m. Pacific time (12 noon Mountain time; 1 p.m. Central time and 2 p.m. Eastern time). Each webinar is scheduled to be one hour in length including question and answer time. Sessions will be recorded and available on this page following the webinar.

The Basics of Financing Your Farm – How to get the Money You Need
Tuesday, April 4, 2017

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Presented by: Amanda Durow
Understanding your farm’s financials is critical for farm success. We will explore records that are needed for your business to succeed and grow, including income statement, cash flow, balance sheets, and budget projections. We will discuss what a lender may require for your application and how to ask for financing. Example tools and templates will be provided.

Building Your Business – Tuesday, April 11, 2017

 

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Presented by: Heather Hampton+Knodle
Build your business on a firm foundation with this webinar that will decode some jargon and walk through the essentials for a start-up.

Launch Your Business on Social Media – Tuesday, March 14, 2017

 

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Presented by: Caitlin Keck
Your audience is key to a successful business. You will learn how to create engaging content as well as best practices to reach your target audience.


Getting Moving on Your Business Plan – Tuesday, March 7, 2017

 

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Presented by: Doris Mold
Business planning is an essential skill to help organize thoughts, make plans for the future, consider and test alternatives before investing money, and other resources in your business. A written plan is key tool in getting a loan approval and other funds to start or grow your business. We will cover the key sections of the business plan including but not limited to: goal setting, operations, marketing, risk management, personnel and financial. We will get you started on the right path using the AgPlan business plan template. Additional “work” sessions will be offered to participants on to help participants work through their plans.


Basics of Recordkeeping and Financials for Farmers and Ranchers
Tuesday, February 28, 2017

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Presented by: Megan Roberts
In this session, you will learn about the basics of farm recordkeeping. Proper farm recordkeeping can save you both time and money. We will learn why it is important to keep records, discuss how to classify assets and liabilities, identify ways to record transactions, briefly overview the four primary financial statements, and talk about electronic recordkeeping systems.

Session III: How to Hire a Rock Star (and keep the drama queens out)!

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Description: In the final session of our three part HR series, participants will examine a successful hiring process that can be adopted for operations of any size and understand how to implement proven practices that will help them become the envy of their neighborhood.

Session II: Addressing Soft Skills with Hard Core Strategies: How Organizational Health Impacts Employee Engagement and Retention

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Description: In part two of a three part HR series, participants will dig deeper into organizational strategy and health and recognize how they impact employee engagement and retention. We will explore the process used to achieve clarity in business and the consequences of not having a cohesive leadership team. You will understand how these building blocks can impact the kinds and types of employees who work for you.

Session I: Evaluating, Extending and Enhancing your Farm HR Program

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Description: In this first session of a three part HR series, participants will become familiar with the many different components that comprise an effective on-farm Human Resource program – from recruiting to disciplining – and the importance of everything in between. Upon completion of this session, participants will recognize their on farm HR deficiencies and identify ways to overcome them.

14 Points for Transformation of Management
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Current Issues and Preparing for Fly-In – May 13, 2016

Host: Karolyn Zurn, AAW Issues Chair; Ruth Jensen, AAW Fly-In Chair

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Affiliate Branding and Best Practices for Officers – Continuity in Transition – April 15, 2016

Host: Sarah Fernandez

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Using Technology to Make Your Affiliate More Efficient – February 24, 2016

Host: Lisa Campion, AAW Executive Assistant and Attorney with Gale & McAllister, PLLC

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In a digital age, AAW is moving towards implementing leading technologies to help us communicate with our members, affiliates and the world about our mission. We want to take the time to make you aware of the new technologies and how you can use them in your affiliate chapters and other organizations you may be involved with.

We will talk about how to utilize Excel, JotForm, Square, FreeConferenceCall.Com and Google to help your affiliate establish membership databases and email lists, online dues payments, online event registrations.  We will also discuss how to create an agenda, gain feedback on the agenda, and then collecting feedback after the meeting or event.  We will also talk about how to ensure your affiliate “brand” so your communications look professional.  Come with questions!


Farm Transition Planning for Success III – December 8, 2015

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Consultants from Ag Transition Partners describe how they conduct the on farm family coaching piece and bring geographically dispersed families and successors together to discuss and overcome the interpersonal barriers to successful planning. They help you define how the family unit will work together in an empowered manner.


Farm Transition Planning for Success II – November 17, 2015

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Members of Ag Transition Partners, a multi-state collaboration of educators and agribusiness consultants, describe the multi-layered approach they use to help families prepare for farm transition planning.  Their approach was piloted in a USDA Risk Management grant anchored by a family team building process and sustained with individualized coaching. This approach helps farm families ensure the legacy of their operations.


Team Building – November 13, 2015

Host: Juanita Reed Boniface, owner, JRB and Associates and Boeckenhauer Cattle.

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Juanita has logged thousands of hours as an educator and has an impressive tool box to share. In this team building webinar she will lead us through understanding and identification of basic principles of teamwork, and the characteristics of the “ideal” team.


Planting Our Future – Women’s Agricultural Leadership Programming – October 28, 2015

Host: Doris Mold, co-founder of the Women’s Agricultural Leadership Conference

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Seventeen years of Women’s Agricultural Leadership – conference, mentoring and networking programs and still growing! Find out about the genesis of this successful program and how it has expanded opportunities for women in Minnesota and beyond. The atmosphere at the conference is absolutely electric. Find out why, along with lessons that have been learned along the way.


Conflict Management – June 12, 2015

Host: Dr. Donita Whitney-Bammerlin, academic program coordinator, Edgerly Outstanding Instructor Fellowship, Department of Management, Kansas State University.

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Conflict is an inevitable part of life. Take part in this webinar to learn about effective conflict management strategies.

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