New publication on managing stress for people working in agriculture

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As a Kansan working in agriculture, you may experience elevated stress as you work hard to produce quality products, sustain your operation, and support your family. A new publication, MF3568 - “Managing Stress: Tips and Resources”, is available online at and hard copies can be purchased through the KSRE Bookstore.

Agriculture workers, employees, and the family often work day and night and cannot always avoid stressful and overwhelming situations, especially during a pandemic, drought, low market prices, and other situations that are out of their control. Resources provided here can assist you or someone you know that needs assistance in managing and overcoming stress. Caring for your own health and wellness in your high-stress profession is often overlooked but is just as critical as caring for your operation.

Identifying Signs of Stress









Memory Loss

Feels Like a Failure



Passive-Aggressive Behavior

Lack of  Concentration

Can’t Do Anything Right

Problems Sleeping



Difficulty with Simple Decisions

Not Being Able to Fix Things

Frequent Illness


Increased Alcohol Use




Loss of Spirit

Taking Drugs




Loss of Sense of Humor










How to Manage Your Stress

  • Take deep breaths
  • Meditate or sit quietly
  • Connect with people in your social network
  • Talk to yourself in a positive manner
  • Exercise, eat good foods, get quality sleep
  • Speak with a mental health professional

Reference: Colorado State University, “Managing Stress During Tough Times,” R.J. Fetsch

Wellbeing and Mental Health Resources

Financial Services and Onsite Assistance

Veteran Support



The Kansas AgrAbility Project’s primary purpose is to directly assist Kansas farmers/ranchers, their employees, and family members who have become injured, have a health condition, or a disability to remain actively engaged in production agriculture for as long as they choose. The Kansas AgrAbility Project is a partnership between Kansas State University, Southeast Kansas Independent Living, and Assistive Technology for Kansans.

Website: | Email: | Telephone: 1-800-KAN-DO-IT

This publication is available online at:


Tawnie Larson, Project  Consultant

Daniel Flippo, Co-Project Director

Edwin Brokesh, Co-Project Director

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