Understanding and Improving the Behavioral Health and Resilience of Farmers

Dr Michael RosmannjpgThursday May 13, 2021 at 1pm CT

Speaker: Dr. Michael R. Rosmann, PhD


Nearly everyone engaged in farming has experienced significant distress during recent years from uncertain markets for their farm products, dealing with weather extremes, COVID-19 and more. How people involved in agriculture manage stress is one of the few factors over which they have some control. This webinar aims to help farmers, farm workers and their families recognize often subtle signs of stress and to understand why farmers often avoid seeking assistance even when needed.

The Presenter:

Dr. Rosmann received his BA in Psychology from the University of Colorado in 1968 and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Clinical Psychology from the University of Utah. He was an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Virginia from 1974 to 1979 when he and his family relocated to Western Iowa to operate a family farm while Dr. Rosmann also provided psychological services, mainly to his fellow farmers. The Farm Crisis of the 1980s led to his life’s work of understanding and improving the behavioral health of the agricultural population through research and determination of “best practices” to assist troubled farmers. He was invited to join the staff of the Department of Occupational and Environmental Health at the University of Iowa where he is now Adjunct Professor. He still manages the family farm while also providing consultative assistance to many farmers, federal agencies, organizations and the media. Dr. Rosmann’s work was instrumental in leading to the establishment of the Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network, which is part of the current Farm Bill.

Webinar Recording - Coming soon.


This webinar is part of a summer series of Inspired by Annie’s webinars sponsored by the Natural Resource Conservation Services (NRCS) Louisiana and LSU AgCenter. For LSU AgCenter Annie’s Project program activities, contact the state coordinator, Maria Bampasidou at mbampasidou@agcenter.lsu.edu.

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