About the Farm Center
Wisconsin Farm Center Handout
The Wisconsin Farm Center provides information and support to farmers and their families in order to help grow Wisconsin’s agricultural economy. The Center partners with industry groups, government and educational entities, and other stakeholders in the agriculture sector.
Core Programs and Services
Financial Planning: With decades of financial planning experience in the
agriculture sector, Wisconsin Farm Center staff provide farmers
with financial and business consultation including cash flow analysis, farm
viability, debt analysis, business plan development and farm succession
Mediation and Arbitration: The mediation and arbitration program allows for a
neutral individual to help facilitate understanding between
conflicting parties in a farm-related dispute. Mediation services are available
to help in a wide array of areas including credit issues,
environmental concerns, and farm family conflicts.
Assistance and Outreach Program: Through this program,
Wisconsin military veterans interested in learning about how to become involved in
farming and agriculture can access resources, market development, branding and
technical expertise. Program members can also utilize a special logo for their
Herd-based Diagnostic Program: This program provides veterinary diagnostic support to help address herd-health and production concerns. The program, available to Wisconsin dairy herds of all sizes and management types, addresses production, milk quality, cow loss, and other concerns.
Wisconsin Farmer Wellness Program
Farmer Wellness Program Handout
Given the challenging nature of farming, the Wisconsin Farmer Wellness Program provides three different options to help farmers cope with the stresses of farming.
- 24/7 Wisconsin Farmer Wellness Hotline (1-888-901-2558): This hotline is available any time, any day to provide support farmers that are struggling with suicidal thoughts, depression, or anxiety or just needing a welcoming ear to talk to.
- Farmer Wellness Tele-Counseling Sessions: Farmers and/or their family members can obtain free, confidential and unlimited counseling sessions by a licensed mental health professional for ongoing support by request. These session are completed over the phone or online via a web conferencing platform.
- Counseling Voucher Program: This program provides farmers and/or their family members with vouchers by request that allow them to obtain free, confidential, in-person counseling services with participating mental health providers in their area.
Learn more about the Farmer Wellness Program here, including how to become a voucher provider.
Online Farmer and Farm Couple Support GroupsSupport groups focused on bringing farmers and farm couples together in a safe space to share challenges and offer encouragement, comfort, and advice to each other.
Afternoon Farmer Support Group1 p.m. | 1st Tuesday of every month (Starting February)Register at https://bit.ly/3pBeFSF Evening Farmer Support Group8 p.m. | 4th Monday of every month (Starting February)Register at https://bit.ly/2KI2ftd Farm Couples Support Group8 p.m. | 3rd Thursday of every month (Starting February)Register at https://bit.ly/2M628b8
- Open to any farmers or farm family members located in Wisconsin.
- If you would like to be anonymous, please feel free to turn off your camera and use only your first name during sessions.
- Sessions will be led and moderated by peer leaders that are farmers who have experienced stress and anxiety while operating their own farm. A licensed mental health provider with extensive experience in serving farmers will also be on-hand at each session to offer additional support as needed.
- By joining, you agree to be respectful to all participants and keep information shared within the support group confidential.
- You are welcome and encouraged to join as many of these support group sessions as you like.
'Rural Realities' Podcast
'Rural Realities' provides information and resources related to stress and challenges facing farmers and farm families. One of its main purposes of the series is to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health issues in rural communities.
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Podcast 11: "Maintaining Farm Viability Through Volatile Times," Kevin Bernhardt, UW-Platteville and UW-Extension
Podcast 10: “Healing after
Farm Stress Turned to Tragedy,"
Brenda Statz, farmer and mental health advocate
Podcast 9: "Farmers Facing the Future After 2020," Wisconsin Farm Center staff
Podcast 8: "Navigating Marriage on the Farm," Ted Matthews, rural mental health specialist
Podcast 7: "Farm Children: They Experience Stress Too!," Monica McConkey, rural mental health specialist
Podcast 6: "Finding Fairness in Farm Transition," Elaine Froese, farm transition specialist
Podcast 5: "Farm Financials: When to Reach Out for Help," Paul Dietmann, Compeer Financial
Podcast 4: "Discuss the Undiscussable," Elaine Froese, farm transition specialist
Podcast 3: Navigating Change When the World has Changed," Dianne Viehuber, author and pastor
Podcast 2: "Your Brain on Stress," John Shutske, UW Madison-Division of Extension
Podcast 1: “Breaking the Stigma of Farmer Mental Health," Renee Sutkay, Journey Mental Health