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Stressors and Resources for Farm/Ranch Families with Disabilities

February 25, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am


Stressors and Resources for Farm/Ranch Families with Disabilities

Thursday, February 25

1:00 – 2:00 p.m. ET

Stress can have a profound effect on any agricultural producer. However, for those with disabilities, the impacts of stress can be compounded by a variety of additional factors, including:

  • Psychological impacts/stresses of acquiring a disability
  • Added stresses of trying to continue farming/ranching with a disability
  • Increased family stresses associated with a disability
  • Stresses from having to navigate the social services systems

This webinar will address, from both the professional and the producer perspectives, issues related to farm stress for producers with disabilities. A long-time AgrAbility expert on stress-related issues will share his viewpoint from years of working with agricultural workers with disabilities, and a farmer/rancher from Missouri will discuss stress from her perspective as the survivor of a vehicular crash that resulted in permanent disabilities. Stress-related resources to assist agricultural workers with disabilities will also be shared.

Our Presenters:

Dr. Robert “Bob” Fetsch served with universities for 32 years, first with the University of Kentucky and then with Colorado State University Extension. For 41 years he devoted himself to learn how to use the latest family life research to assist folks with increasing their resilience to bounce back from stressful times. Following his retirement in 2011, he now assists farm and ranch families with managing their stress, anger, depression, and suicidal thinking and with writing and publishing articles on what works to increase their quality of life and their resilience.

Carey Portell is a farmer/rancher from St. James, Missouri. Just after Christmas 2010, she and two of her daughters were struck by a drunk driver as they drove to an exercise class. Carey sustained severe injuries that necessitated multiple surgeries and extensive rehabilitation. It was four years before Carey walked again without support, and she still experiences chronic pain and mobility difficulties. With assistance from Missouri AgrAbility, she has returned to agriculture and is also an author and national speaker. You can learn more about her at

A question & answer period will follow the presentation.

To participate in this free webinar, click here to access the online registration form by Monday, February 22. Instructions for accessing the session will be sent to registrants by Tuesday, February 23. Please pass on this invitation to others you believe may be interested. Contact AgrAbility at 800-825-4264 or email if you have questions.

The North Central Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Center is supported by USDA-NIFA Project 2020-70028-32728. The National AgrAbility Project is supported by AgrAbility Project, USDA/NIFA Special Project 2016-41590-25880.

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February 25, 2021
10:00 am - 11:00 am
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