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Register Today for Rural Resilience Retreat in Central North Dakota
North Dakota Ag Connection - 03/17/2023

Addressing the wellness needs of those working in agriculture or related areas will be the focus of a Rural Resilience Retreat sponsored by North Dakota State University Extension on March 25 in Washburn. The event kicks off with registration and breakfast at 8:30 a.m. and continues with learning sessions and activities throughout the day until 3:30 p.m.

Speakers will focus on topics including realities in agriculture, emotions and communication, stress management, wellness efforts and self-care. The training will provide participants with awareness and skills to support their own mental and behavioral health, along with the mental and behavioral health of others working in agriculture and those supporting agriculture.

“Ongoing farm and ranch stress takes a toll on health, including one’s mental and emotional well-being,” says Sean Brotherson, family science specialist with NDSU Extension. “We say, ‘Sometimes you need help; sometimes you are help.’”

“This program is focused on taking care of yourself and others working in agriculture, and the event is packed with information, activities and fun,” says Bedgar. “We are excited to partner together and make this day of fun, learning and support available.”

The registration deadline is March 17. Individuals can register at Late registrations may be accepted. For more information, contact NDSU Extension agents Sarah Bedgar at 701-462-9903, or Courtney Hoikkala at 701-667-3340,

The retreat will be held at the Washburn United Methodist Church, 1033 Heritage Drive, Washburn, North Dakota. Though the event is focused on individuals working in and around agriculture, anyone interested in the topic can register. The cost of registration is $40.

The retreat was developed by Bedgar and Hoikkala and is supported by several sponsors including Washburn Life, Apex Clean Energy, Farm Credit Services of Mandan and CommonGround North Dakota.

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