Regional and national experts will provide information, strategies and resources to farmers and ranchers for navigating today’s farm economy at Life Beyond Breaking Even, a farm economic summit set for Jan. 29-30 at Bismarck State College.
Workshops that focus on farm management and farm stress highlight the first day of the summit, followed by a series of panel discussions the second day. Rick Peterson of Texas A&M, a family life specialist and past president of the National Rural Mental Health Association, will keynote the luncheon address on Jan. 30.
“North Dakota’s family farmers and ranchers are overwhelmed with the amount of issues that coincide with low commodity prices and natural disasters,” said Kayla Pulvermacher, NDFU legislative and member advocacy director. “We’re looking to expand the conversation in order to prevent some of the financial concerns and stress they endure in these times of uncertainty. We’re so excited to be collaborating with NDSU on this important topic.”
Panel discussions will address the farm economy and trends, farm financing options and alternatives, farm stress in the field and at home, and farm economy outlook for 2018. Members of the North Dakota media will serve as panel moderators, including Sarah Heinrich, KFGO farm & ranch director; Mick Kjar, KQLX – Ag News 890 farm director; Mikkel Pates, AgWeek reporter; and Katie Pinke, publisher and general manager of AgWeek.
Summit speakers include: Roger Johnson, National Farmers Union; Ryan Larsen, Utah State University Extension; Kyle Olson, Bismarck State College/Adult Farm Management; Dale Ihry, North Dakota Corn Utilization Council; Scott Carlson, Farmers Legal Action Group; Matt Diersen, iGrow; Matt Stockton, UNL Extension; Monica McConkey, Prairie St. John’s; Sean Brotherson, Jodi Bruns, Frayne Olson and David Ripplinger, all of NDSU Extension.
The NDSU Extension Service and North Dakota Farmers Union are sponsoring the summit. To register, go to https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/farmranchstress.