Farm Family Resource Initiative



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Telehealth counseling sessions with SIU Medicine counselors are available for those in need of additional support. Up to six individual, couple or group sessions are available at no cost to the farmer or farm family member with the support of grant funding.

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Monday, September 18
Equipment and Rural Roadway Safety
Tuesday, September 19
Health and Wellness
Wednesday, September 20
Priority Populations
Thursday, September 21
Confined Spaces
Friday, September 22
Brain Health

The Farm Family Resource Initiative provides a range of resources including a helpline to assist with farmer and farm-related issues that include mental and physical health needs. The initiative also offers ongoing outreach, education and training to rural clients and partners working to improve the health and safety of farm families.

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AgriSafe Nurse Scholar Program

The AgriSafe Nurse Scholar program offers nurses and health care workers virtual training in a variety of subjects relevant to rural environments. Webinars will address special populations, workplace ergonomics, PPE, hearing conservation, mental health and well-being for farmers, and more.

FFRI Nurse Scholar Program
Josh and Emily Reinhardt
The next generation of agriculture

Meet Josh and Emily

Josh and Emily want their farm to be a family operation with rich history and a bright future. They love what they do but realize that their marital happiness is not exclusively tied to the farm’s success. Their farm and personal relationship are built on mutual respect for each other and others in the operation.

We asked Josh and Emily about farm family life and how they handle the stress and pressures that come with working on a farm.

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FFRI awareness

Farm Family Resource Initiative efforts highlighted

Illinois Department of Agriculture Director Jerry Costello highlighted the availability of mental health resources through the Farm Family Resource Initiative while in Carbondale on May 30. He was joined by representatives of SIU Medicine and Josh and Emily Reinhardt, dairy farmers from Red Bud, Illinois.
Rural Mental Health Summit

Rural Mental Health Summit to focus on farm sector support

Area ag leaders and health care professionals are coming together March 28 to discuss the challenges facing farmers, share best practices to navigate tough times and encourage relationships to benefit the families who feed the nation.
Farm family

March events to provide valuable support to farmers and their families

SIU's Farm Family Resource Initiative will host a webinar series for women in agriculture and a community forum on succession planning in March.