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Rural Stress

Stress has become a fact of life for farm families. A number of factors are behind this: low commodity prices; shifting international trade outlook; and damage and obstacles created by storms, floods, and other natural disasters. There’s added stress this summer in Scotts Bluff and Goshen counties from the loss of irrigation water to more than 100,000 acres of crops due to the collapse of the Fort Laramie Canal tunnel. But there are resources to help farm families address problems caused by stress.

Susan Harris-Broomfield, Nebraska Extension Educator, Rural Health, Wellness, & Safety

Robert M. Harveson, Extension Plant Pathologist
Panhandle R&E Center, Scottsbluff

Symptoms of Cercospora leaf spot (CLS) have been observed in a sugar beet field near Scottsbluff, a signal that farmers should begin scouting fields for signs of this potentially destructive disease.

Cercospora leaf spot has long been problematic to sugar beet production throughout the eastern and Great lakes production areas of the United States. In western Nebraska, it has been sporadic, but not a consistent issue. However, when it does occur, it can be very destructive.

A recent study into how pinto beans help lower cholesterol was a collaborative effort among several departments at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln that spanned the state from west to east.

Results of the study are reported in the June issue of the Journal of Nutrition (JN), a publication of the American Society for Nutrition. JN has drawn attention to the journal article by featuring it in a news release distributed universally on the World Wide Web.

The difference between a good farmer and a great manager often comes down to knowing the true financial position of a farm. Good records make it possible to track an operation’s true financial position. Inaccurate records can lead to misguided management decisions.

A “Good Farmer to Great Manager” record-keeping class, designed to teach farmers and ranchers to keep accurate records for their operations, will be held July 25-26, 2019 at the Prairie Winds Community Center (428 N Main St) in Bridgeport. It will run from 1-5 p.m. the first day, and 8 a.m. until noon the second day.

Numerous factors may cause stress for farmers and ranchers. Many face financial problems, marketing uncertainties, farm transfer issues, production challenges, and more.  When temporary stress turns into chronic stress, it can impact health and mental wellness.

Nebraska Extension, in partnership with Michigan State Extension, is offering workshops in Scottsbluff and Chadron in July for individuals who work with farmers and ranchers on a regular basis, such as bank lenders, ag suppliers, healthcare professionals, and anyone involved with the lives of farmers and ranchers. These workshops offer four objectives:

* Build awareness around potentially stressful conditions affecting some farmers and ranchers.

The Online Fair Entries are now being accepted through July 1, 2019.  Go to http://scotts.fairmanager.com to enter.  Check the "I am a new exhibitor or have yet to register this year." 

If you would prefer to fill out a paper form, they are available at the Extension Office or you can print them.

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