Farm Stress Summit – August 3-4, 2022

On behalf of the TN Department of Agriculture, UT Extension’s FCS department, UT Southern’s Turner Center for Rural Vitality, and the TN Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services we warmly invite you to Tennessee’s inaugural “Farm Stress Summit”, August 3-4 in Nashville, TN.

Who: Our intended audiences are those who work with agricultural producers in any manner & community-based professionals addressing life stressors (i.e., lenders, health & wellness providers, educators, first responders, faith-based groups, etc.).

NOTE: This event focuses on those who work with farmers, ranchers, and foresters (versus only “for farmers”. However, ALL are welcome- and we recognize that many people wear multiple hats)

SPEAKERS & PANELISTS INCLUDE: TDA Commissioner Dr. Charlie Hatcher, Dr. Monty Burkes (Director of Faith Based Initiatives, TDMHSAS), Jim Clark (VP, Farm Credit Mid-America), Dr. Aaron Smith (UTIA), Kevin Ferguson (UT MANAGE), Joey Lankford (Cul2Vate), & Paul Trumpore (TN Federation of Fire Chaplains)

What: HIGHLY interactive, 1.5 day, in-person event (Agenda attached)

When: August 3rd @ 1:00-5:00pm Central Time (box lunch offered starting at 11:30am) & Thursday, August 4th (9-5 Central time)

Where: Ellington Ag Center (440 Hogan Rd, Nashville, TN 37220) / If staying overnight: book at Drury Inn Franklin or call 1-800-325-0729 (Use special rate code 10020498 for discounted rate of $125).

Why: Objectives are to:

  1. Educate about the broad definition of “stress” in agriculture
  2. Outline currently available resources to reduce farmers’ stress (TN-specific)
  3. Recognize crossover between Ag stress and available resources
  4. Identify gaps in services, knowledge, educational needs (for ag professionals & non-ag service providers)
  5. Specify future actions

EVENTS INCLUDE:The Sketch Effect” during the panelist’s discussions on Aug. 3rd, facilitated networking (bring your business cards!), cross-over resource mapping event (Ag field : Stress responders)


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