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Believe it or not — urban men are in better health than farmers

Stress and constantly working take their toll, but there’s a free and proven program that helps farmers enjoy healthier, better lives


Reading Time: 5 minutes You take good care of your land, your equipment, and your animals. But do you take the same care with your own health? Farmers tend not to think of themselves as a ‘tool’ that needs regular maintenance, says the program manager of Sustainable Farm Families Alberta. Combines, for instance, go into the shop before every […] Read more

“A huge weight was lifted from our shoulders” when Rebecca Thistlethwaite and her husband decided to scale down their farm.

Running on empty? It’s time to set goals for your farm

Working 100 hours a week is ‘a recipe for burnout,’ says 
American farmer and author who found salvation in scaling back

Reading Time: 3 minutes It takes guts to be a farmer these days. “Farming is an extremely complex business to run, and it takes remarkable courage,” said author Rebecca Thistlethwaite, who farms in Oregon. “It demands an incredible well of passion, a willingness to learn, and ‘stick-to-it-tiveness’ to make it work.” But more and more, farmers are finding that […] Read more


Farmer sitting in tractor wheel with wheat in hands

Farmers wanted for landmark survey on stress

Online survey available until Jan. 18, 2016

Reading Time: < 1 minute A researcher with the Ontario Veterinary College is looking for additional participants for a survey on farmer stress. About 700 farmers have filled out the online Producer Stress and Resilience survey, but lead researcher Andria Jones-Bitton is hoping to get 1,000 responses. This study, the first of its kind in Canada, is intended to chart […] Read more

You’re not alone — resources for dealing with stress

You’re not alone — resources for dealing with stress

Reading Time: < 1 minute Here are some of the resources available if you, or a loved one, are experiencing undue stress: Alberta Mental Health Help Line 1-877-303-2642 This toll-free helpline provides confidential advice and information on mental health services 24 hours a day. Community Mental Health Clinics These clinics provide voluntary clinical community-based mental health services to individuals of […] Read more


With each bank of clouds that roll by without giving up any moisture, the stress caused by drought builds up.

Stress could be taking its toll on you — know the signs

Withdrawing, not wanting to eat, and constant worry 
are all signs of stress that could lead to more serious issues


Reading Time: 3 minutes In tough times — like this year’s drought — stress can creep up on you. So take a moment to think how your friends and family are holding up. “I really encourage people to notice what other people are doing when it’s stressful like this. You may need to look after each other a bit […] Read more