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Extension and Partner Response to Farm Financial and Mental Health Stress (Senate Briefing)

  • 328A Russell Senate Office Building (map)

Monday 6/17
10AM Briefing, 328A Russell
Noon Lunch Seminar, 1300 Longworth

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Extension and Partner Response to Farm Financial and Mental Health Stress 

Two of the most challenging issues facing farmers and their communities are farm financial and mental stress. The Center for Farm Financial Management at the University of Minnesota has a long history of farm level financial data collection and financial management software for annual and long-term planning. In addition, the Center partners with Minnesota's Department of Agriculture in addressing mental health and suicide issues among Minnesota farmers and their families/communities. Bob Craven, Center Director, will be reviewing 2018 profitability, liquidity and solvency data for farms by farm type and size. He will also be reviewing the approaches being taken on mental health. Leveraging public investments with other public and private funding along with volunteer resources is a hallmark of the federal investment (primarily through USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture) in the nation's land-grant system that enables timely research, education and extension efforts that address issues facing agriculture, communities, families and youth. 

Mr. Robert Craven, is an Extension Economist and Director of the Center for Farm Financial Management, Department of Applied Economics, University of Minnesota. His work for the Center has focused on development of FINPACK, a nationally recognized ag credit analysis software. In addition, he has led a number of USDA projects that have developed practical tools and websites for farmers and the professionals that serve them. He has been an invited speaker at numerous conferences and seminars including the National ABA Ag Bankers Conference and the USDA Ag Outlook Forum.  He has also taught over 450 workshops on farm management and marketing. Mr. Craven is also actively involved in a 1200 acre family farming operation in southwestern Minnesota. Bob’s e-mail address is: rcraven@umn.edu 

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