Resilient Farms and Families

Resilient Farms & Families was created in response to the current state of the agricultural economy, serving as an avenue to brand events, programs, and materials that foster resiliency by connecting the agricultural community with education and resources to thrive in an ever changing world. Resources are aimed at improving the mental, physical, emotional and financial well-being of not only on-farm producers, but also their employees as well as the agri-business community which serves these producers.


Producer Resources

Harvest of Hope Fund

Staying Up in a Down Economy

Talking With Your Family About Financial Difficulties

Farmers Resource Guide


Agri-Business Professional Resources

Communication Skills to Deal with Farm Stress

Farm Family Stress – A Checklist and Guide for Making Referrals

Helping Tame Farm Stress

Identifying Signs of Stress in Farm Families

The Guardian – Why Are America’s Farmers Killing Themselves in Record Numbers


UW-Extension Educator Programming Resources

Resilient Farms and Families Programming synopsis flyer – Green and Lafayette Counties

If you are an UW-Extension educator and would like the resources provided at Resilient Farms & Families events, please contact Lori Wick at


Need to Talk?

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

Farm Aid: 1-800-FARM-AID (1-800-327-6243) “Farm Aid works with organizations around the country staffed with farm advocates, counselors and hotline operators that can help you in your time of greatest need. If you need someone to talk to, Joe and other Farm Aid staff answer the hotline Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 5:00pm Eastern time.”

Crisis Text Line: Text “HOME” to 741741


Paving the Way

Mapping the Future of Your Operation During Low-Margin Years

Managing a complicated agricultural operation can be daunting in the best of the times. During low-margin years, it can be difficult to know where to start a conversation concerning changes to an operation. Answer the questions below and click on the icons to explore possibilities available along 3 paths.




Do you have a passion for your operation or are you just going through the motions?





Is the operation financially strong enough to provide while making changes to the operation?





Can diversification be completed without taking on much additional debt?






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