Creating a Farm Stress Extension Program

Project Type: Professional Development Program
Funds awarded in 2020: $96,645.00
Projected End Date: 11/30/2023
Grant Recipient: University of Maryland
Region: Northeast
State: Maryland
Project Leader:
Shannon Dill
University of Maryland
Cooperative Extension programs are always evolving based on internal and external factors. The ability to recognize clientele needs, form teams, and deliver programs is Extension’s mission. For the past five years, farm stress management has been an emerging program. University of Maryland Extension (UME) has taken several steps to assess, prepare and develop this focus area. The first step was a statewide needs assessment, which discovered elevated levels of farm stress when compared to previous years. As a result UME created the Farm Stress Management Team and sponsored professional development opportunities and supported program planning. Grant funding was pursued and UME received three projects totaling over $640,000. These funds have supported a wide variety of activities including professional development, curriculum design, online resources, staffing, and counseling agreements.
Peer-reviewed Journal Article
Shannon Dill, University of Maryland Extension
Alexander Chan, University of Maryland Extension
Emily Zobel, University of Maryland Extension
Paul Goeringer, University of Maryland Extension
Jesse Ketterman, University of Maryland Extension
Target audiences:
Educators; Researchers
This product is associated with the project "Farm Stress Management and Resources for Maryland Service Providers"
Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.