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An Overview of the USDA/NIFA Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network (FRSAN) with Focus on the North Central Region

An Overview of the USDA/NIFA Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network (FRSAN) with Focus on the North Central Region

During this webinar, Brent Elrod, the USDA/NIFA program leader, will provide an overview of the Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network (FRSAN) program, including its legislative authority, eligibility requirements, and funding history. He will also describe how FRSAN is part of a comprehensive effort that also includes USDA, other federal agencies, industry, and non-governmental organizations.

Josie Rudolphi and Courtney Cuthbertson of the North Central Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Center will provide an overview of the Center and the key network collaborators. They will describe region-wide initiatives and activities. Specific highlights include interest group descriptions and objectives, novel state initiatives, planned newsletters and webinars, and opportunities for individuals to get involved.

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Brent Elrod is national program leader in the Institute of Youth, Families & Communities for the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Mr. Elrod’s work supports a portfolio of research, education, and extension programs that emphasize improving the nation’s health, nutrition, and family, youth, and community quality of life in rural America through the coordination of grant programs, resources, and partnerships.

Josie Rudolphi, PhD, is the project director of the North Central Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Center and assistant professor and Extension specialist in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Rudolphi’s research and outreach focuses on farm stress and mental health, agricultural safety and health, and youth safety and health.

Courtney Cuthbertson, PhD, is a co-PI for the North Central Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Center and an assistant professor and Extension specialist in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at University of Illinois. Dr. Cuthbertson’s research is about the mental health and substance use consequences of social trauma, and their outreach efforts aim to improve community mental health literacy.

A question & answer period will follow the presentation.

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The North Central Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Center is supported by USDA-NIFA Project 2020-70028-32728. The National AgrAbility Project is supported by USDA/NIFA Project 2016-41590-25880.

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