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  • One of my favorite quotes is by the author Henry James, who wrote “Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind.” It seems to me that people in farming communities really embody this spirit—they are kind, generous,…

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  • I love it when readers contact me and share ideas or talk about how they manage stress. This week I got a great message from Tonia M. Slater of Sodmasters Turf Farm. I don’t know the organization, so this isn’t an endorsement…but she told me some great things about how she and the other women…

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  • Well, the Sunbelt Ag Expo is over, and it was an amazing event with blue skies and about 50,000 people passing through the gates. UGA Extension invested so much time and energy there this week, including sharing lots of information through the Rural Georgia Growing Stronger initiative, where we handed out resources on stress management and…

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  • The Women in Agriculture virtual conference, AgrileadHer, is happening on November 1-2, 2023. There are still slots available, so if you are a woman in farming, or care about women in farming, don’t miss this opportunity! There will be excellent keynote speakers, lots of break-out sessions, and time to connect and network.

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  • We are only a week away from one of my most favorite events of the year, the Sunbelt Ag Expo in Moultrie, GA. It’s a wonderful celebration of all things agricultural—a chance to learn about new technology, see new equipment, and catch up with friends. You can visit lots of vendors, see exhibits from  all…

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  • Some Americans picture the life of a farmer as the epitome of peace and tranquility. Television commercials and TV shows depict sunny skies and happy people working on the farm. I can tell you from personal experience that it isn’t always so. When I was a kid growing up in Eastern North Carolina, I spent…

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  • Sometimes the world can just get me down, or a specific event makes me really sad, or a problem keeps me up all night filled with stress. In this blog, I’ve talked about lots of ways I, and researchers who are way smarter than I am, have found to fight back against depression and stress.…

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  • (Note: Today I’ll be talking about suicide, which can be a really painful topic. I’ll be focusing on suicide prevention.) In this blog we’ve talked a lot about stress and how at its most extreme it can significantly increase the risk of suicide. We’ve talked about ways to recognize someone experiencing dangerous stress levels and…

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  • After the Storm

    Well, Hurricane Idalia has come and gone, leaving a swath of storm destruction behind it. I hope you and your loved ones are safe—that’s the most important thing. Reports are saying the most severe damage in Georgia is in the south central and south eastern counties—but winds and flooding caused damage in lots of places…

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  • Here are a lot of resources–to stay safe, to deal with the aftermath, and to take care of our stress levels throughout. I pray you all stay safe. Staying Safe information from UGA Extension: Emergency preparedness general resources Food and water safety-specific resources Storing Food for Emergencies Information on crop loss and disaster assistance (from…

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