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By Curstie Konold
Avera mental health therapist 

Coping with the "out of our control" reality of agriculture


Marrying a farm kid has shown me the immense amount of pride in being part of the ag community. It is prevalent that the agricultural profession, while rewarding, is challenging. Running big dollar operations that are both physically and mentally demanding creates some serious strain on our mental health. Whether it's a co-op employee spraying chemicals or spreading fertilizer for 70+ hours a week or a farmer during planting or harvest, the demand never truly stops.

In my practice, I talk a lot about focusing on what is within our control. I can control the way I cope in a situation, but I...

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