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ND economic summit to address farm stresses

Dairy cattle in North Dakota. Forum News Service file photo

BISMARCK -- Regional and national experts will provide information, strategies and resources to farmers and ranchers for navigating today’s farm economy at Life Beyond Breaking Even, a farm economic summit set for Jan. 29-30 at Bismarck State College.

Workshops that focus on farm management and farm stress highlight the first day of the summit, followed by a series of panel discussions the second day. Rick Peterson of Texas A&M, a family life specialist and past president of the National Rural Mental Health Association, will keynote the luncheon address on Jan. 30.

“North Dakota’s family farmers and ranchers are overwhelmed with the amount of issues that coincide with low commodity prices and natural disasters,” said Kayla Pulvermacher, NDFU legislative and member advocacy director. “We’re looking to expand the conversation in order to prevent some of the financial concerns and stress they endure in these times of uncertainty.”

Panel discussions will address the farm economy and trends, farm financing options and alternatives, farm stress in the field and at home, and farm economy outlook for 2018.

The NDSU Extension Service and North Dakota Farmers Union are sponsoring the summit. To register, go to