Mental health and financial pressures tackled during farming seminar

November 13, 2018 by  

Farm Credit, an organization designed to help rural workers in Canada’s prairies, will be holding a dual-purpose seminar in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan this December.

The topic of the event will be twofold, as the discussion aims to “break the silence” around two difficult topics: mental health and farm finances. The event is sponsored by the ‘Do More Ag’ foundation, which aims to build community among farmers through educational events.

The presenters will be Backswath Management head Terry Betker, Farm at Hand co-founder Kim Keller and corporate consultant Monica Wagner. The mental health portion of the seminar will deal with the topics of stigma and recognizing when individuals may be in danger. The second half of the class will deal with financial statements, bookkeeping software and the best way in which to present financial information.

The modern farmer has to worry about not only crop yields, but also subjects such as tax law and using graphic design to advertise their business. Farm Credit’s educational programs aim to address this need, covering everything from the barley market to business cards. The organization’s stated goal is to:

“…enhance rural Canada by providing specialized and personalized business and financial services and products to farming operations, including family farms, and to those businesses in rural Canada, including small and medium-sized businesses, that are businesses related to farming.”

The seminar will take place on December 12 at Moose Jaw’s Mosaic Place.