Farmer Angel Network co-founder Randy Roecker was interviewed in February for the Rural Realities Podcast titled "Tips for Difficult Conversations.” The podcast and clips from it have been shared throughout Wisconsin including on the following radio stations:
We thank Randy for his willingness to share his experiences and strategies that work. Also special thanks to these organizations that are helping bring awareness to this important topic.
Difficult conversations can be stressful, especially for farmers working with their families. Dairy Farmer and Mental Health Advocate Randy Roecker discusses how he approaches communications on his generational dairy farm with the Farm Center’s Karen Endres. They touch on using positivity and gratitude, and having a community of people you can talk to when feeling stressed. Listen to the podcast here.
Experiencing a challenge on the farm? Contact the Wisconsin Farm Center! With more than a hundred years of collective agriculture experience, the Wisconsin Farm Center team offers free and confidential financial and transition planning services, conflict mediation, veterinary diagnostic analysis, and more. They can be reached at 800-942-2474 or firstname.lastname@example.org. More information on programs and services is available at https://farmcenter.wi.gov.
If you are experiencing increased stress, depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, or just need a welcoming ear to talk to, please contact the free and confidential 24/7 Wisconsin Farmer Wellness Helpline at 888- 901-2558 for immediate support. In-person and tele-counseling sessions are also available by request.