Grain Farmers of Ontario, in partnership with Farm Credit Canada, would like to invite you to be our guest at a stress management workshop: Skills that build resilience on the farm.

This full day workshop (10 a.m. – 3 p.m.) will enable you to gain skills to help manage your day-to-day stressors. You will learn calming and relaxation techniques for better focus and performance, how to identify and defuse the most common stress escalators, how to tackle the five pitfalls that perpetuate worry spirals, and discover three keys to better sleep.

Five workshops are being offered:
Woodstock   (Thursday, March 28)
Chatham   (Friday, March 29)
Orangeville   (Monday, April 1)
New Liskeard   (Saturday, April 6)
Brockville   (Saturday, April 13)

Please click on the location you wish to attend to be taken to the registration page.

The workshop will be facilitated by Kathy Somers. You may remember Kathy Somers from our GrainTalk podcast. If you missed it, you can listen here.

It has been a particularly difficult harvest for some Ontario farmers this fall. The severe DON outbreak is weighing heavy and stress levels are higher than during a typical harvest season. Uncertainty makes it difficult to focus on anything outside of how you will be affected by the DON issue. Grain Farmers of Ontario sees the importance of helping our farmer-members manage this stress.

A resource for stress management developed by Grain Farmers of Ontario for our farmer-members

GrainTALK Episode 14: Kathy Somers

Listen to Episode 14 of the GrainTALK podcast, which features Kathy Somers of the Stress Management and High Performance Clinic in Guelph, ON.

Crisis Lines

Video Playlist


An Op-Ed from Ernie Hardeman, Ontario’s Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

FCC: Serotonin, sometimes known as the happiness chemical, is a neurotransmitter believed to help regulate mood, sleep, memory and more

FCC: Taking care of our families and ourselves

Tips & Tricks

Helpful Websites

Mental health resources to take care of our families and ourselves

Help us champion the mental wellbeing of all Canadian producers

Stress Management and High Performance Clinic

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