MSU Extension Supports Farmers and Ranchers

Welcome to Montana’s first statewide stress management resource, designed specifically for agriculture producers. We are here for farmers, ranchers, and their families and loved ones. Our goal is to provide you with the tools and resources you need to help you manage your stress and fine tune your mental health. Please use the site to discover local, state and national resources that will help ease any burden that you, or a loved one, might be experiencing.

The Need

Caring for a farm or agri-business is hard work. Farmers and ranchers tackle the essentials of caring for and managing animals, crops, and employees every day. At the same time, ag producers often deal with work-related family dynamics, climate and seasonal issues, or financial stressors, such as changing commodity prices. MSU Extension has sought input from agricultural organizations, educators, health professionals and local Montana farmers and ranchers to identify the specific situations causing stress, and to put together a set of tools to help our Montana agricultural community better manage and cope with the stressors they might be experiencing. Our aim is to provide helpful information to farmers and ranchers, rural or subsistence farmers, in addition to their family members and loved ones. Please use this site to identify the circumstances that cause stress in your daily life (sometimes called “stressors”), measure your stress, learn more about how to manage your stress, and get connected with resources if you are in need of individualized assistance. If you have any additional or specific questions, please use the “contact an expert” form below.


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What is Stress

Learn what stress is and how it can affect your body and mind. 


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Measure Your Stress

Take this short quiz to see how stressed you really are. 

Manage your stress

Manage Your Stress

Simple, effective ways to keep stress from overwhelming you.

Mental Health

What is Mental Health?

Clear explanations of mental health and why caring for it should be part of your daily wellness routine.


Learn More About Your Stressors

Identify what types of stressors are impacting you and how/where to get assistance.

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Help a Friend or Family Member

Resources to help you help those you love and care for.

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About This Project

Learn more about the MT Ag Producers Stress Resource Clearinghouse Project.

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Ag Producer Stress in the News

Articles from around the country that touch on subjects related to Ag Producer Stress. 



 Get Help Now Button     Get Assistance as You Need It


24-Hour Suicide Help Line:
900-273-8255 or Dial 211


 Prescription Opioid Help Line: 


 National Suicide Hotline: 
text your zip code to 898211


Montana Crisis Line: 
Text "MT" to 741741


Western Montana Mental Health Center

online/phone therapy from your home
call 556-6500 to schedule


Human Development Clinic- MSU

Telehealth counseling services for
individuals living across Montana.

Please call (406) 994-4113 to make an
appointment and/or for questions.
You may also visit their website at: 


Summit Therapy Center PC 

offers in person and telehealth counseling services (Spanish & English) 
at 547 South 20th Street W, Suite 5, Billings MT. 
Visit their Facebook Page Call 406-272-2606



COVID-19 Resources

Research based tools and information to help during this pandemic.  View the webpages here. 

Contact Us or Request More Information

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This website is a work in progress.  We will be adding resources and updating information as it becomes available and is vetted by our advisory council. 
Please check back regularly for more information.