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TransFARMation, Episode 5: It's OK to Not Be OK
Minnesota Ag Connection - 06/10/2019

Doug Kramer, who farms at Bejou, Minn., remembers stress of the farm crisis in the 1980s, which has many similarities to today. After equipment salesman told Doug about seeing a therapist, Doug decided to try it himself. "The first few times I went, I felt like I didn't want anyone to know or to see me. But after a couple visits, I guess I didn't care if anyone saw me because I knew I needed help."

He's joined by his adult daughter, Monica Kramer McConkey, who clearly remembers how the farm crisis affected her dad and the rest of the family -- and who grew up to be a behavioral health professional herself. :60 second programs about Doug and Monica will air all week on Red River Farm Network stations in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota. Listen to the 15 minute podcast at https://bit.ly/2WYSHOA.

The TransFARMation series is produced by the Red River Farm Network and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. The series was created with a grant from the Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health. Additional underwriting provided by Minnesota Corn Growers Association, Minnesota Soybean Growers, Association, Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council, North Dakota Corn Growers Association, North Dakota Farmers Union, North Dakota Soybean Council, North Dakota Wheat Commission, Minnesota Farmers Union, Prairie St. Johns, and AgCountry Farm Credit Services.

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