May 30, 2019

Stressful times in agriculture can trigger bad news and difficult conversations. In response, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is offering Navigating Conflict & Tough Conversations in Agriculture, a workshop designed to help agriculture professionals navigate potentially contentious situations.

“Farmers are having a tough time right now,” Agriculture Commissioner Thom Petersen said. “There’s a lot on the line, and we recognize that lenders, agency staff, clergy, educators, veterinarians, agricultural advisors, and businesspeople can find themselves trying to help in situations where emotions run high.”

Workshop topics include reducing anxiety and fear about interpersonal conflict; understanding how self-awareness and group dynamics contribute to successful outcomes; exploring the connection between conflict and change; and precautions participants can take to keep themselves safe at work – both in and outside their office.

University of Minnesota Extension Educator Denise Stromme and local law enforcement will teach the workshop at six locations in June and July. All sessions run from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

  • June 18, Detroit Lakes, Minnesota Community & Technical College
  • June 19, Thief River Falls, Northland Community & Technical College
  • June 20, Duluth, Lake Superior College
  • July 8, Marshall, Southwest Minnesota State University
  • July 9, Faribault, South Central College
  • July 10, St. Cloud, Saint Cloud Technical & Community College

The workshop is free but space is limited. Register at or by calling 651-201-6012.

All participants will receive certificates of attendance; several organizations have approved continuing education credits.

Individuals with a disability who need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this event should contact Stephen Moser at 651-201-6012 or through the Minnesota Relay Service at 711 as soon as possible.

This workshop is supported by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under award number 2018-38640-28416 through the North Central Region SARE program under project number ENC18-170. The MDA and USDA are equal opportunity employers and service providers. The opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this workshop do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  


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Larry Schumacher, MDA Communications