Women in Agriculture workshop to provide anxiety management tools |

LINCOLN — A two-part virtual workshop hosted by Nebraska Extension’s Women in Agriculture program in September will focus on managing and managing anxiety.

“Breaking Down Anxiety: Tools to Help You Live a Less Anxious Life,” will hold its first session from 1-3 p.m. on Thursday, September 8. The second session is scheduled from 1 to 2 p.m. on September 29.

It will be moderated by Ashley Machado, a mental health consultant who works primarily with agricultural professionals and their families.

“Sometimes the anxiety can feel overwhelming, like you’re on a train you don’t want to get on and don’t know how to get off. Other times, you may feel like there’s a light at the end of the tunnel, but you get stuck on a hamster wheel,” Machado said.

The workshop will discuss how anxiety manifests, why it can be a reaction to uncertainty, and offer tips for developing skills to manage anxiety and its effects.

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Machado advocates rethinking the ways we support mental health in the agriculture industry and specializes in breaking down big ideas and deep feelings into simple, actionable strategies. She applies 15 years of experience to help individuals and organizations in the agricultural sector develop the tools they need to maintain good mental health and function and live fully.

Machado holds a bachelor’s degree in human development and a master’s degree in social work with a specialization in clinical mental health. She grew up in the dairy industry and now lives in California with her husband, a rancher and almond grower.

The workshop will be held via Zoom and participants should plan to attend both sessions. Registration is $20 per person and can be done at the Nebraska Women in Agriculture website, https://wia.unl.edu.

This material is based on work supported by USDA-NIFA under award number 2020-70028-32728.

Irrigation transfer requests accepted from September 1

The Central Platte Natural Resources District began accepting applications to transfer irrigated acres for the 2023 growing season on September 1. The application period will end on March 1, 2023.

Luke Zakrzewski, GIS imagery analyst, said if growers plan to irrigate acres that are not Central Platte NRD certified, they must compensate for the new acres by requesting and completing a transfer application before the new acres are irrigated. Producers who fail to obtain a transfer approved by the Central Platte NRD are subject to penalties.

Additionally, those considering purchasing new land are encouraged to verify the property’s certified irrigated acres before making any purchasing decisions. The Central Platte NRD has an interactive map to check certified irrigated acres within the NRD at: cpnrd.gisworkshop.com.

To learn more about the transfer process, contact Luke Zakrzewski at 308-385-6282 or [email protected] The transfer application can be downloaded at www.cpnrd.org/forms/permits.

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