Jason Haglund Live-stream

Roundtable- Farming Through the Pandemic; Resilience and You  

Jason Haglund, MS, CADC, Speciality Coordinator Ag, Rural Mental Health & Addiction, COVID Recovery Iowa; Dr. David Brown, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Behavioral Health State Specialist; Chet Hollingshead, Career Farmer; Tammy Jacobs Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Hotline Coordinator


Dr. David Brown currently serves as the Behavioral Health State Specialist for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach (ISUEO).  His primary emphases are to provide subject matter support and leadership to Extension efforts related to behavioral health, including farm stress and suicide prevention.  He is licensed as a Marital and Family Therapist in the State of Iowa, is a Clinical Fellow of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, and is a Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE). dnbrown@iastate.edu

Jason Haglund is a fifth-generation Iowa farmer and co-owns the Boone County-based Hickory Grove Family Farm, LLC. Haglund, a behavioral health subject matter and systems expert based in Story City, develops and delivers educational trainings on suicide prevention, mental illness, addiction, behavioral health policy, prevention and youth development.  Currently, Haglund is serving as the Agriculture and Rural Specialty Coordinator for COVID Recovery Iowa, a FEMA response to the increased emotional and expected trauma responses many Iowans will experience as a result of the current pandemic. jdhaglund@me.com

Chet Hollingshead is a fifth-generation career farmer on a diversified row crop and livestock farm near Ogden Iowa. Chet is also a former Boone County Supervisor and a former fill in host of the Agribusiness Report on WHO-HD.  Chet now currently resides on the farm north of Ogden where he feeds pigs with his brothers and assists his brother with a cow calf setup as well. Him and his brothers along with his parents grow corn soybeans as well as oats and hay. chetholl@gmail.com

Tammy Jacobs is a first-generation farmer on a 4th generation family farm on a row crop farm and custom hay business near Madrid Iowa.
Tammy is the coordinator for the ISU Extension and Outreach (ISUEO) Hotline Programs, including the Iowa Concern Hotline and a certified MHFA trainer. Tammy is the supervisor for the ISU Extension and Outreach COVID Recovery Iowa program, a FEMA response to the increased behavioral health and basic needs of Iowans who have been impacted by COVID-19. trjacobs@iastate.edu

Learning objective:
Participants will be able to apply the concept of resilience, connecting conceptually mental health wellness and physical wellness.


The presenting pandemic has upended day to day life for many. Contrasting that much of our on farm agricultural tasks remain unchanged and the stressors are a normal constant. It is important to recognize the compounding of the pandemic on the economy and the way rural Iowans interact with the rest of the world has created significant challenges. Ongoing stress and rapid change can take its toll resulting in adverse health and mental health. Jason Haglund farmer and behavioral health subject matter expert will lead an engaging dialogue with local farmer Chet Hollingshead, Iowa State Extension behavioral Health State Specialist David Brown and Tammy Jacobs, Coordinator of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Hotline Programs. During this facilitated conversation each panelist will share their perspectives on rural mental health wellness, coping with the stressors associated with agriculture, stress management and how to help out when you are concerned about someone you know.

Video of Roundtable

Resource Links:

Household Pulse Survey

QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) Training in Iowa

COVID Recovery Iowa

Iowa Concern Hotline: 800-447-1985