Agricultural Economics Department


Date of this Version

September 2002


Published in Cornhusker Economics, 09/25/2002. Produced by the Cooperative Extension, Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Nebraska–Lincoln.


Do you find yourself wondering why you can’t make those snap decisions like you use to? Do you ever wonder why you catch yourself second guessing your decisions more? It may be that stress has gotten to a level in your life that it is having a larger influence on you than you realize. Many factors have caused Nebraska’s farmers and ranchers to experience higher stress levels this year. These factors include the threat of war, the drought, low commodity prices, higher input costs, uncertainty with the federal farm programs, shortage of adequate livestock feed, prospects for a long winter and simply the high cost of living. Many of us are asking questions such as: Will there be enough money to make ends meet? How will I feed my livestock this winter? Will we be able to get operating loans from the bank again? Should I make adjustments in my operation? Should we consider quitting while we still have something left?