Wellness in Tough Times
This video highlights three rural Nebraska families who share their experiences when faced with difficult times including challenges faced with the agricultural economy, weather, and loss of livestock. Includes messages of coping, resilience, and resources. Starting the Conversation. https://ruralwellness.unl.edu
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[00:00:16.810]My grandfather came to this place March 1st, 1929,
[00:00:20.090]right here where I live.
[00:00:22.190]Then he went on and moved to town
[00:00:24.730]and then my folks moved here in '39.
[00:00:27.770]I was born in '43 and this is
[00:00:29.600]the only place I've ever lived.
[00:00:42.930]Right now our crops are,
[00:00:44.690]what we're getting for our livestock
[00:00:46.710]and our grains is about the same as it was six years ago.
[00:00:55.040]We never get a cost of living increase.
[00:01:00.200]I think it's the little things that are involved
[00:01:03.330]that most people don't think about.
[00:01:06.580]The weather has been unusually all over the place.
[00:01:14.180]The markets aren't all that wonderful right now.
[00:01:18.970]The prices aren't that good
[00:01:21.180]and then you have tariffs on our goods.
[00:01:28.260]So, the barn was here.
[00:01:29.480]It went from this burnt post all the way to the west
[00:01:38.900]and the southwest corner was that hedge post over there.
[00:01:44.750]It was about a 8,200 square foot barn.
[00:01:48.920]We had new baby goats and they were right over here
[00:01:53.030]with their mom, right here.
[00:01:59.110]There was a pen here and I had
[00:02:00.760]a hot box for 'em with a heat lamp.
[00:02:04.960]Either the heat lamp blew up
[00:02:07.640]or it got kicked and it caught the barn
[00:02:11.540]on fire and it burned it down.
[00:02:14.010]I woke up and I had to use the bathroom.
[00:02:17.780]I saw a glow off of this barn over here.
[00:02:23.000]That's when I looked out the window
[00:02:24.750]and saw the barn was on fire.
[00:02:25.860]I ran out.
[00:02:27.560]All my feeder pigs were over here.
[00:02:31.660]There was three pens here and they were 50-pounders.
[00:02:37.887]They were here and there was another group here.
[00:02:41.310]Then we had some roosters in this north pen.
[00:02:44.520]I came out and there was a sliding door.
[00:02:46.180]I tried to open that to get 'em out.
[00:02:49.700]By then the fire was coming through the windows.
[00:02:52.800]There was a wall here.
[00:02:54.430]The fire was coming through the windows.
[00:02:56.930]I ran to the south side of the barn,
[00:02:58.530]'cause there was another door
[00:02:59.940]and it was coming out there already.
[00:03:06.470]All I could hear was my pigs screaming, screaming.
[00:03:10.460]I couldn't get to 'em.
[00:03:36.586]When farmers are stressed out,
[00:03:38.690]they tend to not seek out the modern ways
[00:03:48.120]of dealing with your issues.
[00:03:49.760]They don't always talk to their wives or friends.
[00:03:52.330]They kinda keep it all in and all in to themselves.
[00:03:59.220]I'm stubborn and I think most of them
[00:04:00.990]that are still around, you're stubborn,
[00:04:03.490]but that makes you tough.
[00:04:04.820]You're just not gonna give in.
[00:04:06.480]And if you let it get to you, you know it will.
[00:04:11.700]A lot of farmers turn to a bottle.
[00:04:27.970]This is very hard to live with on a day-to-day basis
[00:04:31.760]and not knowing the person that's gonna come home.
[00:04:36.870]Is he gonna be sober?
[00:04:37.910]Is he gonna be fine?
[00:04:44.500]Living all these years in and out
[00:04:48.960]with the alcohol in the house
[00:04:51.410]and having a son grow up living that way and seeing that
[00:04:55.740]and feeling helpless to be able to do anything
[00:05:04.930]about it or change it.
[00:05:08.160]It's hard living that way.
Pull, pull, pull, pull.
[00:05:33.020]Hold that, throw that away.
[00:05:35.687]One thing about farmers I really think
[00:05:37.670]and I don't think this is just us.
[00:05:39.110]I think it's a lot of people,
[00:05:40.300]but it could be so much worse.
[00:05:42.760]And everybody is so thankful,
[00:05:46.449]we rely on our faith that everything is gonna get better
[00:05:49.810]and next year the crops will be better
[00:05:52.310]or next year we'll not have as many disasters
[00:05:56.300]or animals that we lost or things like that.
[00:06:00.320]It really helped me a lot to talk about it
[00:06:03.130]with other guys up and down the river.
[00:06:06.180]Even guys that didn't get affected by all this.
[00:06:09.850]Corn farmers that have ground up
[00:06:11.930]the hills that weren't flooded.
[00:06:16.320]We just talked about it.
[00:06:17.240]They'd ask me how things were going.
[00:06:18.730]I didn't wanna sound like a complainer,
[00:06:20.240]but it helped to talk, get it off your chest.
[00:06:33.850]My husband's getting help.
[00:06:37.460]He's doing well.
[00:06:38.690]He's more open and he talks more.
[00:06:41.390]He's more open with his feelings
[00:06:43.260]in ways that I've never experienced him before.
[00:06:48.490]It gives me hope for our future.
[00:06:52.060]Farmers in general are very positive people.
[00:06:56.660]You have to have a positive outlook on life.
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