Ag State of Mind

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ASoM focuses on mental health and how it affects those of us involved in agriculture. I will hold conversations with both professionals and producers about addressing mental health in ag and how we can adequately remedy the stresses.

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Suicide is an issue that is very hard for most to talk about. Susan Springer is doing all she can, along with her organization Suicide Prevention Corporation of Iowa County Wisconsin to help normalize this conversation. We talk about Susan's own experience with suicide and about how her ties to the agriculture community help bring her closer to farmers in her area. Go check out Susan and her organization at

Welcome to our first Bonus Episode. Today we chat with Charlotte Halverson and Linda Emmanuel from AgriSafe Network. AgriSafe was formed in 2003 by rural nurses who believed that together they could improve the health and safety of farmers and ranchers. Charlotte and Linda are both nurses who are involved with AgriSafe and today they talk with Jason about the effects of COVID-19 and its effects on the Ag community. Jason and Charlotte first discuss the virus and its origin, symptoms, and how people can reduce risk of infection. Later, Jason and Linda talk about the emotional toll that COVID-19 can take and how to best mitigate that. Agrisafe recently put out a webinar that is available to the public on COVID-19. That can be found at find AgriSafe on-line go to

Amanda Radke has been a great influence on me for a lot of years. I began reading her Beef Daily Blog shortly after I graduated college and have been an avid follower ever since. She fulfills many obligations as a rancher, wife, mother, writer, and speaker from Mitchell, South Dakota. She is an incredible advocate for the beef industry and a mentor for folks like me trying to tell their story. We talk to her today about her writing on mental health and what sparked her to focus on these things in her writing. We also talk to her about her children's books and her recent experience of going viral with her message. Go check out Amanda online at In the intro, I talk just briefly about a webinar taking place that is put on by the folks at AgriSafe regarding what Ag Producers need to know about COVID-19. Check that out at

Welcome to the 4th and final installment of our series on producers and influencers from Missouri. Today on the show we talk to Macey Hurst. Macey is a very active advocate for the beef industry, in particular Missouri Beef. She is an active producer owning Lady Livestock Company with her mother and sister. We talk about how cracking the "cowboy culture" is tough when it comes to talking about mental health in the cattle industry. Find Macey on Instagram

Today is our 3rd installment of our series featuring Missouri producers and influencers. We talk today to Kylie Epperson of Vandalia, Missouri. Kylie is one half of the voices behind the Midwest Farm Wives Podcast. We speak today to Kylie about her journey from what she thought was going to be a career as a school teacher to becoming a partner with her husband in their farm operation. We also talk about Kylie's (and her partner Whitney Larson's) work in bringing light to the perspective of the farm wife, an often overlooked and unappreciated perspective. Check out Kylie and Whitney on Apple Podcasts at

Today we continue our series featuring Missouri Producers and Influencers. Carey Portell makes her second appearance on the podcast. We talk about her journey into public speaking. How she overcame her naturally shy and introverted personality to become one of the more sought after public speakers in Missouri. We also talk about her overcoming her battle with prescription pain medicine after her multiple surgeries following her life changing car accident. Find Carey online at Link to her previous episode on ASOM

Today we kick off our series highlighting Missouri agriculture producers and influencers. Caroline Sicht is a farm girl from Ashland, Missouri who has taken her love for telling others about life on her family farm and turned it into a business. Caroline runs, a site where she is bridging the gap between producer and consumer. We talk about her journey from a college softball player to working as an advocate for the ag industry. Caroline has become a good friend of the show and we are excited for her new podcast!!

Cynthia Martel is an extension agent with the Virginia Cooperative Extension who is taking her recent training to the farmers she serves. We talk to her about her different roles around the country from New England to the Midwest to finally settling in Virginia. One thing that is common is we are all facing struggles everywhere. You can connect with Cynthia at Stay tuned to the end of the show to find out an event where I will be speaking at the end of the month.

Today we welcome Jessica Peters. Jessica is a dairy farmer from Pennsylvania who has been very outspoken in her awareness of mental health in agriculture. Jess speaks openly on her social media page about the stresses involved in ag. She has begun a google document called "Our Ag Secrets" where people can anonymously leave their issues in this document. Go check Jess out on line on her Instagram page To access Our Ag Secrets doc click here Check out her blog on Hoard's Dairyman

Today on the show we have the pleasure of speaking to Jeff Ditzenberger. Jeff is a farmer from Wisconsin who has done some extraordinary work in helping to break the stigma surrounding mental health in ag. Jeff has battle with his mental health for a number of years now. After overcoming many issues, he has begun an outreach group to help others like him. To reach Jeff, find him on facebook or send an email to (Apologies for the subpar audio quality. I had a bit of an issue in the initial recording.)