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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John Sachse and I connected over the summer at a Kansas Beef Council Event. John had invited me to speak at a Stockmanship event in Leavenworth, Kansas and at the event we got to visit and know one another a bit. Since then, John has moved on from Kansas Beef Council and has returned close to home to his family's seedstock operation in Eastern Kansas. Today, we talk all about how mindset matters in our daily lives. How having proper mindset can help us on our mental health journeys. John has also started his own coaching business. To reach out to John, go to

This episode brought to you by Performance Livestock Analytics. Shannon Ferrell is currently an Associate Professor in the Oklahoma State University Department of Agricultural Economics, where he specializes in Agricultural Law. He grew up on a cattle and wheat operation in Western Oklahoma, and obtained his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Agricultural Economics from OSU before obtaining his Juris Doctorate from the Oklahoma City University School of Law. Shannon reached out to me after I put out a tweet about talking about our faith journeys and how it applies to mental health. I appreciate Shannon so much and was so happy when he reached out! Reach out to Shannon at

We talk all the time about being there for those closest to us. I have a story this week about a friend of mine who did exactly that. Listen to me describe an interaction I had with one of my oldest and closest friends in the world about the goings on in my life. How this friend recognized a potential issue with me and addressed it. I'm so proud of this friend and proud to have them as a friend. I encourage you all to share this episode with those closest to you about how to reach out to those who you care about. Sign up for my email list at

Today I go solo to talk about our two brains. I talk about reading a book by Mark Manson where he discusses our two brains... our Thinking Brain and our Feeling Brain. How all of life's decisions are a constant negotiation between these two parts of our brain. Sign up for my newsletter at Check out the link to this book in my latest newsletter

We are back with another Ranching Side Hustle episode. Today, Tyler and I chat about the cattle market and how we feel that today's trends are mirroring those of the 2014 cattle market boom. We chat about our possible strategies for how to mitigate this market. Most importantly, we talk about how these cattle operations are just a part of who we are, not our complete identity. Today's podcast brought to you by Douglas Plant Health. Visit to reclaim soil fertility.

Amber Jones is founder of GraceStory Ministries. She is a peer psychoeducator and considers herself blessed to be an advocate for families and individuals who are in need of hope. Amber authors GraceStory’s Instagram blog, My_Grace_Story, where she draws from her own story of childhood trauma and her journey to wholeness in order to inspire others to take their own first, intentional steps towards healing. Amber's other favorite job titles include homeschooling momma to four precious kiddos, wife to her high school sweetheart, and beef rancher at their family-owned Devon Valley Farms. Amber and I talk this week about how faith and mental health go hand in hand. Find more about Amber and GraceStory at

Today I discuss how some perceived weaknesses of mine are actually strengths. How I have changed my mindset around a lot of my own personality traits. Today's episode is Brought to you by Mystik Lubricants. For a look at their full range of top-quality products, visit

In an effort to be fully transparent on this podcast, I'm going to share with you all a little about my personal struggle with anxious attachment. It is something that I have struggled with my entire life, but didn't really understand until the last 2 weeks. In today's episode, I'm going to talk a bit about that and how a weekend trip to the lake with Keri helped me to exercise a bit of newfound autonomy. To schedule a call with me go to

Nik and Karen Fitch have an incredible story. In November 2019, Karen woke up paralyzed from the neck down. While facing their own challenges and battle, Nik and Karen launced Cuddle Cow Company. They sell blankets inspired by their love of the farm and their cattle. Part of the proceeds from their company go directly to fund Spinal Cord Research.

Alexis Johnson from Farm Tee Company joins me to day to talk about her business and how she started her mission to make high quality apparel that farmers and ranchers could wear and show their pride for where they live. We talk about the pride in loving where you farm as well as the challenges that come with building a brand. Find Alexis at