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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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

Guess who's back! It's me. Sorry for the long abscence in recording. I made myself a promise when I started the podcast that it would not interfere with the other things in my life. These past two weeks I've had to put my money where my mouth was. The fair and family vacation was more important than podcasting. We returned from vacation yesterday and I was back to normal today. It made me reflect on how important vacations are for the sustainability of our operation. That without breaks, we begin to spin ourselves in circles. That we are running a poor business if we cannot set it down for a bit.

Over the past week, I've become really intentional about leaving time and space for quiet and still. I feel like I have become where I always need some sort of stimulation. Keri helped me see that leaving space and quiet time in my day is essential to being my best self. I share a bit about that here today.