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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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ASOM - Ep 7 - Dr. Val Farmer- What can we learn from the 80s?

  • Nov 10, 2019
Today we speak again to Dr. Val Farmer. We initially hear from Val about his trip to Israel. First we speak about his visits to many of the sacred sites of world religions. We then speak briefly about the farming practices that Val observed during his visit. We then transition to talking about the current agriculture industry and the stresses farmers and ranchers face. We discuss personal and business management techniques that can help insulate us a bit against these stresses. Val has a vast archive of his writings available on-line focusing on mental health, relationships, and rural living at If you want to learn more about Val and view his material, please be sure to check him out on-line.


ASOM - Ep 6. - Michele Payn

  • Nov 4, 2019
Today Jason speaks with Michele Payn. Michele is an author, speaker, and advocate for those of us involved in agriculuture. They chat a little bit about her new book "Food Bullying" and how food bullies at the end of the supply chain are affecting producers at the beginning. Jason also speaks to Michele about her recent efforts to raise awareness for mental health within the ag community. Find Michele's books and other resources on-line at


ASOM - Ep.5 - Randy Roecker

  • Oct 28, 2019
In this episode, Jason welcomes to the show Wisconsin Dairy Farmer Randy Roecker to discuss his personal journey through mental health struggles and some of the great projects he is involved with that help raise awareness about mental health in the ag community and provide support to farmers who are interested.Audio Production by Podsworth Media -


ASOM - Ep 4.- Susan Harris-Broomfield

  • Oct 21, 2019
In this episode, Jason interviews Susan Harris-Broomfield, Rural Health, Wellness, and Safety Educator from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, about how the recent flooding in Nebraska is affecting those in the agricultural community there, and also how sleep deprivation impacts those in the ag community.


ASOM - Ep. 3 - Carey Portell

  • Oct 14, 2019
In this episode, Jason interviews his friend and neighbor, Carey Portell, a partially-disabled rancher with an incredible and inspiring story. Audio Production by Podsworth Media -


ASOM - Ep. 2 - Mary Jo Irmen

  • Oct 7, 2019
In this episode, Jason interviews farm strategy expert and authorized IBC practitioner Mary Jo Irmen about farm finances and planning for the future. Jason and Mary Jo discuss mental health among farmers, abundance vs. scarcity mindsets, and how Millennials are helping shift the paradigms of industry.Check out Mary Jo at: book Farming Without the Bank challenges the traditional ways that a farming operation is financed.She also has her own podcast, Farming Without the Bank.


ASOM - Ep. 1 - Val Farmer

  • Sep 30, 2019
In our first interview episode, Jason gets an overview of mental health in rural and farming communities from Dr. Val Farmer, a well-known clinical psychologist and syndicated columnist, specializing in rural mental health and family relationships. Get more info on Dr. Farmer at: Audio Production by Podsworth Media -


Ep. 0- Jason Solo

  • Sep 13, 2019
Welcome to our inaugural episode of Ag State of Mind! In this episode, Jason shares a bit about his background and his vision for this podcast. We hope you'll join us and find out if this podcast can benefit you! (Sorry about the periodic skips and blips! It was a problem in the initial recording!