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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Today is a unique episode of the podcast...and if I'm being honest, it's a tad bit selfish. Megan Teerlink hosts my new favorite podcast, Getting Mindful with Megan. She takes an unique approach to mindfulness, intentionality, and self improvement by drawing from her life as a yoga practitioner as well as her own faith in Jesus. Megan's podcast and coaching has been a blessing to our family as you will find out in the podcast. I'm so excited for you guys to find out more about Megan. Find out more about Megan and a few of the things we talk about at

It is my belief that the mental health of students during the COVID-19 pandemic has not gotten the proper attention. We are trying to do our part here at ASOM to remedy that. Emma Rose Ploch is a student at the University of Missouri and is founder of the Ag Advocacy page Found in the Field. Today, we spend some time talking about why she went into agriculture school and how she has found her passion for ag advocacy. We then talk to her about her unique experience as a college student during the COVID-19 pandemic and how she has had to adjust to all of the different stresses that have come her way. Find more at

For lots of us, money is a point of great stress. We are always seeming to chase the dollar thinking that more money equals a better life. Our guest today challenges that a bit. Austin Black is a financial coach with a passion for helping those invovled in agriculture. Today, we chat with Austin about his services and how by changing our relationship with money, we can become happier and more ready to deal with financial stress. A great conversation. I want to also take this opportunity to let everyone know about Ag Mental Health Week. Some of my friends have put together a discussion that will be taking place all across social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram) October 10-16. Just search #AgMentalHealthWeek across all the platforms to be a part of the conversation.

It’s Episode No. 53 and Happy 1 year anniversary to the Ag State of Mind Podcast. We are so thankful to everyone who has joined along in this journey over the past year. It is our goal over the next year to continue to bring the best content we can to the table of health in agriculture. Today, we return to speaking about the world of dairy farming and how the current ag climate is affecting dairy producers. Our guest is Dr. Amanda Stone, Assistant Professor from Mississippi State Extension. Amanda works with dairy farmers in the state of Mississippi. We connected through our friends at Agri-Safe. We talk about her background and how she ended up at MSU. Then we talk about how dairy is often misunderstood and how “animal activists” are affecting the dairy industry. We also chat about the misrepresentation of dairy in a healthy diet. We finish by chatting about her mental health first aid training which will be linked below. Great chat with my new friend Amanda! Find out more at

I always love when a farm kid goes to school, pursues a career, then uses that career to help out farmers. Monica Kramer McCojkey is a farm kid turned counselor who has returned to her roots helping out farmers in times of need. We talk about her upbringing and her journey to wanting to get back to address the issues facing farmers and farm families. We also chat a bit about how COVID has affected farm familes. Great Conversation! For links, go to our show notes page at

Today is a really cool episode of the podcast. My wife, Keri Medows, and I decided to record a podcast while we were on vacation this past week. This is something that I have been wanting to do for some time now, but it took us traveling 1300 miles away from home to get enough peace and space to make this happen. Today we talk about our growth as a couple, Keri's transition into farm life, and how we juggle all of the responisbilities in our life. Keri is a certified personal trainer and yoga instructor. To find more out about Keri and the services she provides, look her up on Instagram @KeriMedows.

Episode 50!! We made it!! The Golden Episode!! Thank you all so much for all of the continued support throughout this year. It's been a blessing! Today we speak with Jerod McDaniel. Jerod is a rancher from the Panhandle of Oklahoma. He is also host of the Ag Uncensored podcast, which is one of the podcasts who helped me find my way to starting my own. Jerod is one of the original players on Ag Twitter. We talk about his journey there and how he grew. We then speak about the world we are living in now and how having a different perspective can improve our outlook. Find Jerod on Twitter @jerodmcdaniel

Going solo today! Today I talk about self care and how it is important to help us live our best lives. Something i don't mention in the episode that I want to include here is an analogy that was told to me by my friend Adrienne DeSutter. We have to treat ourselves as farmers as assets to our operations. We have to make sure we are taken care of so we can best manage our farm. My perception on self care changed after I heard her tell me that. In this episode, I tell a bit about what self care means to me. I then tell how structure and a schedule helped me make time for self care. I tell an example of what a typical day looks like for me and how I am able to fit self care in. Find my episode with Adrienne at

1st generation farms present their own unique blessings and challenges. Today's guest Nathan Brown understands this very well. From growing up working on a neighbors farm to today owning and operating his own 1000+ acre operation, Nathan can speak in depth about the experience of a first gen farmer. About 3 years ago, Nathan noticed something among his peers. He noticed that there was an increased amount of stress in the farmers he spoke to. Not being one to let things fester, Nathan began speaking out about stress and mental health in agriculture. To this day, he has started or been a part of several efforts to break the stigma of mental health in ag. Nathan is a great man and a great friend and we are proud to have him featured on the podcast today!

County Fairs are a staple in the culture of many rural communities. Along with so many other events, these fairs look so much different due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Today, friend of the show Caroline Sicht (operator of The Farm Story website and podcast) joins us to speak about the impact county fairs have on our communities. We share a bit about the stress that we, and others in our same shoes, experienced in the lead up to the county fairs. We then share our own stories from the fair to show how they ended up a success. Caroline works so hard to make our Ag youth a priority and we are so proud to have her on the show to help her showcase that. Find Caroline's first episode with us on Episode 23. To find her online, check out