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Tools For Today's Farmers

Tools For Today's Farmers

By Purdue Extension Farm Stress Team
Today's Farmers weather more stress than ever before. Our podcast seeks to share important information, tools, and hope through interviews with experts in Agriculture and special guests from Purdue University. The Tools For Today's Farmers podcast is brought to you by the Purdue Extension Farm Stress Team. #farmstrong
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Farm Succession Planning

Tools For Today's Farmers

Overcoming Adversity - "Don't Ever Give Up"
There's not much in farming that Mike Wilson hasn't seen.  From being a fifth generation farmer to working nearly 30 years in the Ag industry, Mike has seen his share of adversity.  Mike share his stories of overcoming adversity, and how his experiences and people that helped him has inspired a career where he works to help farmers make their jobs easier and less stressful.
November 15, 2021
Navigating Food Safety Requirements and New Regulations
Purdue Extension Food Safety Educator talks about the numerous programs available to farmers for Food Safety support.  From mock audits to readiness reviews (and more), Scott encourages growers to look into programs that can be customized for their farm. To learn about free and confidential programs designed to assist farmers with compliance to produce safety rules, visit or
October 25, 2021
Preparing Leaders to Advance in Agriculture
Beth Archer, Executive Director of AgrIInstitute, shares how her organization is working to build the leadership capacity for adults in agriculture.  Beth provides information about the Indiana Agricultural Leadership Program and the upcoming collaboration with the Indiana Rural health Association and Purdue Extension, "Healthy Minds, Healthy Lives".  For more information, please visit the AgrIInstitute website:
October 11, 2021
Using Technology to Connect With Mental Health Services While Maintaining Your Privacy
Nathaan Demers has lived and worked in small towns and rural areas, and knows keeping your privacy while seeking mental health services can be difficult.  A Clinical Psychologist, Nathaan teamed up with technology professionals to create web-based mental health services that would be of high-quality and confidential. is a free, confidential site that a brief self-assessment and many resources that has been helpful to those that have tried it.  Nathaan and his team are also working at creating new web-based services for veterans, first responders, and more.  For more information, visit  To give Man Therapy a try, click the link below:
September 27, 2021
Gene Marks Shares Information and Business Strategies That Could Improve the Profitability of Your Small Farm
Season Two of the Tools For Today's Farmers podcast kicks off with Gene Marks @genemarks -- you have probably seen Gene as a regular contributor on Fox Business or read his articles in The Guardian, Washington Times, or Forbes.  In this episode, Gene talks about business challenges such as working with employees from younger generations, if and when to outsource a function of your farm, areas of your business to consider investing additional resources into, coping with COVID-related restrictions, and his outlook on positive trends in agriculture. Stick around for the entire information-packed episode, because at the 36 minute mark, Gene shares how current bills in congress (infrastructure bill, American Families Act, minimum wage increases, overtime rules changes, independent contractor classification changes, and more) will impact your small farm.
September 3, 2021
Dairy Farming and Social Media
Derrick Josi is a 4th generation Dairy Farmer, but you might know him from his popular videos about farming on social media.  Derrick talks about the unique challenges of running a multi-generational farm and the different things he does to handle that pressure.  He also talks about the unique ways social media can benefit farmers.  You can find Derrick at:
June 16, 2021
Considerations When Diversifying Farm Income With Solar Energy Fields
Financial challenges are a common stressor and many farms seek to diversify income streams.  More farmers are adding solar energy fields into their business model than ever before. In this episode we talk with Jerrod Bley, Clean Energy Program Director for the Adirondack North Country Association, about things to consider when thinking about incorporating solar energy fields into your farm business.
May 20, 2021
Farm Stress From the Youth Perspective
After seeing farm stress impact her community, high school student and western Boone County FFA Chapter President Jaden Maze decided she wanted to help.  Jaden reviewed farm stress research and developed her speech, "Stop the Stigma" for her FFA program in an effort to reduce the stigma of reaching out for mental health support.  Through the Rural Communications Project, she has talked about stopping the stigma at her county and at the state level.  Jaden joined the Tools For Today's Farmers podcast team to share her experience and how youth can get more involved to help.
April 12, 2021
A Conversation With Zippy Duvall
American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall shares why he is optimistic for the future of farming and how to get more involved with the Farm Bureau family. President Duvall also talks about farm stress, how he copes with stress, and how the Farm Bureau resource "Farm State of Mind" can help farmers get through tough times.
March 22, 2021
A Conversation With Ted Mckinney
Under former Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, Ted McKinney served as Under Secretary of Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs.  He shared the motivations and considerations that shaped his approach to creating policies and the pursuit of global trade opportunities, his appreciation for farmers, and why he is hopeful for the future of agriculture.
February 8, 2021
Farm Succession Planning
Educators from the Purdue Extension Succession Planning Team talk about how it's never too early to begin succession planning. They also share information about their upcoming live online series, "Keeping the Farm Resilient in Uncertain Times".  To attend this online three-part series, you must register by February 3rd -- more information and registration links are available through the Purdue Women in Agriculture website.
January 21, 2021
Risk Management, Interpreting Ag Indexes, And More!
Dr. Jason Lusk and Dr. Todd Keuthe from the Agricultural Economics and Center for Commercial Ag at Purdue University discuss risk management options, interpreting Ag indexes, and share where to find the many Purdue programs and reports available to help Indiana farmers.
January 11, 2021
A Conversation With the Dillhoff Farm Family
Andy and Sara Dillhoff talk about the many farm-related stresses they face, but find working to complete the many small tasks within the work itself can help relieve stress -- and that the overall pride of purpose of "the life" is a reward that makes it all worth it, year after year.
December 14, 2020
Keeping Pace on the "Technology Treadmill" and Other Farm Stressors
Dr. Joe Molnar, Professor of Agricultural Economics in Rural Sociology, discusses his research on stress specific to Farmers and shares resources and ideas to better cope and prepare for the variety of stressors in Farm Life.
November 30, 2020
A Conversation With Angela Sorg About Farm Stress
Angela Sorg, a Health and Human Sciences Education with Purdue Extension with over 20 years of experience as a Mental Health professional, discusses the stressors unique to the farming community, healthy ways to cope with stress, and how Purdue Extension programs like "Weathering the Storm" can help.
November 16, 2020
A Conversation With Indiana Farm Bureau President, Randy Kron
Randy Kron shares Indiana Farm Bureau initiatives that work to give farmers a voice and provide support.  He is especially excited about a brand new program, INFB Health Plans, designed to make healthcare more affordable for Indiana farmers.
November 2, 2020
A Conversation with Gary Truitt, the Voice Of Hoosier Ag Today
Gary talks about his connections to the Indiana agricultural community and the pride he takes in serving the needs of farm families for over 35 years.  He also shares information about the Indiana Farm Equipment and Technology Expo, an event that showcases the latest tech to help farmers farm better and more profitably.
October 19, 2020
Purdue Basketball Coach Matt Painter
Coach Painter shares how he leads, motivates, and encourages his players to become mentally and physically stronger and develop into well-rounded individuals, and talks about his hopes for the upcoming season.
October 5, 2020
Indiana Farmers and the Purdue Extension Alliance
Dr. Jason Henderson, Senior Associate Dean and Director of Extension in the College of Agriculture, shares how Purdue Extension continues to serve as an ally to Indiana Farmers.
September 21, 2020
Tools For Today's Farmers -- #farmstrong With Armstrong
Max Armstrong reflects on his lifelong connection to Agriculture, the best advice he was ever given, and the upcoming Farm Progress and Husker Harvest event, the Farm Progress Virtual Experience -- available live September 15, 16, and 17 at or
September 14, 2020