PODCAST

Rural Realities

Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection

Given the ongoing challenges facing the agriculture industry – low prices, uncertain markets, trade uncertainty, and inclement weather - it’s no surprise that farmers and farm families are experiencing more stress. “Rural Realities” focuses on helping farmers tap into their resilient nature by presenting advice from experts that can help reduce stress, improve a farm’s financial situation, implement good farm family communication skills, and more. ***The department is providing this podcast as a public service, but it is neither a legal interpretation nor a statement of department policy. Reference to any specific product or entity does not constitute an endorsement or recommendation by the department. The views expressed by guests are their own and their appearance on the program does not imply an endorsement of them or any entity they represent. Views and opinions expressed by department employees are those of the employees and do not necessarily reflect the view of the department or any of its officials. If you have any questions about this disclaimer, please contact our Chief Legal Counsel.

Let’s Talk Anxiety & Depression on the FarmIdentify & Reset Unhealthy Default Settings
"Identify & Reset Unhealthy Default Settings” with Penn Vieau, Professional Speaker & Coach It is easy to overemphasize the negative and dismiss the positive things in our lives. Penn Vieau, professional speaker and coach, and Karen Endres from the Wisconsin Farm Center share how these unhealthy default settings can cause stress, fatigue, resentment, and get us off track. In this podcast, they share how and why our minds come pre-wired to focus on the negative and how identifying the positive, establishing a personal board of directors, and planning your priorities can help you overcome the negatives and maintain better focus on your farm and personal priorities.  Experiencing a challenge on the farm? Contact the Wisconsin Farm Center! With more than a hundred years of collective agriculture experience, the Wisconsin Farm Center team offers free and confidential financial and transition planning services, conflict mediation, veterinary diagnostic analysis, and more. They can be reached at 800-942-2474 or farmcenter@wisconsin.gov. More information on programs and services is available at https://farmcenter.wi.gov. If you are experiencing increased stress, depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, or just need a welcoming ear to talk to, please contact the free and confidential 24/7 WI Farmer Wellness Helpline at 888-901-2558 for immediate support. In-person and tele-counseling sessions are also available by request."More information on the concepts, strategies and tactics shared in this episode can be found in Roger Seip's Train Your Brain For Success (copyright 2011) and Roger's and Robb Zbierski's Master Your Mind;Counterintuitive Strategies to Refocus and Re-Energize Your Runaway Brain (copyright 2019).  These programs are available from Freedom Personal Development, at www.freedompersonaldevelopment.com."
Mar 11 2022
25 mins
Use a Positive Mindset & Gratitude to Handle Daily Farm Stress
"Use a Positive Mindset & Gratitude to Handle Daily Farm Stress" with Penn Vieau, Professional Speaker & Coach You face many stressors owning and operating a farm business, and for many of you, a multigenerational farm business.  Penn Vieau, professional speaker and coach and Karen Endres from the Wisconsin Farm Center share how adopting a positive mindset with a focus on gratitude can help you better handle these stressors. In this podcast, they explore how the mind works and lead you through examples so you can make immediate changes in your work and personal life to achieve your goals while effectively managing daily stress. Experiencing a challenge on the farm? Contact the Wisconsin Farm Center! With more than a hundred years of collective agriculture experience, the Wisconsin Farm Center team offers free and confidential financial and transition planning services, conflict mediation, veterinary diagnostic analysis, and more. They can be reached at 800-942-2474 or farmcenter@wisconsin.gov. More information on programs and services is available at https://farmcenter.wi.gov. If you are experiencing increased stress, depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, or just need a welcoming ear to talk to, please contact the free and confidential 24/7 WI Farmer Wellness Helpline at 888-901-2558 for immediate support. In-person and tele-counseling sessions are also available by request."More information on the concepts, strategies and tactics shared in this episode can be found in Roger Seip's Train Your Brain For Success (copyright 2011) and Roger's and Robb Zbierski's Master Your Mind;Counterintuitive Strategies to Refocus and Re-Energize Your Runaway Brain (copyright 2019).  These programs are available from Freedom Personal Development, at www.freedompersonaldevelopment.com."
Jan 7 2022
33 mins
International Markets Provide Opportunities for Wisconsin Farmers and Agri-BusinessesAgrAbility of Wisconsin Helps Farmers Keep Doing What They LoveMaintaining Farm Viability Through Volatile TimesHealing After Farm Stress Turned to TragedyFarmers Facing the Future After 2020Navigating Marriage on the FarmFarm Children: They Experience Stress Too!
"Farm Children: They Experience Stress Too!" by Monica McConkey, Rural Mental Health SpecialistFarming generally comes with a significant amount of stress that can negatively impact everyone involved in the operation including youth of any age. Monica McConkey, a rural mental health specialist from Minnesota, discusses the signs and symptoms of stressed children on the farm and how parents can help struggling youth in this "Rural Realities" episode.  Farmers navigate tough conversations and situations every single day but talking about farm succession and transition is a once-in-a-lifetime event that can come with its own unique set of challenges. Elaine Froese, a farm transition specialist, shares tips and tricks on setting yourself up for success when transitioning the farm to the next generation in this "Rural Realities" episode.Experiencing a challenge on the farm? Contact the Wisconsin Farm Center! With more than 50 years of agriculture experience collectively, the Wisconsin Farm Center team offers free and confidential financial planning services, mediation/arbitration, herd-based diagnostics, and more. They can be reached at 800-942-2474 or farmcenter@wisconsin.gov. More information on programs and services are available at https://farmcenter.wi.gov. If you are experiencing increased stress, depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, or just need a welcoming ear to talk to, please contact the free and confidential 24/7 WI Farmer Wellness Hotline at 888-901-2558 for immediate support. Ongoing in-person and tele-counseling sessions are also available by request.
Sep 21 2020
31 mins
Finding Fairness in Farm TransitionFarm Financials: When to Reach Out for HelpDiscussing the "Undiscussabull"Navigating Change When the World has ChangedYour Brain on StressBreaking the Stigma on Mental Health