FFRI Podcast

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FFRI Podcast

Welcome to the Farm Family Resource Initiative Podcast, where we explore the mental health issues that farmers and their families face. This podcast is the first season of a series that aims to provide resources and support to rural communities.  It features in-depth discussions about topics that impact the well-being of farmers and farm families. Join us as we take a look at the challenges facing rural America.

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About the podcast host

Adrienne DeSutter

Adrienne DeSutter is part of her husband's fourth-generation farm family in Midwest Illinois. They farm corn and soybeans, with a small herd of cattle and a small herd of children. With a Master’s degree in Counseling (and a self-proclaimed Master's in Farm Family Chaos), Adrienne recognized a need for mental health advocacy in agriculture. She began partnering with Ag businesses and organizations to promote healthy minds and prevent farmer suicide.


What makes a farmer great? Toughness. What also gets in the way of being greater? Toughness. Listen to this quick chat on the good, the bad, and the ugly on “toughing it out.”

Struggling with stress, and not sure what to do about it? Trying to think of ways to help someone you’re worried about? Here’s an introduction to the various mental health resources available for agriculturists.

There are countless ways to keep your stress in check. Tune in to discover how simply being kind can improve your mental health. 

Determination, self-reliant, hard-working: all words to describe a successful farmer. But when does the drive to succeed turn from helpful to harmful? Join us in discussing how the nonstop lifestyle of a farmer can create stress for the entire family, and how a few simple tools can help slow the "busy!"

The truth about time: Juggling the work/home balance of Farm Families.

Other podcasts

The Red River Farm Network’s TransFARMation series is designed to increase awareness and reduce inhibitions about acknowledging farm stress, as well as highlight the resources available. Local farmers, ranchers and agricultural stakeholders are featured, sharing personal stories and offering a message of hope.



AgriSafe has long been a trusted voice in the health and safety of the people who feed the world, and we’re excited to bring that to you in a new format. Tune in every month to hear the latest from health and safety experts in agriculture. Together we’ll tackle the safety issues important to the producers and ag workers.

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