FFRI Podcast

FFRI Podcast

Wellness in the Fields

"Wellness in the Fields" is produced by the SIU Medicine Farm Family Resource Initiative to be a guiding light for the mental health and well-being of farmers and farm families. This podcast serves as a vital resource for support. Each episode delves into the critical topic of mental health, offering practical insights, stories of strength, and expert guidance.

Topics explored in "Wellness in the Fields" range from demystifying therapy to managing stress, finding kindness in adversity, and navigating relationships with workaholics. The podcast provides a safe space for conversations about the challenges and triumphs that come with farming life and the mental health journey.

A new episode is published on the 2nd Tuesday of each month. Find us on Spotify to get updated every time a new episode comes out.

Farming isn’t a career, it’s a lifestyle. Relationships in agriculture can look a little different, and loving someone with a mental health condition adds a bonus layer of unique rewards and challenges. Along with the triumphs come the frustrations and exhaustion. This episode will take you on a walk in the shoes of the caregiver, and introduce some basic skills to care for yourself while you’re caring for others. 

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.”

Legacy; it’s a loaded word that weighs heavily on a farmer’s mind. How do I know that what I’m doing is the right decision? Am I leaving a positive impact for my farm and my family? Let’s chat about creating a life that matters, for the people who matter, and using tomorrow’s vision to inspire today’s actions.

Who’s supposed to see a therapist, how do I find one, and what on earth am I getting myself into!? Listen in as we discuss the secrets and stigmas surrounding therapy, and how to make what’s often an uncomfortable situation…a little less uncomfortable.

Most people grapple with the urge to overload their schedules with obligations, especially in agriculture; in this episode, we explore the art of prioritizing to preserve time and energy for what truly deserves a “yes.”

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!"

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, and began partnering with Ag businesses and organizations to promote healthy minds and prevent farmer suicide. In addition to public speaking, she helps create and connect valuable ag mental health resources, writes a wellness column, and has been featured in articles, podcasts, and initiatives across the globe. She encourages a community approach to keeping farm families healthy and works to break down mental health barriers and empower farmers through her social media presence, @SowHopeGrowHope.


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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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