The Millennial Ag Podcast

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The Millennial Ag Podcast is the brainchild of Katharine Lotspeich, a Utah dairy farmer, and Valene Lickley, a 5th generation beef rancher from southern Idaho. Both passionate agriculturists from very different backgrounds, we realized our diverse perspectives could play a role in helping to widen agriculture conversations.

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This week, we’re thrilled to be joined by Brandi Buzzard, creator at the blog Buzzard’s Beat. Recently, recipe magazine Epicurious announced that they would no longer be featuring recipes with meat, particularly beef, in order to focus attention on what they called livestock’s large contribution to climate change and greenhouse emissions. Brandi walks us through why this is nonsense, accompanied by her straight-shooting commentary about how all of agriculture, regardless of sector, can contribute to our positive effects on the climate and our surrounding communities. Don’t miss this straight-talk episode with a one of a kind guest.

Have you ever wondered what would happen if you just...DID the thing? Let the excuses go, no holds barred, and dove straight into something? Whatever it may be - weight loss, starting a business, becoming an astronaut....let your dreams take hold and steer? Kiah Twisselman did just that...and she changed her life. Kiah is a generational ranch lady from California (yes, really), life coach, and beef advocate extraordinaire. Two years ago, she said to hell with the excuses that were holding her back in her life, and made some radical changes. Tune in to this episode to hear exactly where it all started but be ready for one wild ride - she's smart, she's funny, she's sassy, and she's exactly what this world needs right now. She talks about love - for yourself and for whatever you're passionate about (hey, agriculture!) and how the first must happen in order for the second to truly fly. She's warm, inspiring, and the friend you need for whatever challenge you're staring in the face right now. We're so excited to welcome this rockstar to the show, and even more excited for you to listen to her. You can find Kiah at Follow Millennial Ag online:

This week, we're joined by Delaney Howell and Ashtyn Carr. Cohosts of the Ag Daily Podcast and the brains behind the Global Ag Network, the ladies share with us how the Network came to be and what their daily podcast focuses on. Tune in to learn about these incredible women and all the balls they keep in the air daily.

This week, we talk about self care and giving ourselves grace, especially when it seems hardest. In honor of May Mental Health Month, we discuss how self-talk impacts our mental health, and how to give ourselves grace, even when it seems hardest. Follow Millennial Ag

This week, we're joined by guest JC Olson, with Scoular. JC walks us through the new technology his company has developed and is working to take mainstream by being able to capture protein in barley. This episode is packed with new information and exciting advances in the animal feed and byproduct space. Don't miss it! Follow Millennial Ag online:

This week, we are excited to be joined by a huge champion for agriculture, Idaho Governor Brad Little. Governor Little comes from an agriculture background, and knows what he's talking about. He's excited about all the opportunities agriculture is seeing in the state, and even more vocal about how young people are key to some of the changes coming. He even says that Millennials get a bad rap (!!!) and sheds some light on why he thinks that. Join us for a fun conversation with an engaging guest. Follow Millennial Ag

This week, we were honored to be joined by Dr. Nora Feldpausch, a board certified psychiatrist, mom, and dairywoman. Nora has many years of experience helping people through their mental health journeys. She lays out what mental illness really is and maybe more importantly, what it isn’t. She shares how we can help ourselves and each other (hint: grace), how compassion for self and others is the key to navigating mental health struggles, and brings love and joy to a topic that can be very hard to talk openly about. She talks about how important it is to build a team of professionals while you’re seeking help for mental health challenges, and breaks down what each of those professionals looks like. Dr. Feldpausch hits this episode out of the park, and we’re so excited to bring this third installment in our rural mental health series to you. Dr. Feldpausch shared the following resources for those seeking help with mental health: National Alliance on Mental Illness - this is a great place to start if you want more info on support for yourself or a loved one who is suffering with a mental illness - lots of links to good information on diagnosis, treatment and support. 1-800-273-TALK National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - they also have a link to chat online on their website.www.SAMSHA.govSAMHSA Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration - is a good place to start if you are looking for statistics/information on mental illness. This is a list of federal, state and local public and private facilities that provide mental health treatment. a link to state of Colorado behavioral health resources/services - something similar exists in all states - consider going to your state website and searching for "behavioral health".

This week, we're joined by Katy Starr. Katy is a Jill-of-all-trades, with ranching, motherhood, business owner, and ag organization volunteer all in her titles. She talks with us about how important it is to be involved in ag organizations on the local level, and how those organizations impact local areas and make huge ripples when time and involvement are put into them. She also shares how she keeps all her activities in the air with some welcome wisdom (and hint: it doesn't involve balancing everything). Tune in to this week's episode for a great guest with a huge passion for serving in her local community!

We're just about a year in from when the food supply chain as we knew it was disrupted by coronavirus. Over the last ten days, it happened again when a superbarge holding an estimated 10% of global GDP became stuck in the Suez Canal, trapping other barges that held up livestock and other agricultural goods. This week, we discuss what ag can learn from another "once in a lifetime" disruption to our everyday lives.

This week, Val and Katharine discuss the epic come together the livestock industry saw this past weekend in response to Colorado's Governor Polis' "Meat Out" proclamation supporting a vegan diet. What started in Colorado swept around the country as farmers and ranchers and their supporters gathered together for a "Meat In" day. It was an incredible example of what can happen when agriculture joins together to accomplish a common goal. We need this kind of effort now more than ever as continuing attacks on agriculture threaten livelihoods and the food system.