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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We're excited to be joined this week by Angela Dwyer, Habitat Coordinator with the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies. Angela's work often intersects with the farming and ranching communities, and sees huge opportunities for collaboration between seemingly disparate communities. She says the most important thing is making sure that all stakeholders, not just the loudest ones, are at the tables during discussions about policy that have ripple effects in directions that might not otherwise be considered. This is a great episode with a great guest, taking a closer look at a side of agriculture that isn't often considered. You can find Angela and more information about the Bird Conservancy at Follow Millennial Ag online:

It’s been a heck of a week. It’s been a heck of an election season. By most any metric, it’s been a heck of a year. This week, we decided to go against the noise, and give you updates on where we’re at and some encouragement. We hope this short and sweet episode restores you just a little like it did for us. Here’s to more compassion and grace in every part of our lives.

This week, we're excited to welcome back Laurie Lickley, a rancher and state representative from Idaho. She walks us through how we as citizens can be engaged in the policy and lawmaking processes. She lays out how and why things happen in the legislative process, and how typically, most legislation starts at the grassroots level, with regular citizens just like ourselves. If you're still wondering whether your voice counts as the US elections near, look no further than this episode. You'll find out how and why to get involved, questions legislators ask, and be reminded of the distinct honor we have to be American citizens, with the rights and responsibilities our Constitution endows upon us. The US elections are on November 3, 2020. If you haven't already done so, make sure to make a plan to vote, whether it's by mail or in person. Follow Millennial Ag online:

Two weeks out from the U.S. elections, we're joined by Jason Medows, a pharmacist and agriculture producer, not to mention a podcaster in his own right. Jason talks with us about how mindset is the most important thing you can cultivate for mental health. He shares real world advice on how he keeps his mental health in top shape. He also discusses the importance of keeping perspective as we head into elections. He encourages folks to keep the big picture in mind, to choose kindness when interacting with others, and to take a step back if needed. One of his top ways to maintain mental health is by simply turning off the news. Like all of our guests who talk about mental health, Jason is real and down to earth. He doesn't have gimmicky fixes, but lots of experience and "here's what's worked for me". If you're feeling a little run down by politics, COVID, 2020 in general, this episode is for you. Make sure to check out Jason's podcast, Ag State of Mind and give him a follow on social media while you're there! You can find Jason and the Ag State of Mind podcast at: Follow Millennial Ag online:

This week, we take the Millennial factor to the max. We’re excited to welcome three Millennials from agriculture, to talk about where they’re standing politically as we barrel towards November 3. Dan Lotspeich joins us as a produce grower from northeastern Nevada. A registered Republican, he describes himself as a reluctant but strident Biden voter. Leah Pratt grew up in a conservative household in California, and now is a registered Democrat in rural Idaho. Dustin Cooksey comes to us from row crop production in northeastern Colorado, and is planning to vote for President Trump. These three millennials in ag come together for – wait for it – CIVIL CONVERSATION centered around the United States’ upcoming elections. They discuss policy differences, how they’ve come to their decisions, and perhaps most importantly, showcase that we’re only as divided as we allow ourselves to be. This civilized discussion is something we’re incredibly proud to bring you this fall, and encourage anyone who’s feeling especially discouraged by the discourse in our country right now to tune in. This episode will give you hope. Follow Millennial Ag online:

In anticipation of US elections occurring in just less than a month, this week we're excited to welcome a veteran political strategist and consultant, Brett Moore to the show. A native from a wheat farm in western Kansas, Brett breaks down how the electoral college works, and more importantly, how it might actually be in favor of agriculture and rural voters (California has 55 electoral votes, Wyoming has 3...tune in to hear how the math works!) Amid the noise and name calling, Millennial Ag is excited to bring you the first in our several weeks of election coverage. You can find Brett at: OnTheBallot Consulting Brett@OnTheBallot.CO 303-900-8154 Denver, CO Follow Millennial Ag online:

"Even though I'm over 50, I'm still the kid." Do those words ring true for you? Are you trying to start the succession planning conversation in your family but don't know where to begin? Paul Marchant will be the first to tell you that he still doesn't know, but that you have to start somewhere. The generational cattleman and writer for Progressive Cattle joins the podcast this week to share some hard-earned wisdom about the tough conversations that come with trying to plan out a farming or ranching operation's succession plan. Paul doesn't have a quick fix, or a one-size-fits-all solution, but he does offer some down-to-earth perspective and encouragement to fail your way forward on this hard topic. He also shares how humility and putting yourself in someone else's shoes can help make the road easier to travel, and how a sense of humor is oftentimes the most important tool of all. Follow Progressive Cattle online: Follow Millennial Ag online:

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:

We're excited to welcome back Damian Mason,former political comic, agriculture economist and keynote speaker this week. What are we talking about? Agriculture subsidies. Damian takes us back to how subsidies in agriculture began, why we have them, and what they mean today. We talk about the recent farm payments the industry has received due to trade wars and COVD-19, and discuss what it might mean for agriculture producers moving forward, both in an election year and after. As always with Damian, we get a lot of information and plenty of laughs to break up the data. Join us this week as we talk about one of agriculture's hottest topics. You can find Damian at: Subscribe to Millennial Ag podcasts and follow us at:

Progressive. In this day and age, that word has many meanings, and leading up to a presidential election here in the United States, it’s even more loaded. But this week, we’re joined by a special guest from the dairy publishing world. Walt Cooley, Editor-in-Chief of the Progressive Dairy magazine gives us his own definition of progressive, how his magazine defines it, and how being open to new experiences is really the at the heart of the word. As the man whose job it is to make sure that dairy producers are up to speed and on the cutting edge of all things related to the industry, Walt shares how being confident enough in your past to embrace the future is the way forward for not just dairies, but ag operations of any size or shape as well as individuals to be successful as we move forward in these ever-increasing volatile times. Follow Progressive Dairy online: Follow Millennial Ag online: