Shouldn't we treat the people of agriculture with the same care we put into our land and animals? It's time for agriculture to change the stigma about mental health. Michele is just the speaker to help you.

Michele Payn

Michele learned resiliency firsthand after her family lost their farm to bankruptcy, experiencing divorce, caring for a love one with cancer, managing the ups & downs of her own business, and having a friend commit suicide. She has spent 15+ years connecting the people and science of food and farming, but has felt called to bring hope, healing, and help to agriculture.

Farmers die by suicide at nearly twice the rate of the general U.S. population. Mental health challenges in agriculture is a global issue: an Australian farmer takes their life every four days, more than 270,000 farmers in India have died by suicide in the last 25 years, and a U.K. farmer commits suicide each week. Michele believes it's time to change that by talking about what really matters in agriculture – the people.

Markets change. Mother Nature delivers a deadly blow to planting and harvesting. Family tragedy occurs. Pandemics wreak havoc. Neighbors become competitors. Trade wars happen. Consumers reject your farming and ranching practices.  You're terrified of losing the business built by generations of your family. Agriculture is a frustrating, exhausting, and overwhelming business – but we are taught to be independent, deal with our problems, and not talk about it.

Michele helps ag folks understand they were created as a human, not a farmer or rancher. The families producing our food need to be as concerned with their mental well-being as much as they are with physical wellness or the health of their crops or livestock. This new program, available as a webinar, keynote, or workshop will help your audience find:

  • Energy to hang on and survive
  • Tips to proactively protect your mental health
  • Encouragement in the darkest times
  • Ways to handle the public stage of criticism

Farmers, ranchers, and the people supporting them need different tools to deal with the storms of change shaking the agricultural business. As a result of this online or in-person training, your audience will be:

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  • Armed with tools to reduce stress and find help.
  • Empowered to proactively manage their mental health.
  • Challenged to find meaning in life beyond  work.
  • Equipped with resources to share with neighbors, employees, family members, or customers.

Bring "Resiliency for Agriculture" to your conference or webinar series – contact Michele today to discuss how she delivers hope, healing, and humor through this keynote.  If you're ready to break the silence and bring an inspirational look at mental health from one of agriculture's own, this new program is for you.

Michele on FB Live with Theresa Gillie, a farmer whose husband took his life. They discuss the impact on surviving family members, ideas for farmers who are struggling, & how we can better care for the ag community's mental well-being.

Michele talks with Ashley Messing, a Michigan dairy farmer, about the challenges of motherhood and managing a farm. She shares her experience with postpartum depression and a long-time farm employee who took his life.

"We are so glad we booked Michele to present "Resiliency in Agriculture" for our 48th annual Country Elevator Conference. She addressed a tough topic with empathy, humor and truth. Many of our members confided that they were apprehensive about attending a mental health session, but thanked us for including it in the program because they found it enlightening and rewarding. Others said they were grateful to have attention brought to an issue that's immeasurably impacted their lives. Some said Michele's session brought them much-needed awareness of how mental health challenges are impacting rural America. At the end of a tough year for agriculture, Michele's reminder that valuing each other as humans before anything else was invaluable and grounding. The session exceeded our expectations."

- Sarah Gonzalez, Director of Communications and Digital Media, National Grain and Feed Association

Disclaimer: this is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. If you are in crisis, please visit your local emergency room or call 911.

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