[TW/CW: MH, MI] This episode of The Rural Woman Podcast contains discussion of mental health, mental illness, discussion of suicide. These themes may be upsetting to some listeners. If you or a loved one find yourself needing emotional support or are in crisis please note the following resources:

Crisis Services Canada: 1-833-456-4566 or send a text to 45645

US National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

USA & Canada Text Line: Text HOME to 741741 to connect with a Crisis Counselor

On this week’s episode of The Rural Woman Podcast, you’ll meet Liz Hulsizer from West Central Illinois. Liz grew up on her family’s century farm where she was active with daily farm activities, 4-H, FFA, and a variety of school activities. She always knew a career in agriculture was right for her, so she attended the University of Illinois where she studied Agriculture Business Management and a minor in Crop Sciences. While still early in her career she’s already had experiences with some of the industry’s top companies including Nutrien, Pioneer, ADM, and currently at a locally owned agriculture centered bank.

Today, in addition to her role as a Trust Officer she continues her active role on her family’s farm that she operates with her husband Matthew (Matt), her mom Sally, and her brother Andrew and his family. As her nephew puts it, “She’s the best combine operator in the family.” And while Liz has certainly experienced the joys of farming, she’s also experienced the deep pain that can come with it. Early in her married life to Matt, her father-in-law, David, took his life. At that time, she and Matt quickly became the chief operators, dealing with not only crops, but also hogs and cattle– they’d been married a mere 13 months and weren’t even 25.

For show notes including links mentioned in today’s episode, head on over to WildRoseFarmer.com