As an occupational therapy student, I recognize the power of living a purposeful lifestyle and have grown up appreciating the agricultural lifestyle's purpose. My podcast aims to advocate for the incredible people in the agricultural population who have suffered injuries, accidents, or have disabilities. These individuals' challenges never hold them back from checking calves at 4:00 AM in the midst of a bitter winter storm or an overnight harvest shift and, most notably, from helping to feed this wonderful world we live in. The Cutting Fences Podcast is filled with these amazing individuals' stories, experiences, equipment, life hacks, and more. Farming and ranching are far from your average 9:00-5:00 job, and no short of this, the individuals featured on this podcast are filled with perseverance, grit, pride, and a wealth of wisdom. This is a space molded to cultivate compassion, empathy, and support. Join my guests and me in eliminating barriers and unit fields while we plant seeds of support to harvest humanity.

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According to the CDC, every day about 100 agricultural workers suffer a lost-work-time injury. "Agricultural occupational injuries costed an estimate of 4.57 billion dollars in 1992. On a per-person basis, farming contributes roughly 30% more than the national average to occupational injury costs" (J. Leigh, S. McCurdy, M. Schenker, 1992). My merchandise sales will serve as an opportunity for advocacy and support for our neighbors in need. 100% of proceeds collected from merchandise sales will be placed in a crisis fund for individuals and families who undergo medical emergencies that affect and alter their lifestyle as agricultural beings.

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What is Occupational Therapy?

"Occupational therapy is a client-centered health profession concerned with promoting health and well-being through occupation. The primary goal of occupational therapy is to enable people to participate in the activities of everyday life. Occupational therapists achieve this outcome by working with people and communities to enhance their ability to engage in the occupations they want to, need to, or are expected to do, or by modifying the occupation or the environment to better support their occupational engagement" (WFOT 2012)