Enhance – webinars

May 2022 #StrongerTogetHER Enhance Mini-Series

Dairy Girl Network Enhance offers resources without leaving the farm. This webinar mini-series in honor of May Mental Health Awareness Month is brought to you by the DGN initiative #StrongerTogetHER.

Second Webinar in the #StrongerTogetHER Mini-Series:



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Webinar 2: It’s OK to Not be OK

Presented by: Jeff Ditzenberger, Founder and President of TUGS (Talking Understanding Growing Supporting)

Presented live on Friday, May 27th at 12:00 p.m. CST (1:00 p.m. EST | 11:00 a.m. MST | 10:00 a.m. PST)

One person’s story of mental health struggles and what we can do to not only help ourselves but others as well. Join us for the second webinar in the #StrongerTogetHER mini-series where Jeff shares his story and gives guidance from his real-life experiences on how to stop the stigma and break the silence around mental health.

Webinar 1 (Recorded): “I want to help, I just don’t know how” Filling your toolbox with mental health resources to assist those in crisis

Presented by: Josie M. Rudolphi, PhD., Assistant professor and Extension Specialist, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Presented live on Friday, May 20th at 12:00 p.m. CST

It is estimated that 1 in 5 adults experience mental illnesses, and many more experience intermittent mental health crises. However, in rural and agricultural communities, professional health care is not always available or accessible. Josie Rudolphi will describe resources and programs to prepare non-mental health professionals to be assistive when their friends and family members are in crisis.

Meet the Speakers for the Webinars:

Jeff Ditzenberger has been in agriculture his entire life. From a small dairy operation growing up in South Wayne, WI, a FFA and FFA alumni member, to an ag mechanic and salesperson for 20 years and ag advertising for 2 years as well as owning his own dairy farm until going strictly into crops, Green County Farm Bureau President for 10 years and Ag Chest VP for 5 years…as well as many ag related committees and groups, he brings a vast array and diverse agricultural perspective. Jeff along with his dog, Luke, and cat, Pancake, currently help on a farm consisting 700 acres of corn, soybeans and hay near Argyle Wis. He is also the District Manager for Big Iron Auctions in Wisconsin. Jeff has two children, Harleigh and Parker, and a 2-year-old adorable granddaughter Addyson. He is a certified mental health life coach and peer specialist in mental health and addiction recovery. He is also QPR (Question Persuade Refer) Instructor qualified. In his free time, Jeff does some standup comedy, acting, golfing, riding his motorcycle, officiating weddings, working on his nonprofit, TUGS, and coaching softball.

Josie M. Rudolphi, PhD, is an Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Rudolphi’s research and outreach focuses on farm stress and mental health, agricultural safety and health, and child agricultural injury prevention. She uses quantitative methods to estimate the prevalence of anxiety, depression, suicidality among farming populations and identify risk and protective factors for adverse mental health outcomes. Dr. Rudolphi is the project director of the USDA funded North Central Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Center, a 15-organization collaborative to expand and create farm stress resources and services in the 12 north central region states. In addition, she directs the Illinois AgrAbility Unlimited, an Extension program that provides direct services and education to farmers with limitations. She grew up on a corn and soybean farm in eastern Iowa and has a PhD in Occupational and Environmental Health from the University of Iowa.

Thank you to Zoetis for providing the web hosting and recording!

Previous Webinars:


  • January: “Where Strategy and Reality Intersect” presented by Kristy Pagel, moderated by Gena Fletcher
  • February: “Milk Market Updates: Questions and Answers” presented by Mary Ledman
  • March: Include Mini-Series
    • “Inclusion in the Dairy Community: Why Does It Matter?” presented by Laura Daniels and Philomena Satre
    • “Make Your Farm the Employer of Choice” presented by Sandy Larson and Rosario Ibarra, moderated by LuAnn Troxel
    • “Who Do You Have on Your Side? Understanding the Difference Between Allyship, Mentorship, Sponsorship” presented by Josh Hushon, Greta Halahan and Sam Bild
  • April: “Mycotoxins and Their Consequences” presented by Dr. Carie M. Telgen, DVM, Sponsored by Diamond V
  • May: #StrongerTogetHER Mini-Series
    • “I want to help, I just don’t know how” Filling your toolbox with mental health resources to assist those in crisis” presented by Dr. Josie Rudolphi
    • “It’s OK to Not be OK” presented by Jeff Ditzenberger


  • January: “Turning Observation into Action” presented by Michelle Sullivan, sponsored by Cargill
  • March:
    • “What Does Your SCC Say About Your Management?” presented by Angela Kinney, Heidi Fischer and Jolynne Schroepfer, sponsored by National Mastitis Council
    • “Fostering a Positive On-Farm Culture” presented by Nicole Ayache and Jorge Delgado, sponsored by FARM
  • April: “Get 2021 Started on the Right Foot: Alfalfa Stands and Alternative Forages” presented by Jeff Jackson, sponsored by CROPLAN/Land O’ Lakes
  • May: Mental Health Mini-Series
    • “Finding Balance During a Stressful Time” presented by Becky Allen
    • “Meditation for the Everyday Woman” presented by Ashley Machado
    • “Tools to Help Children Cope with Changes Due to COVID-19” presented by Monica Kramer McConkey
  • June: “Social Media: Sharing Trends and Tips” presented by Carrie Mess, sponsored by Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin
  • July: “How to Set Big, Juicy Goals and Get Results” presented by Lisa Liimatta and Kaela Gedda, moderated by Peggy Coffeen, sponsored by Rise Leadership Circle and P’ri CBD
  • August: Farm Safety Mini-Series
    • “Silage Safety: Send Everyone Home Safe” presented by Connie Kuber, sponsored by Sealpro Silage Barrier Films
    • “People First for Healthy Agriculture: Managing Risk” presented by Megan Schossow, sponsored by Sealpro Silage Barrier Films
  • September: “Maternity and Colostrum Management – How Can We Deliver Healthier Calves and More Productive Cows?” presented by Leticia Sinedino, sponsored by Zoetis
  • October: “Making the Most of Year-End Tax Planning and Preparation” presented by Elizabeth Waldschmidt, sponsored by Farm Credit Systems
  • November: “Activity Monitoring 101” presented by Tara Bohnert, sponsored by Nedap
  • December: “Rethink and Rebuild your Goals, Habits and Productivity in One Hour” presented by Laura Daniels and Courtney Booth, sponsored by Hitch Pin, LLC and Booth Leadership, LLC


  • December: “Bold Leadership” presented by Laura Daniels
  • October: “Dairy Girl Network Looking Forward TogetHER” presented by Kristy Pagel, Laura Daniels and Amanda Borkowski
  • September: “Getting Employee Training Done – Online Training Options and Benefits” presented by Jennifer Fernandes Hanf, sponsored by milc group
  • August: “Milk to the Basics: Training Your Technicians by Finding Their WHY” presented by Jorge Delgado, sponsored by Alltech
  • July: “Earning Consumer Trust in Dairy: How is Trust Impacted by the Pandemic” presented by Amy te Plate-Church, sponsored by Look East
  • June: “Addressing Changing Market Conditions: Questions and Answers” presented by Mary Ledman
  • May Behavioral Health Focused Mini-Series:
    • “Mental Health First Aid in Agriculture and Addressing COVID-19” presented by Anne Chapman and Tramaine El-Amin
    • “A Better You for a Better Farm” presented by Emily Krekelberg
    • “Exploring Kids and Mental Health” presented by Monica Kramer-McConkey
  • April Webinars:
    • “Today is the New Normal: Shifting Mindset and Strategy in the Face of COVID-19” presented by Mike Lormore and Dr. Richard Wallace, sponsored by Zoetis
    • “Communications for Virtual Teams” presented by Laura Daniels, Amanda Borkowski and Andrea Brossard
    • “COVID-19: What’s Next for Dairy Policy” presented by Paul Bleiberg
  • March: “Cultural Diversity at the Dairy” presented by Elsie Gonzalez
  • February Calf Care Mini-Series, sponsored by Dr. Naylor:
    • “Disbudding and Pain Management” presented by Sarah Adcock
    • “Two Heads are Better Than One: Benefits of Pair or Group Rearing” presented by Dr. Jennifer Van Os
  • January: “Battling the Winter Blues” presented by Monica Kramer-McConkey