I was raised on a farm and ranch in Idaho and competed in bareback bronc riding for nine years. I earned my bachelors from the University of Idaho and my doctorate in sociocultural anthropology from Rice University. There, I researched the ethical lives of contemporary US pastoralists. I now serve as the Director of the National Farm Medicine Center and am a tenured Research Scientist at the Marshfield Clinic Research Institute. My work applies anthropological thought and research to agricultural health and safety as well as rural health more generally. These projects include investigating the attitudes of new farmers towards children’s safety, training rural firefighters in farm hazard analysis, describing the health benefits of the diverse and rich biomes that exist on farms, and characterizing the ever-changing approaches to rural research.