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The Spokesman Speaks Podcast Since 1934, The Iowa Farm Bureau Spokesman has been Iowa’s leading agriculture news source, and today it is the largest circulation ag newspaper in Iowa. While The Spokesman newspaper is available exclusively to Iowa Farm Bureau members, The Spokesman Speaks podcast is available publicly, reaching farmers on-the-go with stories that matter to them.

The Spokesman Speaks Podcast

Since 1934, The Iowa Farm Bureau Spokesman has been Iowa’s leading agriculture news source, and today it is the largest circulation ag newspaper in Iowa. While The Spokesman newspaper is available exclusively to Iowa Farm Bureau members, The Spokesman Speaks podcast is available publicly, reaching farmers on-the-go with stories that matter to them.

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Managing farm stress in the midst of COVID-19 | The Spokesman Speaks Podcast, 3-Part Series

5/18/2020

Welcome to the 3-part Spokesman Speaks podcast series on managing farm stress in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, featuring Dr. Larry Tranel (a pastoral psychologist who has spent more than 30 years working with farm families).

Talking COVID-19, food supply chains, and food retailers with the new Chair of Iowa State’s Department of Animal Science (and the host of RFD-TV’s “Doc Talk” show), Dr. Dan Thomson | The Spokesman Speaks Podcast, Episode 39

5/4/2020

In this episode, we interview Iowa Farm Bureau President Craig Hill and the new Chair of Iowa State’s Department of Animal Science (and the host of RFD-TV’s “Doc Talk” show), Dr. Dan Thomson.

Senator Chuck Grassley shares his latest COVID-19 relief insights | The Spokesman Speaks Podcast, Episode 38

4/27/2020

This special episode features a one-on-one conversation with U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley (on April 27, 2020), regarding current and future COVID-19 relief through the federal government.

COVID-19 relief updates and new consensus advice for managing cover crops and other conservation practices | The Spokesman Speaks Podcast, Episode 37

4/20/2020

Experts discuss COVID-19 relief, a new manual with consensus recommendations for managing your conservation practices, and farm safety tips.

How agriculture is fighting coronavirus and a 2020 growing season weather forecast | The Spokesman Speaks Podcast, Episode 36

4/6/2020

This episode, hosted by Delaney Howell, features economists Dr. Sam Funk (Iowa Farm Bureau) and Dr. Chad Hart (Iowa State University) talking about the impact coronavirus is having on agriculture and what agriculture is doing to fight back.

Scaling up water quality practices with Iowa Secretary of Ag Mike Naig | The Spokesman Speaks Podcast, Episode 35

3/23/2020

This National Agriculture Week episode (hosted by Delaney Howell) features an interview with Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig on Iowa's water quality progress and the steps being taken to scale up water quality protection practices.

Agriculture’s on pace to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 50%, and cattle are the “original upcyclers” | The Spokesman Speaks Podcast, Episode 34

3/9/2020

This episode is all about sustainability and agriculture’s shrinking environmental footprint.

An opportunity for Iowa crop farmers to break even or profit in 2020 | The Spokesman Speaks Podcast, Episode 33

2/24/2020

This episode features a forecast from Iowa Farm Bureau Senior Economist Dr. Sam Funk, who sees signs that Iowa corn and soybean growers may be able to break even or secure profit opportunities in 2020. It also includes an interview with Brett Sciotto, the President and CEO of Aimpoint Research. Brett’s a former Army Intelligence Officer, and his company did an interesting study on the characteristics of farmers who are set up for long-term success.

Tips for handling livestock opposition | The Spokesman Speaks Podcast, Episode 32

2/10/2020

This episode (hosted by Delaney Howell) provides livestock farmers tips for handling opposition to their operations.

Experts analyze the new China trade agreement | The Spokesman Speaks Podcast, Episode 31

1/27/2020

In this episode, USDA Foreign Agricultural Service Administrator Ken Isley and Iowa Farm Bureau Senior Economist Dr. Sam Funk analyze the United States' Phase 1 trade agreement with China.

Iowa Farm Bureau's legislative priorities in 2020 | The Spokesman Speaks Podcast, Episode 30

1/13/2020

January 13 marks the beginning of Iowa’s 2020 legislative session, and this episode features a preview of Iowa Farm Bureau’s legislative priorities in 2020, along with an update (from Iowa DNR Water Quality Resource Coordinator Adam Schnieders) on the significant progress that’s being made on one evergreen priority: protecting and improving Iowa’s water quality.

Overcoming adversity: How Chris Norton learned to walk again after a devastating football injury and how it applies to your farm | The Spokesman Speaks Podcast, Episode 29

12/30/2019

This episode focuses on managing stress and overcoming adversity, topics that have become all-too-familiar in farm country. It features an interview with Chris Norton, a former Luther College football player who overcame a devastating spinal cord injury and inspired millions of people in the process. The episode also includes an interview with Dr. Larry Tranel, an Iowa State Extension dairy specialist, ordained minister and rural psychologist who offers practical tips for managing the stress that's mounting on farms around the country.

Gov. Reynolds discusses farm priorities; tips for maximizing corn yields and cutting costs; and steps to diversify your farm and prepare for the next generation | The Spokesman Speaks Podcast, Episode 28

12/16/2019

This episode features Governor Kim Reynolds’ speech at Iowa Farm Bureau’s 2019 Annual Meeting, regarding pending trade deals and biofuels. Also in this episode: crop expert Ken Ferrie gives tips for maximizing corn yields and cutting costs, and Iowa Farm Bureau’s Farm Business Development Manager, Amanda Van Steenwyk, shares advice for farmers who want to diversify their operations or pass the farm to the next generation.

Join us in Brazil, studying agricultural production and infrastructure | The Spokesman Speaks Podcast, Episode 27

12/2/2019

In this episode, Iowa Farm Bureau Senior Economist Dr. Sam Funk invites you to join Iowa Farm Bureau's Market Study Tour of Brazil.

Iowa State researcher reveals the environmental benefits of updating Iowa's drainage system | The Spokesman Speaks Podcast, Episode 26

11/18/2019

In this episode, Iowa State University researcher Dr. Mike Castellano shares the results of a new study about the environmental benefits of updating Iowa's 100-year-old drainage system.

Urban opportunity? Iowa FFA's Executive Director discusses how FFA is growing by appealing to both rural and urban students | The Spokesman Speaks Podcast, Episode 25

11/4/2019

In this episode, Iowa FFA Executive Director Scott Johnson discusses FFA's recent growth (in Iowa and around the country) and how the organization has appealed to both rural and urban students (with new chapters popping up in places like Sioux City, Ames and Clear Lake).

Are we on track to feed 10 billion people in 2050? What role will meat and livestock play? A new Virginia Tech study has the answers | The Spokesman Speaks Podcast, Episode 24

10/21/2019

In this episode, we meet with two Virginia Tech researchers to discuss the 2019 Global Agricultural Productivity Report (also known as the GAP Report), which was released at the World Food Prize last week.

Why America Needs Farmers (ANF), the economic impact of ag, and a new health plan that’s saving Iowans thousands of dollars: The Spokesman Speaks Podcast, Episode 23

10/7/2019

In this episode, we discuss the Farm Bureau Health Plan (a one-year-old comprehensive health plan that’s saving some Iowans thousands of dollars) and a new study quantifying the economic impact of Iowa agriculture. We also chat with Iowa Hawkeye greats Kirk Ferentz and Matt Kroul about the America Needs Farmers (ANF) cause, as we prepare to celebrate the ninth annual ANF Game Day, October 12 at Kinnick Stadium.

Proof of agriculture's shrinking environmental footprint + the case for USMCA: The Spokesman Speaks Podcast, Episode 22

9/23/2019

In this episode, American Farm Bureau chief economist Dr. John Newton shares proof that agriculture's environmental footprint is shrinking, and representatives from Iowa Farm Bureau, the Iowa Association of Business and Industry, and the Greater Des Moines Partnership discuss the importance of the USMCA trade agreement on WHO Radio's The Big Show.

African Swine Fever, water quality progress, and partnering with Fareway to celebrate meat: The Spokesman Speaks Podcast, Episode 21

9/9/2019

African Swine Fever, water quality, and a celebration of livestock and Iowa-raised meat with Fareway. Listen in to episode 21 of The Spokesman Speaks Podcast.

Is agriculture being taught in your school? Help it happen | The Spokesman Speaks Podcast, Episode 20

8/26/2019

In this episode, Cindy Hall of the Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation, shares effective ways to work with teachers and incorporate agriculture into the classroom. The episode also includes a discussion with Carrie Padgett of RALI (Rx Abuse Leadership Initiative) about the warning signs of opioid abuse in the home.

New Dean of ISU's Veterinary College discusses rural vet shortage, African Swine Fever and antibiotics | The Spokesman Speaks Podcast, Episode 19

8/12/2019

In this episode, Dr. Dan Grooms, the new Dean of Iowa State University's College of Veterinary Medicine, talks about the shortage of rural veterinarians, preventing devastating diseases like African Swine Fever, and antibiotic use.

Does Iowa have too much livestock manure? The "scoop on poop" with Iowa State's "Dr. Manure": The Spokesman Speaks Podcast, Episode 18

7/29/2019

Does Iowa really have too much manure, as livestock opponents claim? Or could the state actually use more manure to fertilize its crops?

How you can protect your farm operation: debt reduction, food transparency, and more in our Economic Summit recap | The Spokesman Speaks Podcast, Episode 17

7/15/2019

Debt reduction, food transparency, crop insurance, hemp, and more. Whether you attended the Economic Summit or not, here's a little more from our speakers.

Smelling with your eyes: Build goodwill and save money on your livestock farm by planting trees | The Spokesman Speaks Podcast, Episode 16

7/1/2019

In this episode, we learn about the Green Farmstead Partner Program, which has been helping many Iowa livestock farmers reduce their snow removal and energy costs, while improving the appearance and smell of their farms, over the past decade.

Greenhouse gases: the truth about cows and ethanol | The Spokesman Speaks Podcast, Episode 15

6/17/2019

In this episode, USDA senior economist Dr. Jan Lewandrowski shares the results on a new study he led on the greenhouse gas emissions of corn-based ethanol (compared to regular gasoline). Also in this episode, Dr. Sara Place (Senior Director of Sustainable Beef Production Research with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association) dispels myths about the environmental footprint of cattle in the U.S.

Blockchain, hemp, crop insurance, and more learning opportunities at Farm Bureau's Economic Summit: The Spokesman Speaks Podcast, Episode 14

6/3/2019

In this episode, Iowa Farm Bureau's senior economist previews the learning opportunities for farmers at Farm Bureau's Economic Summit, June 28 in Des Moines, including sessions on blockchain technology, crop insurance, industrial hemp, trade, farm lending, and more.

New Dean of Iowa State's College of Agriculture shares his vision: The Spokesman Speaks Podcast, Episode 13

5/20/2019

In this episode, the new Dean of Iowa State University's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) shares his vision for the future of the college, and Iowa Farm Bureau President Craig Hill talks about Farm Bureau's achievements during the 2019 legislative session.

Planting conditions and safety tips: The Spokesman Speaks Podcast, Episode 12

5/6/2019

In this episode, Iowa Farm Bureau's Dr. Sam Funk provides an update on planting and flooding conditions, and Iowa State University Extension's Dr. Charles Schwab offers tips for staying safe during a hectic spring season.

Measuring Iowa's water quality progress: The Spokesman Speaks Podcast, Episode 11

4/22/2019

In this Earth Day episode, we reveal the most extensive survey of Iowa's conservation progress and discuss laser technology that actually quantifies the conservation structures on Iowa's landscape.

Helping food companies reach their sustainability goals: The Spokesman Speaks Podcast, Episode 10

4/8/2019

In this episode, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig and Iowa Farm Bureau President Craig Hill provide updates on flooding along the Missouri River and the assistance available to flood victims. The episode also features an interview with Charlie Arnot (CEO of the Center for Food Integrity) about a plan to help food companies reach their sustainability goals, while avoiding inaccurate and harmful claims about farming practices and technology.

Meatless diets and livestock – facts and fiction about the environmental impact: The Spokesman Speaks Podcast, Episode 9

3/25/2019

Welcome to Episode 9 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast. In this episode, nationally-recognized air quality expert Dr. Frank Mitloehner (an animal science professor at UC Davis) challenges misinformation about the environmental impact of livestock production and meat consumption. The episode also includes an important update on EPA's Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets with Iowa Farm Bureau members: The Spokesman Speaks Podcast, Episode 8

3/11/2019

In this episode, you'll hear U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo share his thoughts on how America's farm belt is growing security and prosperity. Secretary Pompeo addressed a group of Farm Bureau members and agribusiness professionals at the World Food Prize building in Des Moines on March 4, 2019. Iowa Farm Bureau hosted the event.

Choosing your best risk management options through the new Farm Bill: The Spokesman Speaks Podcast, Episode 7

2/25/2019

In this episode, we learn about a series of meetings Iowa farmers can attend to learn about their best risk management options through the new Farm Bill. This episode also includes the Chair of Iowa State University's Food Science and Human Nutrition Department, Dr. Ruth MacDonald, talking about imitation meat and milk and the CEO of MillerCoors talking about his company's response to Bud Light's Super Bowl ad attacking corn syrup.

Forecasting the grain markets and discussing GMO misconceptions: The Spokesman Speaks Podcast, Episode 6

2/11/2019

In this episode, we hear a grain market forecast from Iowa State University economist Dr. Chad Hart and discuss the consequences of GMO misconceptions with University of California, Davis researcher Dr. Alison Van Eenennaam.

Talking sustainability with Nestle and "fake meat" with the North American Meat Institute: The Spokesman Speaks Podcast, Episode 5

1/28/2019

In this episode, we recap Iowa's achievements at the 100th American Farm Bureau Annual Convention in New Orleans. We also sit down with Nestle's VP of Sustainability and Responsible Sourcing to talk about the ways that farmers and food companies can work together on sustainability, and we speak with the North American Meat Institute's VP of Public Affairs about "fake meat."

Legislative priorities and consumer meat trends: The Spokesman Speaks Podcast, Episode 4

1/15/2019

In this episode, Spokesman editor Dirck Steimel sits down with Iowa Farm Bureau’s Director of Government Relations to hear about Farm Bureau’s priority issues for the 2019 Iowa legislative session. Also, podcast host Laurie Johns interviews the CEOs of Fareway and the Iowa Restaurant Association about the trends they’re seeing in Iowa consumers’ meat purchasing and consumption habits.

Tips for managing farm stress from farmer/psychologist Dr. Mike Rosmann: The Spokesman Speaks Podcast, Episode 3

12/31/2018

Depression, anxiety, suicide - these are tough topics, but it's important that we talk about them, especially as farmers face the pressures of a downturned agricultural economy. In this episode, podcast host Laurie Johns sits down with Iowa farmer and psychologist Dr. Mike Rosmann to talk about ways farmers and their loved ones can recognize and respond to signs of stress in themselves and others.

NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson: From small Iowa farm to outer space | The Spokesman Speaks Podcast, Episode 2

12/17/2018

In this episode, we hear about China, Japan, Europe and other trade markets from the Trump administration’s Chief Agricultural Trade Negotiator, Ambassador Gregg Doud, and Paul Clayton of the U.S. Meat Export Federation. Also, podcast host Laurie Johns sits down with former NASA astronaut Dr. Peggy Whitson to talk about Whitson's inspiring journey from a small family farm in Ringgold County, Iowa to NASA and outer space - where she still holds multiple records, including most total days in space by an American.

Weathering a tough farm economy: The Spokesman Speaks Podcast, Episode 1

12/3/2018

Spokesman editor Dirck Steimel speaks with Iowa Farm Bureau’s chief economist (and Lucas County farmer) Dave Miller about handling cash flow issues in a tough economy. Podcast host Laurie Johns talks with Iowa Farm Bureau historian Tim Niess about what has helped Iowa Farm Bureau to thrive for 100 years.

Iowa Farm Bureau launches Spokesman podcast

11/26/2018

The Iowa Farm Bureau Spokes­­man, Iowa’s leading source for agriculture news, is launching a podcast on December 3.

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