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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.

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