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


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.

Market volatility, trade uncertainty, risk management and new opportunities top discussion at Iowa Farm Bureau Economic Summit


More than 200 farmers gathered in downtown Des Moines for Iowa Farm Bureau’s Economic Summit to gain valuable market insight and opportunities to manage risk and find profit opportunities as farmers struggle through the sixth year of a downturned ag economy.

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


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.

The scoop on poop: how Iowa farmers manage manure responsibly


I found it lurking behind the air conditioner in our back yard; was it evidence that the wayward cougar spotted weeks ago in Des Moines was still around?

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


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.

Iowa Farm Bureau Economic Summit taps into possible industrial hemp opportunities in Iowa


Growing up to 40 acres of industrial hemp will be legal in Iowa, pending regulations

If you care about natural, then choose real meat and dairy


If you’re like me, and you’re short on time but want to fuel your body with healthy foods, then keep your meals and snacks simple. Focus on adding more whole foods – like lean beef, eggs and milk – in your diet and fewer ultraprocessed foods.

Rain doesn’t dampen tenacity of rural Iowans


Farmers have been overcome by flooding and ongoing rains, and with one in five jobs tied to agriculture in the state, other businesses are feeling the impact, too. Hamburg, in particular, has been hammered. Heavy rains in Iowa and Nebraska once again threaten the small town, as the Missouri and Nishnabotna continue to rise.

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


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.

Iowa Farm Bureau responds to new E15 year-round rule


IFBF believes opening the market for E15 year-round is just one more way agriculture grows opportunities for all Iowans