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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.

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