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How to add edge-of-field conservation practices, like bioreactors and saturated buffers, to your farm | The Spokesman Speaks Podcast, Episode 79


In this episode, Iowa Farm Bureau Conservation and Natural Resources Policy Advisor Rick Robinson discusses the water quality progress that you might not be seeing or hearing in recent news coverage. And Shane Wulf (Edge of Field Coordinator for the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship) shares the assistance that’s available to help farmers implement edge-of-field conservation practices (like bioreactors and saturated buffers) on their farms.

Digging into cattle market transparency and a new, innovative crop marketing opportunity in northern Iowa | The Spokesman Speaks Podcast, Episode 78


In this episode, we dig into the crucial issue of cattle market transparency. We also receive a status update on the Shell Rock Soy Processing plant in northern Iowa – a project that combines rural economic development with the latest advancements in renewable energy technology and valued-added agriculture.

Strengthening and funding local meat lockers and processors | The Spokesman Speaks Podcast, Episode 77


In this episode, Representative Chad Ingels discusses a recently-signed state bill that provides support for new and existing meat lockers, as well as the workforce needed to make those lockers successful.

Look before you leap into carbon credit programs | The Spokesman Speaks Podcast, Episode 76


In this episode, you'll hear some basics about private-sector sustainability markets for farmers.

A “blitz” of new water quality protection practices is coming to Iowa | The Spokesman Speaks Podcast, Episode 75


This episode features two key players in a new, collaborative water quality "blitz" project that's adding 51 saturated buffers and bioreactors to the central Iowa landscape over the next year: Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig and Hardin County farmer (and Farm Bureau leader) Jacob Handsaker, who also runs the excavating company that's constructing these conservation practices.

Senator Chuck Grassley discusses estate tax threats, carbon proposals and a biofuels outlook | The Spokesman Speaks Podcast, Episode 74


This special episode features a one-on-one conversation with U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley (on May 24, 2021), regarding harmful estate tax proposals, proposed carbon/climate change policies, and an outlook for biofuels.

New first-in-the-nation service offers Iowa farm families free, ongoing counseling from experts | The Spokesman Speaks Podcast, Episode 73


In this episode, we introduce the Iowa Farm Family Wellness Alliance, a new first-in-the-nation service (created by Farm Foundation and Iowa State Extension) that provides Iowa’s farm families with free, ongoing wellness coaching and counseling, from experts. Shari Rogge-Fidler (President and CEO of Farm Foundation) joins us to discuss the alliance and how it is designed to serve the unique needs of farm families.

How a farmer and an ag marketer created an online marketplace dubbed “the Etsy of meat” | The Spokesman Speaks Podcast, Episode 72


Hear how ChopLocal co-founders Jared Achen and Katie Olthoff started their business in response to COVID-19 disruptions and an ongoing farm-to-table renaissance.

You’re standing on the key to higher yields | The Spokesman Speaks Podcast, Episode 71


In this episode, Elyssa McFarland of the Soil Health Partnership offers tips for improving your soil’s health – to benefit the environment and your farm’s bottom line. And Barb Ristau of the Iowa Farmers Market Association shares the unique value that Iowa’s farmers markets contribute to their local communities.

New findings on agriculture’s water quality protection and greenhouse gas emissions progress | The Spokesman Speaks Podcast, Episode 70


In this episode, Shawn Richmond of the Iowa Nutrient Research and Education Council (INREC) reports the latest data on Iowa farmers’ efforts to conserve soil and protect water quality. And American Farm Bureau economists Dr. John Newton and Shelby Myers share how farmers are reducing greenhouse gas emissions (as well as the potential economic incentives).