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Conservation that (literally) pays off |The Spokesman Speaks Podcast, Episode 48

8/10/2020

In this episode, we discuss how Iowa's conservation efforts pay dividends, for water quality protection and soil health and by cutting costs and creating potential revenue opportunities.

Adding up Iowa's conservation and water quality protection progress | The Spokesman Speaks Podcast, Episode 47

7/27/2020

In this episode, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig quantifies the growing number of practices Iowa's farmers are using to protect soil and water quality. And Mark Jackson (a Mahaska County Farm Bureau member who was recently named Iowa's 2020 Conservation Farmer of the Year) shares his advice for farmers who are looking to scale up their conservation efforts.

How to protect your livestock farm and beef up security | The Spokesman Speaks Podcast, Episode 46

7/13/2020

Unfortunately, we're all familiar with stories about livestock farms that have been targeted by people and groups with bad intentions. Learn how to reduce your farm's risk of being targeted.

COVID-19 relief for farmers: what’s available now and what’s coming next? | The Spokesman Speaks Podcast, Episode 45

6/26/2020

In this episode, Iowa Farm Bureau’s senior economist (Dr. Sam Funk) walks through the COVID-19 assistance that’s currently available to farmers and Iowa Farm Bureau’s national policy advisor (Daniel Heady) discusses additional federal relief that could be available to farmers in the weeks to come.

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig discusses state COVID-19 relief, Chris Norton shares inspiration | The Spokesman Speaks Podcast, Episode 44

6/15/2020

In this episode, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig talks about state COVID-19 relief resources and Chris Norton (a former Luther College football player who experienced a paralyzing injury on the field and beat the odds to walk again) shares inspiration that we could all use right now.

Expert advice on your livestock marketing and processing options | The Spokesman Speaks Podcast, Episode 43

6/1/2020

In this episode, Dr. Kathryn Polking (Bureau Chief for Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship's Meat and Poultry Inspection Bureau) and Terry Kerns (co-owner of eastern Iowa's popular Edgewood Locker) help farmers navigate their best options for marketing and processing livestock during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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.

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