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Since 1934, The Iowa Farm Bureau Spokesman has been Iowa’s leading agriculture news source, and today it is the largest circulation ag newspaper in Iowa. While The Spokesman newspaper is available exclusively to Iowa Farm Bureau members, The Spokesman Speaks podcast is available publicly, reaching farmers on-the-go with stories that matter to them.

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


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


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


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


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


Experts discuss COVID-19 relief, a new manual with consensus recommendations for managing your conservation practices, and farm safety tips.

How agriculture is fighting coronavirus and a 2020 growing season weather forecast | The Spokesman Speaks Podcast, Episode 36


This episode, hosted by Delaney Howell, features economists Dr. Sam Funk (Iowa Farm Bureau) and Dr. Chad Hart (Iowa State University) talking about the impact coronavirus is having on agriculture and what agriculture is doing to fight back.

Scaling up water quality practices with Iowa Secretary of Ag Mike Naig | The Spokesman Speaks Podcast, Episode 35


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


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


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


This episode (hosted by Delaney Howell) provides livestock farmers tips for handling opposition to their operations.