farm http://iowapublicradio.org en Chef Camp Teaches Basics of Food Production http://iowapublicradio.org/post/chef-camp-teaches-basics-food-production <p></p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Sean Powers 43014 at http://iowapublicradio.org Chef Camp Teaches Basics of Food Production Prairie Silence http://iowapublicradio.org/post/prairie-silence <p>Melanie Hoffert grew up on a farm in North Dakota.&nbsp; Like so many others, she left.&nbsp; But now she feels torn between the land and people she loves and the freedom to live an authentic life.&nbsp; Host Charity Nebbe talks with Hoffert about her memoir <em>Prairie Silence: A Rural Ex-Patriot's Journey to Reconcile, Home, Love and Faith.&nbsp; </em>In that book, she describes the month she returned to her family farm to help her father and brother during harvest.&nbsp; They also discuss what it was like to grow up as a gay woman in rural North Dakota.</p><p></p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 19:18:20 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Katherine Perkins 43013 at http://iowapublicradio.org Prairie Silence World Class Auctioneers Compete in Des Moines This Weekend http://iowapublicradio.org/post/world-class-auctioneers-compete-des-moines-weekend <p>If Russele Sleep wins this year’s World Livestock Auctioneering Championships, he says it would be a huge honor. “I used to go to markets with my dad and watch the auctioneers sell calves. I loved it… winning would be like getting my super bowl ring.”</p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 17:47:59 +0000 Lindsey Moon & Emily Woodbury 42537 at http://iowapublicradio.org World Class Auctioneers Compete in Des Moines This Weekend Farm Workers Far More Likely to Die of Suicide, Why? http://iowapublicradio.org/post/farm-workers-far-more-likely-die-suicide-why <p>In January of 2011 when Ginnie Peters retired from the Perry Public Library, she was looking forward to spending more time with her husband, Matt, but she never really got the chance. He<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;died of suicide in May of that year.&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(119, 119, 119); line-height: 16px;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5; background-color: transparent;">“One day he told me he had torment in his head, and then the next day he was gone," she says.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The two farmed 1500 acres between Perry and&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Panora</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Iowa for most of their lives.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Today, Peters blames the stress of planning for the future of her husband’s century farm for what happened.</span></p><blockquote><p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px;">“One day he told me he had torment in his head, and then the next day he was gone."</span></p><p></p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 18:06:20 +0000 Lindsey Moon & Charity Nebbe 42294 at http://iowapublicradio.org Farm Workers Far More Likely to Die of Suicide, Why? An Unexpected History of Carnivore America http://iowapublicradio.org/post/unexpected-history-carnivore-america-0 <p>The battle surrounding meat and livestock production ranks among the longest-waged and hardest fought in American history. Today on River to River, Ben Kieffer talks with historian and author, Maureen Ogle. Her new book is titled <em>In Meat We Trust</em>.</p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 16:43:36 +0000 Ben Kieffer 42284 at http://iowapublicradio.org An Unexpected History of Carnivore America An Annual $1 Billion Loss From Soil Erosion & What an Iowa Farmer is Doing About It http://iowapublicradio.org/post/annual-1-billion-loss-soil-erosion-what-iowa-farmer-doing-about-it <p>The spring planting season is upon us and farmers are racing to get crops in the ground.</p><p>So yesterday morning, host Ben Kieffer hopped aboard a tractor with Jim Sladek, of JCS Family Farms in Johnson County, to get his perspective on the start of a new season and the challenges he faces, including soil erosion. Jim also demonstrated the amazing amount of technology that can be used in farming today.</p> Thu, 08 May 2014 19:14:38 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Emily Woodbury 40331 at http://iowapublicradio.org An Annual $1 Billion Loss From Soil Erosion & What an Iowa Farmer is Doing About It News Buzz: All-Vet, Farm Fatalities, Drones http://iowapublicradio.org/post/news-buzz-all-vet-farm-fatalities-drones <p>Today on News Buzz Ben Stanton fills in as host.&nbsp; He tackles Iowa's All-Vet designation, farm accident fatalities and the use of drones in agriculture.</p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 18:45:34 +0000 Ben Stanton & Sarah Boden 37909 at http://iowapublicradio.org News Buzz: All-Vet, Farm Fatalities, Drones An Unexpected History of Carnivore America http://iowapublicradio.org/post/unexpected-history-carnivore-america <p>The battle surrounding meat and livestock production ranks among the longest-waged and hardest fought in American history. Today on River to River, Ben Kieffer talks with historian and author, Maureen Ogle. Her new book is titled <em>In Meat We Trust</em>.</p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 22:10:29 +0000 Ben Kieffer, Sarah Boden & Emily Woodbury 34653 at http://iowapublicradio.org An Unexpected History of Carnivore America Shrimp Harvest in Iowa http://iowapublicradio.org/post/shrimp-harvest-iowa <p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>A Cedar Falls man, his wife and brother have launched the state's second shrimp farm. Matt Weichers, his wife Jen and brother John Gielau are raising thousands of Pacific white shrimp in a warehouse near UNI. The building once housed the university's white rat lab used for behavioral research. Now it's filled with 30 blue "hot tubs" and thousands of the critters ready for sale this week.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 00:50:17 +0000 Pat Blank 33791 at http://iowapublicradio.org Shrimp Harvest in Iowa How Americans Eat with Tracie McMillan http://iowapublicradio.org/post/how-americans-eat-tracie-mcmillan <p>Recent movements addressing the obesity epidemic or industrial agriculture&#39;s dominance attempt to change how Americans eat.&nbsp; Tracie McMillan sets out to understand the American food system from the bottom-up in&nbsp; her book, <a href="http://traciemcmillan.com/books/american-way-of-eating/">&ldquo;The American Way of Eating: Undercover at WalMart, Applebees, Farm Fields and the Dinner Table.&rdquo;</a>&nbsp; Host Charity Nebbe asks McMillan where our food comes from and how we can eat healthier.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 15 Oct 2013 19:59:37 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Dennis Reese 30616 at http://iowapublicradio.org How Americans Eat with Tracie McMillan Women on the Farm: An Evolving Role http://iowapublicradio.org/post/women-farm-evolving-role <p>Women have worked in agriculture since agriculture began, but for many years they were limited to supporting roles. Talk of Iowa seeks out women's voices in agriculture, through history and today.&nbsp; Jenny Barker-Devine, author of <a href="http://www.uiowapress.org/books/2013-spring/behalf-family-farm.htm">"On Behalf of the Family Farm: Iowa Farm Women's Activism since 1945"</a> discusses how the roles of farm women changed during the 20th century. Mon, 13 May 2013 18:57:32 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Sarah Boden 20682 at http://iowapublicradio.org Women on the Farm: An Evolving Role My Farm Roots: Jan Phillips http://iowapublicradio.org/post/my-farm-roots-jan-phillips <p><em>This is the fourth installment of My Farm Roots, Harvest Public Media&rsquo;s series chronicling Americans&rsquo; connection to the land. </em><a href="http://www.harvestpublicmedia.org/myfarmroots"><em>Click here to explore more </em></a><a href="http://harvestpublicmedia.org/myfarmroots"><em>My Farm Roots</em></a><em> (</em><a href="http://www.harvestpublicmedia.org/myfarmroots"><em>http://www.harvestpublicmedia.org/myfarmroots</em></a><em>) stories and to share your own.</em></p> Wed, 01 Aug 2012 12:43:45 +0000 Camille Phillips 5567 at http://iowapublicradio.org My Farm Roots: Jan Phillips Dairy industry pushes for reform http://iowapublicradio.org/post/dairy-industry-pushes-reform <div class="article-body"><p>Many dairymen are calling the government price support system broken, but just how to fix it isn&#39;t clear.&nbsp;There&#39;s debate over how much the government should step in to help in tough times and as to what degree it should let the free market govern.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Tue, 27 Mar 2012 10:00:12 +0000 Jonathan Ahl & Kathleen Masterson 16 at http://iowapublicradio.org Dairy industry pushes for reform