pigs http://iowapublicradio.org en The "Iowa Swabian Hall” Pig & Iowa's Edible Beans http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowa-swabian-hall-pig-iowas-edible-beans <p>When he was a kid, Carl Blake II raised pigs for Iowa county fairs. But now as a farmer in his 40s, Blake thought pork should taste better. So he bred his own pig, based on a 19th century German hog.&nbsp; He says this odd-looking, fatty porcine is so tasty that it melts in your mouth. We’ll find out how the Iowa Swabian Hall is now the favorite of some of America’s top chefs.&nbsp; Also, we hear about the one Iowa farmer growing edible dry beans. Jason Grimm of Grimm Family Farms in Iowa County is having great success with his Black Turtle beans.</p><p></p> Tue, 19 Mar 2013 20:16:08 +0000 Dennis Reese 17888 at http://iowapublicradio.org The "Iowa Swabian Hall” Pig & Iowa's Edible Beans Hog farmers worry as more consumers demand phaseout of gestation stalls http://iowapublicradio.org/post/hog-farmers-worry-more-consumers-demand-phaseout-gestation-stalls <p>North America&rsquo;s largest food distributor, Sysco, is the latest company to announce it will phase out pork produced with a controversial technology known as gestation crates. A growing number of consumers say they want more humanely produced meat on their plates, but many farmers worry they&rsquo;ll be left picking up the tab.</p><p>Craig Rowles grew up on an Iowa farm, and like a lot of farm kids, he&rsquo;s done his share of heavy lifting.</p> Mon, 06 Aug 2012 12:43:06 +0000 Sarah McCammon 5822 at http://iowapublicradio.org Hog farmers worry as more consumers demand phaseout of gestation stalls