farming http://iowapublicradio.org en Farmers carry mixed feelings over wind energy transmission line http://iowapublicradio.org/post/farmers-carry-mixed-feelings-over-wind-energy-transmission-line-0 <p>One of the companies banking on Iowa’s wind energy industry is Clean Line Energy Partners, a Houston-based operation with plans to build <a href="http://www.cleanlineenergy.com/projects">five large-scale high voltage transmission</a> lines in the country. As Iowa Public Radio’s&nbsp;Durrie&nbsp;Bouscaren&nbsp;reports, one of those lines would traverse Iowa, and it starts in the northwest corner of the state.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 10:01:00 +0000 Durrie Bouscaren 30848 at http://iowapublicradio.org Farmers carry mixed feelings over wind energy transmission line Feeding the World http://iowapublicradio.org/post/feeding-world <p>Today is <a href="http://www.worldfooddayusa.org/">World Food Day</a>.&nbsp; Observed every year since 1981, it focuses on the problem of hunger around the globe.&nbsp; Also, this week is the <a href="http://www.worldfoodprize.org/">World Food Prize Symposium</a> in Des Moines and some of the most innovative thinkers in the fight against hunger have come to Iowa.</p> Wed, 16 Oct 2013 20:16:21 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Sarah Boden 30677 at http://iowapublicradio.org Feeding the World 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 The Farm Progress Show and The Nixon Tapes http://iowapublicradio.org/post/farm-progress-show-and-nixons-tapes <div id="content"><div class="chat in"><div class="msg 1st">Host Ben Kieffer discusses this year's <a href="http://farmprogressshow.com/">Farm Progress Show</a> with Harvest Public Media reporter <a href="http://harvestpublicmedia.org/author/1667">Bill Wheelhouse</a>, Iowa State University Professor horticulturalist <a href="http://www.hort.iastate.edu/directory/delate">Kathleen Delate</a> and organic farmer<a href="http://farmhack.net/users/grantschultz"> Grant Schultz</a>.</div><div class="msg 1st">&nbsp;</div><div class="msg 1st">&nbsp;</div><div class="msg 1st">&nbsp;</div><div class="msg Thu, 29 Aug 2013 19:27:18 +0000 Ben Kieffer, Ben Stanton & Sarah Boden 28296 at http://iowapublicradio.org The Farm Progress Show and The Nixon Tapes The Farm Crisis http://iowapublicradio.org/post/farm-crisis <p>The farm crisis of the 1980s meant high interest rates; it’s estimated that farmland values dropped nearly 60 percent in some areas of the Midwest during the early '80s.&nbsp; But it was not just an economic disaster. &nbsp;A new documentary also tries to capture the personal stories. Guest host Ben Stanton talks with the producer of "The Farm Crisis"&nbsp;Laurel Bower Burgmaier. &nbsp;Later in the show is an update to the flood-related weather outlook for Iowa, and hear about NPR's programing changes now in effect and how they will affect Iowa Public Radio.</p><p></p> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 21:05:16 +0000 Ben Stanton & Sarah Boden 23189 at http://iowapublicradio.org The Farm Crisis What's Happening at Iowa Farmers' Markets http://iowapublicradio.org/post/whats-happening-iowa-farmers-markets <p>Many farmers' markets in Iowa have grown over the last couple decades. &nbsp;Host Charity Nebbe&nbsp;talks with market directors from around the state to hear about why that has happened. &nbsp;She hears from Director of the Downtown Farmers' Market in Des Moines Kelly Foss, Cedar Falls&nbsp;Farmers' Market Master Joe Bohr, and Washington Farmers' Market Master Bob Shepherd. Wed, 05 Jun 2013 19:54:36 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Ben Stanton 21958 at http://iowapublicradio.org What's Happening at Iowa Farmers' Markets Preserving Iowa's Soil After Flooding http://iowapublicradio.org/post/preserving-iowas-soil-after-flooding <p>After two major flooding events for Iowa in 1993 and 2008, and a number of significant flooding events in-between, Iowans need to ask hard questions about how we have altered our environment.</p><p>Today on "Talk of Iowa" we talk about agricultural and urban flooding. We'll take a look at changes we've made to our landscape that has made it more prone to flooding.&nbsp; We'll also discuss both the damage flooding can cause, and some innovative ways farmers, homeowners and city planners can prevent flooding or at least minimize the damage it can cause.</p> Thu, 25 Apr 2013 20:54:55 +0000 Charity Nebbe 19781 at http://iowapublicradio.org Preserving Iowa's Soil After Flooding Johnson County Hog Farming and CAFOs http://iowapublicradio.org/post/johnson-county-hog-farming-and-cafos <p>How do you stop plans for a new housing subdivision near your property? Well, how about starting a hog operation right next to it? That's exactly what some residents north of Iowa City are doing.&nbsp; Today on "River to River" we'll hear from both sides of the feud.</p><p>We'll also visit a hog confinement to find out where your bacon comes from.&nbsp; We'll also hear pro and con voices concerning concentrated animal feeding operations, known as CAFOs.</p><p></p> Tue, 16 Apr 2013 19:00:02 +0000 Ben Kieffer 19306 at http://iowapublicradio.org Johnson County Hog Farming and CAFOs Midwest Farmer's Daughter http://iowapublicradio.org/post/midwest-farmers-daughter-0 <p>"Talk of Iowa" explores the roles of women on the farm in history, literature, popular culture and the present.&nbsp; We talk with <a href="http://www.zacharyjack.org/?page_id=39">Zachary Michael Jack</a>, author of <a href="http://www.thepress.purdue.edu/titles/midwest-farmers-daughter-search-american-icon">"The Midwest Farmer's Daughter: In Search of an American Icon."</a> Also joining the conversation, Cheryl Tevis of <a href="http://www.iowawomeninag.org/">Iowa Women In Agriculture</a>, and <a href="http://www.wfan.org/Denise_OBrien.html">Denise O'Brien,</a> founder of the <a href="http Mon, 15 Apr 2013 16:42:23 +0000 Charity Nebbe 19236 at http://iowapublicradio.org Midwest Farmer's Daughter A Study on Crop Rotation http://iowapublicradio.org/post/study-crop-rotation <p><span style="line-height: 115%; font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10pt; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri; mso-fareast-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;">A lot of Iowa farmers use a two-year rotation of corn one year and soybeans the next. But what if a longer rotation could yield better crops and was good for the soil? Wed, 31 Oct 2012 16:27:23 +0000 Charity Nebbe 10070 at http://iowapublicradio.org A Study on Crop Rotation Roundup resistance leading to more chemicals, study finds http://iowapublicradio.org/post/roundup-resistance-leading-more-chemicals-study-finds <p></p><p>Farmers and weeds are in a constant competition. When the herbicide called Roundup came along, farmers got a clear edge. But now weeds are beginning to catch up. Grant Gerlock of Harvest Public Media has more on how Roundup-resistant weeds are changing the game.</p> Wed, 17 Oct 2012 12:25:21 +0000 Grant Gerlock/Harvest Public Media 9498 at http://iowapublicradio.org Roundup resistance leading to more chemicals, study finds Cover Crops Use Expanding http://iowapublicradio.org/post/cover-crops-use-expanding <p></p><p>While many farmers were bringing in this year’s harvest, they also were planting. &nbsp;Cover crops—like oats and winter rye—are becoming more popular, despite the time and expense involved in growing green fields that won’t ever make money—directly.&nbsp; Together with Harvest Public Media, Iowa Public Radio’s Amy Mayer explains why.</p> Fri, 12 Oct 2012 19:18:59 +0000 Amy Mayer 9318 at http://iowapublicradio.org Cover Crops Use Expanding Romney Focuses on Farm Policy in Van Meter http://iowapublicradio.org/post/romney-focuses-farm-policy-van-meter <p></p><p>Still riding high off as many saw it, his first presidential debate win, Governor Mitt Romney focused on agriculture policy in a campaign stop at a farm near Van Meter Tuesday. While Romney focused primarily on farm policy, Iowa Public Radio’s Clay Masters reports the Republican presidential candidate also got a little personal.</p><p>Flanked by a John Deere tractor sporting the Romney/Ryan campaign’s trademark red, white and blue “R,” Mitt Romney addressed 1200 people on a corn field in windy northern Madison County.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 10 Oct 2012 04:21:06 +0000 Clay Masters 9152 at http://iowapublicradio.org Romney Focuses on Farm Policy in Van Meter My Farm Roots: Nathan Dorn http://iowapublicradio.org/post/my-farm-roots-nathan-dorn <p>Down a stretch of rural highway and country roads lined with fields, about an hour south of Lincoln, Neb., lies the Dorn family farm. That’s where Nathan Dorn grew up, where his grandfather farmed before him and where his father, uncles and cousin now farm beside him.</p><p>Dorn’s strong ties to the land made the decision to continue the family tradition of farming an easy one. But it also leaves him feeling misunderstood by the average American.</p> Wed, 26 Sep 2012 12:00:59 +0000 Camille Phillips 8532 at http://iowapublicradio.org My Farm Roots: Nathan Dorn My Farm Roots:Rose Alderson http://iowapublicradio.org/post/my-farm-rootsrose-alderson <p><em>This is the tenth installment of My Farm Roots, Harvest Public Media’s series chronicling Americans’ connections to the land. </em><u><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></u><em> stories and to share your own.</em></p> Wed, 12 Sep 2012 12:22:30 +0000 Frank Morris 7844 at http://iowapublicradio.org My Farm Roots:Rose Alderson My Farm Roots: Brandon Fahrmeier http://iowapublicradio.org/post/my-farm-roots-brandon-fahrmeier <p><em>This is the ninth installment of My Farm Roots, Harvest Public Media’s series chronicling Americans’ 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>stories and to share your own.</em></p><p>Brandon Fahrmeier had a nice job as a sales rep in Ohio for a large company. He and his wife had a nice suburban home. Then they had kids. &nbsp;</p> Wed, 05 Sep 2012 11:57:48 +0000 Jeremy Bernfeld 7443 at http://iowapublicradio.org My Farm Roots: Brandon Fahrmeier My Farm Roots: Barb and Lynn Handy http://iowapublicradio.org/post/my-farm-roots-barb-and-lynn-handy <p><em>This is the seventh installment of My Farm Roots, Harvest Public Media’s series chronicling Americans’ connection to the land.<a href="http://harvestpublicmedia.org/myfarmroots"> </a><a href="http://www.harvestpublicmedia.org/myfarmroots"><u>Click here to explore more </u></a><u><a href="http://harvestpublicmedia.org/myfarmroots">My Farm Roots</a></u> stories and to share your own.</em></p> Wed, 29 Aug 2012 10:52:27 +0000 Camille Phillips 7103 at http://iowapublicradio.org My Farm Roots: Barb and Lynn Handy My Farm Roots: Nolan Strawder http://iowapublicradio.org/post/my-farm-roots-nolan-strawder <p><em>This is the fifth 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> stories and to share your own.</em></p><p>When a guy is a mechanical engineer at a nuclear power plant, you figure he puts in a pretty good day of work.</p> Wed, 08 Aug 2012 12:16:55 +0000 Peggy Lowe 5909 at http://iowapublicradio.org My Farm Roots: Nolan Strawder 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 Hoop Barns Protect Cattle From Heat http://iowapublicradio.org/post/hoop-barns-protect-cattle-heat <div class="article-body"><p>Crops are not the only things wilting in the sweltering summer of 2012; cattle, the largest animals, on the farm are also under stress.</p><p>Some cattle producers are protecting their herds by putting them hoop barns, which are gaining acceptance across the Midwest. The simple structures are made from stretching fabric over strong metal arches, or hoops, providing vital shade and protection from rain, snow or sun.</p><p>Tanner Rowe, a cattle producer near Dallas Canter, Iowa, has found hoop barns can give cattle a much-needed break from sweltering heat.</p> Fri, 20 Jul 2012 12:38:33 +0000 Rick Fredericksen 4994 at http://iowapublicradio.org Hoop Barns Protect Cattle From Heat Drought sinks teeth into Iowa cities http://iowapublicradio.org/post/drought-sinks-teeth-iowa-cities <p>With drought conditions now gripping more than half the country, many farmers in Iowa are waiting to see if they&rsquo;ll even have much of a crop to harvest. While farm country feels the brunt of the drought, those in the city are also being hit. Iowa Public Radio&rsquo;s Clay Masters reports.</p> Wed, 18 Jul 2012 22:54:34 +0000 Clay Masters 4907 at http://iowapublicradio.org Drought sinks teeth into Iowa cities Drought hurts grain farmers, but hits livestock producers hardest http://iowapublicradio.org/post/drought-hurts-grain-farmers-hits-livestock-producers-hardest <p>It&rsquo;s official: Iowa is deep in the throes of a drought. State climatologist Harry Hillaker is calling it the worst drought since 1988. Yesterday Hillaker joined Governor Branstad at a town hall in Mount Pleasant. Farmers from across the state came to share concerns&mdash;but the most worried? It wasn&rsquo;t those with thirsty grain crops;&nbsp; it was livestock farmers.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 18 Jul 2012 11:22:57 +0000 Sandhya Dirks 4862 at http://iowapublicradio.org Drought hurts grain farmers, but hits livestock producers hardest My Farm Roots: Nan Gardiner http://iowapublicradio.org/post/my-farm-roots-nan-gardiner <p><em>This is the second installment of My Farm Roots, Harvest Public Media&rsquo;s new series chronicling Americans&rsquo; connection to the land. </em><a href="http://harvestpublicmedia.org/myfarmroots"><em>Click here </em></a><em>(</em>http://harvestpublicmedia.org/myfarmroots<em>)to explore more </em><a href="http://harvestpublicmedia.org/myfarmroots"><em>My Farm </em></a><a href="http://harvestpublicmedia.org/myfarmroots"><em>Roots</em></a><em>stories</em><em> and to share your own.</em></p><p>It&rsquo;s not every day that a trip to the drug store can change your destiny.</p> Wed, 18 Jul 2012 11:02:38 +0000 Peggy Lowe 4861 at http://iowapublicradio.org My Farm Roots: Nan Gardiner Bridging the Gap Between Rural, Urban Ag http://iowapublicradio.org/post/bridging-gap-between-rural-urban-ag-0 <p>In the Iowa Statehouse, and in statehouses across the nation, representatives are finding themselves separated&mdash;not by party lines, but by whether they come from an urban or rural district.&nbsp; This weekend, the first national Urban Ag Academy was held in Des Moines. The goal? To look at that divide and to give a voice to minority farmers.</p> Mon, 16 Jul 2012 12:43:53 +0000 Clare Roth 4751 at http://iowapublicradio.org Bridging the Gap Between Rural, Urban Ag Bridging the Gap Between Rural, Urban Ag http://iowapublicradio.org/post/bridging-gap-between-rural-urban-ag <p>In the Iowa Statehouse, and in statehouses across the nation, representatives are finding themselves separated&mdash;not by party lines, but by whether they come from an urban or rural district.&nbsp; This weekend, the first Urban Ag Academy was held in Des Moines. The goal? To look at that divide and to give a voice to minority farmers. More than sixty state representatives from across the country came together to in an effort to help bridge the divide between city and country.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 16 Jul 2012 12:43:45 +0000 Clare Roth 4750 at http://iowapublicradio.org Bridging the Gap Between Rural, Urban Ag My Farm Roots: Kate Edwards http://iowapublicradio.org/post/my-farm-roots-kate-edwards <p><em>This is the first installment of My Farm Roots, Harvest Public Media&rsquo;s new series chronicling Americans&rsquo; connection to the land. Click here (</em><a href="http://harvestpublicmedia.org/myfarmroots"><em>http://harvestpublicmedia.org/myfarmroots</em></a><em>) to explore more My Farm Roots stories and to share your own.</em></p><p></p><p>Kate Edwards hasn&rsquo;t always been a farmer. No, she came back to the farm after college, grad school and a stint as an environmental engineer.</p> Wed, 11 Jul 2012 11:38:56 +0000 Jeremy Bernfeld 4508 at http://iowapublicradio.org My Farm Roots: Kate Edwards Farmers question farm bill restrictions http://iowapublicradio.org/post/farmers-question-farm-bill-restrictions <p></p><p>Next week the farm bill makes its way to the House. That&rsquo;s the big piece of legislation that sets food and agriculture policy for the next 5 years. How does this impact the average Iowan that isn&rsquo;t on the farm?&nbsp; Iowa State Agriculture economist Bruce Babcock says for the most part it doesn&rsquo;t&hellip; except for one thing.&nbsp;</p><p>&quot;Are the taxpayer dollars being well spent subsidizing really well managed farms, very smart farmers and very wealthy farmers?&quot; he said.</p> Thu, 05 Jul 2012 06:10:13 +0000 Clay Masters 4227 at http://iowapublicradio.org Farmers question farm bill restrictions Water Control Fight Continues Along Missouri River Part 2 http://iowapublicradio.org/post/water-control-fight-continues-along-missouri-river-part-2 <p>The mighty Missouri River flows through 7 states and drains one-sixth of the water in the United States.&nbsp; It&rsquo;s a powerful force that gives life to the land.&nbsp; But last year&rsquo;s flood that lasted over 110 days has people talking&hellip; and fighting for the future. Here&rsquo;s Iowa Public Radio&rsquo;s Clay Masters, with part two of our special report.</p> Fri, 22 Jun 2012 03:50:32 +0000 Clay Masters 3584 at http://iowapublicradio.org Water Control Fight Continues Along Missouri River Part 2 Water Control Fight Continues Along Missouri River http://iowapublicradio.org/post/water-control-fight-continues-along-missouri-river <p>The floodwaters that ravaged homes, businesses and farms along a vast stretch of the Missouri River last year are not a distant memory. And as the difficult cleanup and recovery continues, concerns have intensified between those who want there to be more control of this river, and those who believe it should flow freely. In part one of a two-part report, Iowa Public Radio&rsquo;s Clay Masters finds that common ground has yet to find traction.</p> Thu, 21 Jun 2012 05:16:09 +0000 Clay Masters 3524 at http://iowapublicradio.org Water Control Fight Continues Along Missouri River Calm before the Corn http://iowapublicradio.org/post/calm-corn <p>Corn has been good to farmers. Helping fuel a boom in the ag sector. And as this year&rsquo;s record corn forecast indicates, Midwestern farmers can&rsquo;t seem to plant enough of the grain. Even with concerns growing about the effectiveness of today&rsquo;s high-tech genetically engineered seeds, farmers aren&rsquo;t backing down.</p><p>The land is dry and the wind blows hard in Sac County, Iowa.&nbsp; For Darwin Bettin&nbsp;it&rsquo;s a good day to be inside selling insurance. He also farms 500 acres of corn and soybeans in western Iowa.</p> Tue, 29 May 2012 06:00:00 +0000 Clay Masters 2297 at http://iowapublicradio.org Calm before the Corn