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Welcome to Episode 52 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast. In this episode, Iowa State University grain quality expert Dr. Charles Hurburgh shares his advice for farmers who will be handling crops damaged by Iowa’s derecho storm and drought. And Iowa Farm Bureau President Craig Hill shares the highlights from Iowa Farm Bureau’s recent Summer Policy Conference. Below are resources referred to in this episode:  Dr. Mark Licht (a cropping systems specialist for ISU Extension) offers farmers advice for managing crops damaged by Iowa’s derecho (Episode 50, The Spokesman Speaks podcast) Safety and stress management during the 2020 harvest (recorded webinar featuring University of Minnesota Extension expert Emily Krekelberg)

Sep 21

29 min

Welcome to Episode 51 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast. In this episode, Iowa DOT officer Sergeant Kevin Killpack talks about DOT’s rules and exceptions for farmers during the 2020 harvest. And Iowa farm celebrity Michelle Miller (known to her social media followers as “The Farm Babe”) shares how she welcomed Burger King executives to learn the truth about the sustainability of agriculture (after Burger King ran an ad mischaracterizing the environmental impact of cattle). Below are resources referred to in this episode: Iowa DOT's Truck Information Guide Contact information for a DOT officer in your area The Farm Babe website

Sep 7

29 min

Welcome to Episode 50 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast. This special episode features expert advice on managing crops that were damaged by Iowa's derecho storm on August 10. Dr. Mark Licht (a cropping systems specialist for Iowa State Extension) encourages farmers to start with their crop insurance agents and walks them through their management options. Below are resources referred to in this episode: Farming Community Disaster Exchange Farm stress management resources Iowa Farm Bureau donates $15,000 to the American Red Cross for derecho relief Watch for future derecho updates from the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, USDA and the Governor's office, as well as Iowa Farm Bureau's Spokesman publication and The Spokesman Speaks podcast.

Aug 28

21 min

Welcome to Episode 49 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast. In this episode, Ed Kordick (Iowa Farm Bureau's Farmer Education Program Manager) offers tips for marketing your corn and soybeans after harvest. Also, Rachel Cutrer (founder and owner of Ranch House Designs, Inc. and B.R. Cutrer, Inc.) shares how she built her own successful farm to table brand and how she's helping other farmers and ranchers do the same. Below are some resources referred to in this episode: IowaFarmBureau.com/2020CropMarketing (Ed Kordick's tips for post-harvest crop marketing) Iowa Commodity Challenge (market simulation) Farm to Table Boot Camp webinar (2-part series)

Aug 24

32 min

Welcome to Episode 48 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast, which is part 2 of a two-part series on water quality and conservation. See Episode 47 for part 1 of the series. 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. Iowa Farm Bureau's Conservation and Natural Resources Advisor (Rick Robinson) discusses a new report that illustrates Iowa's most recent water quality protection progress. And Mitchell Hora (an up-and-coming young Iowa farmer and ag entrepreneur) discusses conservation efforts that benefit soil health and water quality, while cutting costs and creating potential revenue opportunities.  Below are some of the resources referred to in this episode: Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy progress report Continuum Ag (Mitchell Hora's soil health consulting company) Field Work podcast

Aug 10

37 min

Welcome to Episode 47 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast. This is part one of a two-part series on water quality and conservation. 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. Below are some of the resources referred to in this episode: New water quality progress report from Iowa State, Iowa DNR, and Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship Listing of upcoming conservation field days in Iowa Information about a new manual with consensus recommendations (from ISU, USDA and other leading scientists and technical specialists) on managing your conservation practices Upcoming educational webinars for farmers

Jul 27

21 min

Welcome to Episode 46 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast. This episode is all about protecting your livestock farm, featuring expert advice from Indiana ag attorney Brianna Schroeder and Brian Waddingham (Executive Director of The Coalition to Support Iowa's Farmers). 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. To follow Brianna on social media or ask her a follow-up question, visit aglaw.us/brianna-schroeder To contact the Coalition to Support Iowa's Farmers, call 800-932-2436 or visit SupportFarmers.com. 

Jul 13

39 min

Welcome to Episode 45 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast. 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. Below are some of the resources referred to in this episode: Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), through USDA: Farmers.gov/CFAP U.S. Small Business Administration: SBA.gov Iowa Resource Coordination Center: IowaFarmerHelp.com, (515)725-1005 Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship: IowaAgriculture.gov

Jun 26

24 min

Welcome to Episode 44 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast. 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. Below are some of the resources referred to in this episode: Iowa Resource Coordination Center: IowaFarmerHelp.com, (515) 725-1005 USDA's Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP): Farmers.gov/CFAP ChrisNorton.org Free and confidential stress resources for farm families: IowaFarmBureau.com/FarmStress

Jun 15

25 min

Welcome to Episode 43 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast.  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.  Below are some of the resources referred to in this episode: Iowa Resource Coordination Center: (515)725-1005, IowaFarmerHelp.com IDALS Meat and Poultry Inspection Bureau: (515)281-3338 Basic flowchart on direct marketing rules for livestock USDA's Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP): Farmers.gov/CFAP

Jun 1

24 min

Welcome to Episode 42 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast, which is Part 3 of Iowa Farm Bureau's 3-part 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). Part 1 (released May 8) covers how to identify unhealthy stress and how to manage it. Part 2 (released May 13) covers how to make effective business decisions and communicate, despite stress. Part 3 (released May 18) covers how to manage stress as a family. For more free and confidential resources, including the Iowa Concern Hotline and the National Suicide Prevention Hotline, visit IowaFarmBureau.com/FarmStress.

May 18

30 min

Welcome to Episode 41 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast, which is Part 2 of Iowa Farm Bureau's 3-part 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). Part 1 (released May 8) covers how to identify unhealthy stress and how to manage it. Part 2 (released May 13) covers how to make effective business decisions and communicate, despite stress. Part 3 (to be released May 18) will cover how to manage stress as a family. For more free and confidential resources, including the Iowa Concern Hotline and the National Suicide Prevention Hotline, visit IowaFarmBureau.com/FarmStress.

May 13

15 min

Welcome to Episode 40 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast, which is Part 1 of Iowa Farm Bureau's 3-part 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). Part 1 (released May 8) covers how to identify unhealthy stress and how to manage it. Part 2 (to be released May 13) will cover how to make effective business decisions and communicate, despite stress. Part 3 (to be released May 18) will cover how to manage stress as a family. For more free and confidential resources, including the Iowa Concern Hotline and the National Suicide Prevention Hotline, visit IowaFarmBureau.com/FarmStress.

May 8

23 min

Welcome to Episode 39 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast. 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. President Hill discusses updates to the COVID-19 assistance for Iowa farmers and what he’s hearing as he conducts listening sessions with farmers in every region of the state. Dr. Thomson shares the vision and unique perspective he brings to ISU’s Department of Animal Science; what his department and others are doing to help livestock farmers through the COVID-19 crisis; insights into food supply chain disruptions; and an approach to working with food retailers on issues like animal care and sustainability.

May 4

38 min

Welcome to Episode 38 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast. 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.   Watch for our next regularly-scheduled episode of The Spokesman Speaks podcast on Monday, May 4.

Apr 27

23 min

Welcome to Episode 37 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast. Iowa Farm Bureau President Craig Hill discusses important COVID-19 relief for agriculture. Iowa Food Bank Association (IFBA) Executive Director Linda Gorkow talks about food banks’ urgent needs, and how a new $100,000 donation by Iowa Farm Bureau is making a difference. Visit IowaFBA.org to help IFBA, your regional food bank, or your local food pantry. Iowa State University (ISU) cover crops expert Dr. Mark Licht shares insights from a new manual with consensus recommendations (from ISU, USDA and other leading scientists and technical specialists) on managing your cover crops and other conservation practices. Click here (https://store.extension.iastate.edu/product/15823) to download the manual. ISU farm safety expert Dr. Chuck Schwab offers tips for a safe planting season (including tips pertaining to COVID-19 prevention).

Apr 20

48 min

Welcome to Episode 36 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast. 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. We also have a 2020 growing season weather forecast from ag climatologist Dr. Dennis Todey (Director of USDA’s Midwest Climate Hub). This episode also refers to free and confidential resources available to farm families who are coping with stress right now. Those resources are available here: https://www.iowafarmbureau.com/Stress-Mental-Health-Resources

Apr 6

40 min

Welcome to Episode 35 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast. 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. It also includes tips from Charlie Arnot (CEO of the Center for Food Integrity) on the best ways for farmers to respond to the challenge of imitation meat.   And the episode wraps up with four Iowa farmers' firsthand insights into Brazilian agriculture and infrastructure.

Mar 23

39 min

Welcome to Episode 34 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast. This episode is all about sustainability and agriculture’s shrinking environmental footprint. Dr. Jean Lonie of the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance dissects a 2019 report indicating that U.S. agriculture is on a trajectory to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by roughly 50% over the next five years. Here’s that report: https://usfarmersandranchers.org/usfra-2019-report/ Dr. Sara Place of Elanco shares the facts about greenhouse gas emissions from cattle and the essential nutrition we receive from meat. And Dr. Dan Loy of Iowa State University and the Iowa Beef Center explains how cattle “upcycle” human inedible products into high quality protein for humans.

Mar 9

32 min

Welcome to Episode 33 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast. 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.

Feb 24

25 min

Welcome to Episode 32 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast. This episode (hosted by Delaney Howell) provides livestock farmers tips for handling opposition to their operations. Hannah Thompson-Weeman (Vice President of Communications for the Animal Agriculture Alliance) offers her insights into how livestock farmers can build local trust proactively, and Story County farmer Eric Henry shares his first-hand experience handling local opposition and developing allies.

Feb 10

27 min

Welcome to Episode 31 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast. In this episode, USDA Foreign Agricultural Service Administrator Ken Isley and Iowa Farm Bureau Senior Economist Dr. Sam Funk analyze the United States' Phase 1 trade agreement with China.  Isley and Funk also discuss other recent trade agreements (USMCA and Japan) and potential future agreements.  

Jan 27

26 min

Welcome to Episode 30 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast. January 13 marks the beginning of Iowa’s 2020 legislative session, and this episode features a preview of Iowa Farm Bureau’s legislative priorities in 2020, along with an update (from Iowa DNR Water Quality Resource Coordinator Adam Schnieders) on the significant progress that’s being made on one evergreen priority: protecting and improving Iowa’s water quality.   This episode also includes a conversation with Iowa State University meat scientist Dr. Rodrigo Tarte, about imitation meat products and how they are being marketed.

Jan 13

33 min

Welcome to Episode 29 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast. This episode focuses on managing stress and overcoming adversity, topics that have become all-too-familiar in farm country. The episode features an interview with Chris Norton, a former Luther College football player who overcame a devastating spinal cord injury and inspired millions of people in the process. The episode also includes an interview with Dr. Larry Tranel, an Iowa State Extension dairy specialist, ordained minister and rural psychologist who offers practical tips for managing the stress that's mounting on farms around the country. If you need free, confidential assistance dealing with stress (available 24/7), Dr. Tranel recommends the Iowa Concern Hotline, which is 1-800-447-1985. The Iowa Concern website is https://www.extension.iastate.edu/iowaconcern/. 

Dec 2019

27 min

Welcome to Episode 28 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast. This episode features Governor Kim Reynolds’ speech at Iowa Farm Bureau’s 2019 Annual Meeting, regarding pending trade deals and biofuels. Also in this episode: crop expert Ken Ferrie gives tips for maximizing corn yields and cutting costs, and Iowa Farm Bureau’s Farm Business Development Manager, Amanda Van Steenwyk, shares advice for farmers who want to diversify their operations or pass the farm to the next generation. If you have questions for Amanda, you can reach her at avansteenwyk@ifbf.org.

Dec 2019

41 min

Welcome to Episode 27 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast. In this episode, Iowa Farm Bureau Senior Economist Dr. Sam Funk invites you to join Iowa Farm Bureau's Market Study Tour of Brazil. The episode also includes a discussion about Iowa farmland values with Iowa State University (ISU) professor Dr. Wendong Zhang and ISU professor Dr. Daniel Andersen's analysis of a recent study about how hog farmers are reducing odor from manure.

Dec 2019

25 min

Welcome to Episode 26 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast. In this episode, Iowa State University researcher Dr. Mike Castellano shares the results of a new study about the environmental benefits of updating Iowa's 100-year-old drainage system. The episode also includes a conversation with Shawn Richmond (Director of Environmental Technology with the Iowa Nutrient Research and Education Council) about the water quality progress he’s seeing in the research he’s conducting and observing.

Nov 2019

10 min

Welcome to Episode 25 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast. In this episode, Iowa FFA Executive Director Scott Johnson discusses FFA's recent growth (in Iowa and around the country) and how the organization has appealed to both rural and urban students (with new chapters popping up in places like Sioux City, Ames and Clear Lake).  The episode also includes snippets from our October 7 (Episode 23) interview with Farm Bureau Health Plan Vice President Steve Kammeyer. You can listen to Kammeyer's complete interview back in Episode 23 (https://www.iowafarmbureau.com/Article/Why-America-Needs-Farmers-ANF-the-economic-impact-of-ag-and-a-new-health-plan-thats-saving-Iowans-thousands-of-dollars-The-Spokesman-Speaks-Podcast-Episode-23) or visit https://www.iowafbhealthplan.com/ to learn about how some Iowans are saving thousands of dollars on their health coverage with the Farm Bureau Health Plan. 

Nov 2019

34 min

Welcome to Episode 24 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast. In this episode, we meet with two Virginia Tech researchers to discuss the 2019 Global Agricultural Productivity Report (also known as the GAP Report), which was released at the World Food Prize last week.  Are we on track to feed 10 billion people (the projected world population in the year 2050)? What role will meat and livestock play in sustainably feeding the world? Get the answers in this episode of The Spokesman Speaks!

Oct 2019

24 min

Welcome to Episode 23 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast. In this episode, we discuss the Farm Bureau Health Plan (a one-year-old comprehensive health plan that’s saving some Iowans thousands of dollars) and a new study quantifying the economic impact of Iowa agriculture. We also chat with Iowa Hawkeye greats Kirk Ferentz and Matt Kroul about the America Needs Farmers (ANF) cause, as we prepare to celebrate the ninth annual ANF Game Day, October 12 at Kinnick Stadium.

Oct 2019

30 min

Welcome to Episode 22 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast. In this episode, American Farm Bureau chief economist Dr. John Newton shares proof that agriculture's environmental footprint is shrinking, and representatives from Iowa Farm Bureau, the Iowa Association of Business and Industry, and the Greater Des Moines Partnership discuss the importance of the USMCA trade agreement on WHO Radio's The Big Show.

Sep 2019

31 min

Welcome to Episode 21 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast. In this episode, Dr. Andrew Hennenfent of the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) discusses efforts to prevent African Swine Fever from reaching Iowa; Farm Bureau’s environmental policy advisor Rick Robinson shares the latest on Iowa’s water quality progress; and Fareway’s Senior Vice President of Merchandising Mike McCormick talks about a brand new partnership between Fareway and the Iowa Farm Bureau to promote meat, milk, eggs, and Iowa’s livestock farmers.

Sep 2019

25 min

Is agriculture part of your school's curriculum? Would you like it to be? Welcome to Episode 20 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast. In this episode, Cindy Hall of the Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation, shares effective ways to work with teachers and incorporate agriculture into the classroom. The episode also includes a discussion with Carrie Padgett of RALI (Rx Abuse Leadership Initiative) about the warning signs of opioid abuse in the home. 

Aug 2019

25 min

Welcome to Episode 19 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast. In this episode, Dr. Dan Grooms, the new Dean of Iowa State University's College of Veterinary Medicine, talks about the shortage of rural veterinarians, preventing devastating diseases like African Swine Fever, and antibiotic use. The episode also includes an interview with Jarad Weber, a Lee County Farm Bureau member who was recently named the 2019 Iowa Conservation Farmer of the Year.

Aug 2019

31 min

Does Iowa really have too much manure, as livestock opponents claim? Or could the state actually use more manure to fertilize its crops? Welcome to Episode 18 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast. In this episode, Iowa State University's Dr. Daniel Andersen (aka "Dr. Manure") answers those questions and more. The episode also features an interview with ISU's Dr. Mark Licht, a cover crops expert with important tips and information for farmers who are considering planting cover crops this year. 

Jul 2019

36 min

Welcome to Episode 17 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast. In this episode, we chat with some of our speakers from the 2019 Farm Bureau Economic Summit. You'll hear about: Tips on prevented planting from Dr. Dennis Todey (USDA) How to successfully manage your operation financially as well as agriculturally from Jim Knuth (Farm Credit Services of America) Transparency in food production, blockchain, and tech trends in ag from Debra Bauler (Cargill) How to handle industrial hemp from Adam Ornawka (farmer from Canada) Crop insurance and risk management strategies from Dr. Art Barnaby (Kansas State University)

Jul 2019

37 min

Welcome to Episode 16 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast. In this episode, we learn about the Green Farmstead Partner Program, which has been helping many Iowa livestock farmers reduce their snow removal and energy costs, while improving the appearance and smell of their farms, over the past decade.

Jul 2019

21 min

Welcome to Episode 15 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast. In this episode, USDA senior economist Dr. Jan Lewandrowski shares the results on a new study he led on the greenhouse gas emissions of corn-based ethanol (compared to regular gasoline). Also in this episode, Dr. Sara Place (Senior Director of Sustainable Beef Production Research with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association) dispels myths about the environmental footprint of cattle in the U.S.

Jun 2019

32 min

Welcome to Episode 14 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast. In this episode, Iowa Farm Bureau's senior economist previews the learning opportunities for farmers at Iowa Farm Bureau's Economic Summit, June 28 in Des Moines, including sessions on blockchain technology, crop insurance, industrial hemp, trade, farm lending, and more. Also in this episode, we share how a group of eastern Iowa farmers helped revitalize aquatic life in Lime Creek.

Jun 2019

28 min

Welcome to Episode 13 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast. In this episode, the new Dean of Iowa State University's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) shares his vision for the future of the college, and Iowa Farm Bureau President Craig Hill talks about Farm Bureau's achievements during the 2019 legislative session. 

May 2019

34 min

Welcome to Episode 12 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast. In this episode, Iowa Farm Bureau's Dr. Sam Funk provides an update on planting and flooding conditions, and Iowa State University Extension's Dr. Charles Schwab offers tips for staying safe during a hectic spring season.

May 2019

27 min

Welcome to Episode 11 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast. In this Earth Day episode, we reveal the most extensive survey of Iowa's conservation progress and discuss laser technology that actually quantifies the conservation structures on Iowa's landscape.

Apr 2019

26 min

Welcome to Episode 10 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast. In this episode, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig and Iowa Farm Bureau President Craig Hill provide updates on flooding along the Missouri River and the assistance available to flood victims. The episode also features an interview with Charlie Arnot (CEO of the Center for Food Integrity) about a plan to help food companies reach their sustainability goals, while avoiding inaccurate and harmful claims about farming practices and technology.

Apr 2019

29 min

Welcome to Episode 9 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast. In this episode, nationally-recognized air quality expert Dr. Frank Mitloehner (an animal science professor at UC Davis) challenges misinformation about the environmental impact of livestock production and meat consumption. The episode also includes an important update on EPA's Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule.

Mar 2019

17 min

Welcome to Episode 8 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast. In this episode, you'll hear U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo share his thoughts on how America's farm belt is growing security and prosperity. Secretary Pompeo addressed a group of Farm Bureau members and agribusiness professionals at the World Food Prize building in Des Moines on March 4, 2019. Iowa Farm Bureau hosted the event.

Mar 2019

41 min

Welcome to Episode 7 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast. In this episode, we learn about a series of meetings Iowa farmers can attend to learn about their best risk management options through the new Farm Bill. You can learn more about those Farm Bill meetings here. This episode also includes the Chair of Iowa State University's Food Science and Human Nutrition Department, Dr. Ruth MacDonald, talking about imitation meat and milk and the CEO of MillerCoors talking about his company's response to Bud Light's Super Bowl ad attacking corn syrup.

Feb 2019

17 min

Welcome to Episode 6 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast. In this episode, we hear a grain market forecast from Iowa State University economist Dr. Chad Hart and discuss the consequences of GMO misconceptions with University of California, Davis researcher Dr. Alison Van Eenennaam.

Feb 2019

25 min

Welcome to Episode 5 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast. In this episode, we recap Iowa's achievements at the 100th American Farm Bureau Annual Convention in New Orleans. We also sit down with Nestle's VP of Sustainability and Responsible Sourcing to talk about the ways that farmers and food companies can work together on sustainability, and we speak with the North American Meat Institute's VP of Public Affairs about "fake meat."

Jan 2019

37 min

Welcome to Episode 4 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast. In this episode, Spokesman editor Dirck Steimel sits down with Iowa Farm Bureau’s Director of Government Relations to hear about Farm Bureau’s priority issues for the 2019 Iowa legislative session. Also, podcast host Laurie Johns interviews the CEOs of Fareway and the Iowa Restaurant Association about the trends they’re seeing in Iowa consumers’ meat purchasing and consumption habits.

Jan 2019

27 min

Welcome to episode 3 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast. Depression, anxiety, suicide - these are tough topics, but it's important that we talk about them, especially as farmers face the pressures of a downturned agricultural economy. In this episode, podcast host Laurie Johns sits down with Iowa farmer and psychologist Dr. Mike Rosmann to talk about ways farmers and their loved ones can recognize and respond to signs of stress in themselves and others. For more information on this topic, or to ask your own questions directly to Dr. Rosmann, be sure to tune into our free webinar with Dr. Rosmann on January 7, 2019. 

Dec 2018

16 min

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