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Since 1934, The Iowa Farm Bureau Spokesman has been Iowa’s leading agriculture news source, and today it has the largest readership of any ag newspaper in Iowa. While The Spokesman newspaper is available exclusively to Iowa Farm Bureau members, The Spokesman Speaks podcast is available publicly, providing the ag news and farmer education that matter most.

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Navigating ag market drivers and national policy priorities

Welcome to Episode 154 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast. In this episode, American Farm Bureau economist Betty Resnick sheds light on key market drivers, obstacles in trade, and exciting opportunities for renewable fuels. Then Iowa Farm Bureau President Brent Johnson joins the conversation to preview some potential national policy breakthroughs in 2024!   Resources mentioned in this episode: Register for Iowa Farm Bureau’s Acres of Opportunity Conference today. Learn more about online tools and services through the Farm Family Wellness Alliance.

February 12 • 27m 1s

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Navigating ag market drivers and national policy priorities cover art

Navigating ag market drivers and national policy priorities

Welcome to Episode 154 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast. In this episode, American Farm Bureau economist Betty Resnick sheds light on key market drivers, obstacles in trade, and exciting opportunities for renewable fuels. Then Iowa Farm Bureau President Brent Johnson joins the conversation to preview some potential national policy breakthroughs in 2024!   Resources mentioned in this episode: Register for Iowa Farm Bureau’s Acres of Opportunity Conference today. Learn more about online tools and services through the Farm Family Wellness Alliance.

February 12 • 27m 1s
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2024 crop and livestock market outlook

Welcome to Episode 153 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast. In this episode, Iowa Farm Bureau farmer education program manager Zach Brummer and economist Dr. Christopher Pudenz dissect current crop and livestock market conditions and forecast what farmers can expect later this year.   Resources mentioned in this episode: Register for Iowa Farm Bureau’s February Ag Market Outlook Meeting Series. Register for Iowa Farm Bureau’s February 6 crop insurance webinar.

January 29 • 18m 7s
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How an Iowa engineer/firefighter created a mobile fire suppression unit for farmers

Welcome to Episode 152 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast. In this episode, we preview Iowa Farm Bureau's priorities for the 2024 Iowa legislative session. And we learn how Mark Mendick (a young engineer and volunteer firefighter from a town near the Iowa-Missouri border) created a unique fire suppression solution for farmers.  Resources mentioned in this episode: Learn more about Appanoose Manufactured Products. Visit the Appanoose Manufactured Products website. Follow Iowa Farm Bureau on Facebook, X/Twitter and Instagram for updates on the American Farm Bureau Ag Innovation Challenge. Register for Iowa Farm Bureau's Ag Market Outlook Meeting Series. Apply for an Iowa Farm Bureau scholarship. Learn how to caucus using Iowa Farm Bureau's Farmers Caucus site.

January 15 • 29m 53s
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Resolve to stop complaining (and improve your mental health) in 2024

Welcome to Episode 151 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast. In this episode, internationally acclaimed speaker Will Bowen shares his advice for turning complaints into constructive conversation – and improving our mental health. And America Farm Bureau Director of Government Affairs R.J. Layher provides an update on national policy priorities.   Resources mentioned in this episode: Prepare for the Iowa caucuses with Iowa Farm Bureau’s Farmers Caucus guide

January 1 • 22m 18s
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Farm strategies for navigating economic uncertainty

Welcome to Episode 150 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast. In this episode, agricultural economist David Widmar shares four key economic trends for farmers to keep their eyes on, and he presents strategies to help farmers navigate economic uncertainty. Later in the episode, renowned Iowa livestock attorney Eldon McAfee shares changes in state regulations that may impact livestock farmers.   Resources mentioned in this episode: Register for Iowa Farm Bureau’s Take Root farm succession workshops Contact the Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers for assistance with your livestock questions Apply for one of Iowa Farm Bureau’s scholarships Register for Iowa Farm Bureau’s Young Farmer Conference

December 18 • 34m 17s
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Three rising stars in Iowa agriculture: Part 3, Ryan Gibbs

Welcome to Episode 149 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast, which is also Part 3 of our special 3-part podcast series with three farmers who are receiving Iowa Farm Bureau’s 2023 Young Farmer Leadership Award: Josh Bierbaum of Cass County, Matthew Burt of Marshall County, and Ryan Gibbs of Delaware County. Part 1 (released December 4) features Josh Bierbaum. Part 2 (released December 5) features Matthew Burt. Part 3 (released December 6) features Ryan Gibbs.

December 6 • 20m 8s
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Three rising stars in Iowa agriculture: Part 2, Matthew Burt

Welcome to Episode 148 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast, which is also Part 2 of our special 3-part podcast series with three farmers who are receiving Iowa Farm Bureau’s 2023 Young Farmer Leadership Award: Josh Bierbaum of Cass County, Matthew Burt of Marshall County, and Ryan Gibbs of Delaware County. Part 1 (released December 4) features Josh Bierbaum. Part 2 (released December 5) features Matthew Burt. Part 3 (to be released December 6) features Ryan Gibbs.

December 5 • 19m 42s
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Three rising stars in Iowa agriculture: Part 1, Josh Bierbaum

Welcome to Episode 147 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast, which is also Part 1 of our special 3-part podcast series with three farmers who are receiving Iowa Farm Bureau’s 2023 Young Farmer Leadership Award: Josh Bierbaum of Cass County, Matthew Burt of Marshall County, and Ryan Gibbs of Delaware County. Part 1 (released December 4) features Josh Bierbaum. Part 2 (to be released December 5) features Matthew Burt. Part 3 (to be released December 6) features Ryan Gibbs.

December 4 • 19m 5s
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See behind the Prop 12 curtain and hear a winter weather forecast

Welcome to Episode 146 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast. In this episode, we peek behind the curtain of California's Proposition 12 law, with Iowa Farm Bureau economist Dr. Christopher Pudenz. And Dr. Dennis Todey (Director of USDA's Midwest Climate Hub) shares his winter weather forecast for Iowa. Resource mentioned in this episode: Learn more about Iowa Farm Bureau's Market Study Tour to California and apply for join the tour.

November 20 • 32m 46s
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Creating the next “moonshot” advancement in global ag production: a conversation with Dr. Cary Fowler of the U.S. Department of State

Welcome to Episode 145 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast. In this episode, we talk with the U.S. Department of State’s Special Envoy for Global Food Security about what it will take to meet global food needs in 2050. The episode also includes a discussion about how farmers can save thousands of dollars on their taxes, through IRS-approved tax-saving plans offered by BASE. Resources mentioned in this episode: Learn about BASE tax-saving plans available to Iowa Farm Bureau members Dr. Cary Fowler, Special Envoy for Global Food Security with the U.S. Department of State Register for Iowa Farm Bureau’s Farm/Ag Business Marketing + Branding Workshop Series

November 6 • 27m 43s
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The impact of record-low Mississippi River levels and a conversation with young farm leader Vanessa Trampel

Welcome to Episode 144 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast. In this episode, Soy Transportation Coalition Executive Director Mike Steenhoek shares the Iowa farm implications of record-low Mississippi River water levels and other avenues for farmers to market their crops. And Iowa Farm Bureau Young Farmer Advisory Committee Chair Vanessa Trampel discusses the challenges and opportunities facing young farmers today. Resources mentioned in this episode Soy Transportation Coalition website Iowa Farm Bureau's new Cash Bid Search tool Iowa Farm Bureau's Young Farmer Program webpage Young Farmer Program Facebook page Young Farmer Program regional Iowa Facebook groups Young Farmer Program Instagram page

October 23 • 33m 15s
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A first-of-its-kind tool to compare local cash bids and a Farm Bill status update

Welcome to Episode 143 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast. This episode explores a new tool that allows farmers to easily search and compare the best cash bids for grain in their area. It also features a Farm Bill update, from Iowa Farm Bureau President Brent Johnson.

October 9 • 27m 8s
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Near-death experience inspires Iowa student to pursue innovative cattle research

Welcome to Episode 142 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast. This episode features cybersecurity tips for farmers and the story of an Iowa student who was inspired to pursue innovative cattle research following a near-death experience on her family’s farm.   Resource mentioned in this episode: Iowa’s Jasmyn Hoeger named a finalist for National FFA’s American Star in Agriscience award

September 25 • 31m 39s
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Farmer/counselor shares tips for managing stress during a busy harvest

Welcome to Episode 141 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast. This episode will help prepare farmers for the beginning of the busy and often stressful harvest season. Adrienne DeSutter is an Illinois farmer, a counselor, and a nationally-recognized Ag Mental Health Specialist (through Sow Hope Grow Hope). She joins The Spokesman Speaks podcast to share her thoughts on how farmers and their families can effectively manage stress this time of year.  Resources mentioned in this episode: Farm stress resources on IowaFarmBureau.com ANF Game Day On-Field Experience Upcoming Renew Rural Iowa Journey to Your Vision seminars

September 11 • 31m 8s
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How Farm Rescue helps farm families in crisis

Welcome to Episode 140 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast. This episode features Farm Rescue, a nonprofit organization that provides on-farm assistance to farm families who have experienced a major injury, illness or natural disaster. Farm Rescue Development Officer Terry Johnston and Iowa volunteer Ron Donohue share Farm Rescue's work and how Iowans can support it. Resources mentioned in this episode: Iowa Farm Bureau donates $10,000 to Farm Rescue Learn how to donate, volunteer or refer a family in need at FarmRescue.org Email Farm Rescue Development Officer Terry Johnston: terry@farmrescue.org

August 28 • 17m 50s
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How Iowa Farm Bureau supports an innovative water treatment company and other diverse rural businesses

Welcome to Episode 139 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast. This episodes highlights Iowa Farm Bureau’s work to support diverse rural businesses, including a Slater, Iowa-based company that uses algae to treat water for cities. The episode also includes a conversation with Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig about Iowa’s Grain Indemnity Fund, which Iowa will begin replenishing on September 1. Resources mentioned in this episode: RenewRuralIowa.com and Renew Rural Iowa’s upcoming Journey to Your Vision seminars Gross-Wen Technologies website Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship website

August 14 • 34m 55s
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Mid-summer market and crop conditions analyses

Welcome to Episode 138 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast. This episode features a mid-summer market analysis by Karl Setzer of Mid-Co Commodities and a crop conditions update from Bayer Crop Science agronomist Andrew Penney.   Resources mentioned in this episode: July WASDE and quarterly stocks webinar recording Reasons to visit Iowa Farm Bureau at the Iowa State Fair Register for upcoming Renew Rural Iowa Journey to Your Vision seminars in Waverly, West Des Moines and Storm Lake Register for Iowa Farm Bureau’s online Take Root farm succession workshops Register for an upcoming webinar on navigating changing conditions in agriculture

July 31 • 42m 53s
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Brexit regret, trade objections, intense regulations and other takeaways from Iowa Farm Bureau’s Market Study Tour of the United Kingdom

Welcome to Episode 137 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast. In this episode, we recap the key takeaways from Iowa Farm Bureau’s recent Market Study Tour of England and Scotland, and we discuss the possible implications for farmers here in Iowa.

July 17 • 33m 24s
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How to work with landlords, before Iowa’s farmland lease deadline

Welcome to Episode 136 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast. This episode will prepare farmers for discussions they’ll be having with landlords in the coming weeks and months. Former ISU and current Cornell University economics professor Dr. Wendong Zhang shares the latest information on who owns Iowa’s farmland, and attorney Erin Herbold-Swalwell shares her expert advice on developing effective farmland lease agreements and landlord/tenant relationships. Resources mentioned in this episode Read more about Iowa State University's 2022 Iowa Farmland Ownership and Tenure Survey, here and here. Visit Iowa State University's Ag Decision Maker website.

July 3 • 48m 54s
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Prop 12, African Swine Fever, Great Britain trade, conservation and soil health insights

Welcome to Episode 135 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast. This episode features three guests. First, we introduce you to Dr. Christopher Pudenz, Iowa Farm Bureau's new economics and research manager, who shares some fascinating insights into topics like California's Prop 12 implementation, African Swine Fever and a market study tour of England and Scotland. Next, we bring on two central Iowa farmers and conservation/soil health experts (Jeremy Gustafson and Doug Adams) to share their tips for farmers. Resources mentioned in this episode FAQ on pork sales in wake of 2023 Prop 12 Supreme Court decision - from California Department of Food and Agriculture A monthly barometer of livestock profitability from Iowa State University ConservationCountsIowa.com Iowa Farm Bureau's Facebook and Instagram pages

June 19 • 45m 29s
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How to earn Gen Z's trust

Welcome to Episode 134 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast. This episode features an in-depth conversation with Roxi Beck of the Center for Food Integrity (CFI), on research-based ways for farmers to build trust with consumers, especially young Gen Z consumers. CFI conducts extensive consumer research and brings together a wide variety of food and farming stakeholders, ranging from Iowa Farm Bureau and American Farm Bureau to Costco, Chick-Fil-A, Starbucks, and Kroger.   Resources mentioned in this episode Read CFI's Gen Z trust research Learn more about CFI and its extensive consumer trust research

June 5 • 42m 38s
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New VP of Iowa State University Extension shares his vision

Welcome to Episode 133 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast. This episode will introduce you to the brand new Vice President of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach: Dr. Jason Henderson. The episode also includes a reminder of some cost-saving benefits that Iowa Farm Bureau members can tap into during the summer months. Resources mentioned in this episode Check out Iowa Farm Bureau’s member benefits. Join Iowa Farm Bureau today.

May 22 • 31m 28s
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Climatologist forecasts 2023 growing season

Welcome to Episode 132 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast. This episode features a 2023 growing season weather forecast from the director of USDA’s Midwest Climate Hub, Dr. Dennis Todey. It also introduces Iowa Farm Bureau’s new farmer education program manager, Zach Brummer, and covers some upcoming learning opportunities for farmers, like Iowa Farm Bureau’s Young Farmer Ag Insights Tour in July. Resources mentioned in this episode Learn more and register for Iowa Farm Bureau's Young Farmer Ag Insights Tour. Learn about other future Iowa Farm Bureau events and webinars. Contact Iowa Farm Bureau's new farmer education program manager, Zach Brummer: zbrummer@ifbf.org.

May 8 • 24m 36s
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How are Iowa’s banks doing, and what is the status of the 2023 Farm Bill?

Welcome to Episode 131 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast. In this episode, John Sorensen (President and CEO of the Iowa Bankers Association) discusses the stability of Iowa’s banking system, in the aftermath of Silicon Valley Bank’s well-publicized collapse. And Iowa Farm Bureau National Policy Advisor Daniel Heady updates listeners on the development of the 2023 Farm Bill.

April 24 • 26m 30s
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Emerging trade opportunities, with Iowa Farm Bureau President Brent Johnson

Welcome to episode 130 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast. This episode features a conversation with Iowa Farm Bureau President Brent Johnson, following his recent visit to Vietnam and the Philippines, as part of an Iowa trade delegation. It also features Coalition to Support Iowa's Farmers Executive Director Brian Waddingham, who shares an update on a troubling livestock vandalism case up in northeast Iowa, what the Coalition is doing to help law enforcement in the area, and tips for other livestock farmers to protect themselves from vandalism.  Resources mentioned in this episode: Visit the Coalition to Support Iowa's Farmers website or call their toll-free number: 800-932-2436. Learn more about the livestock vandalism case in northeast Iowa, how the Coalition is helping law enforcement in that area, and tips for avoiding vandalism on your farm.

April 10 • 26m 17s
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Tips for beginning and niche farmers

Welcome to episode 129 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast. This episode will be especially useful to beginning farmers and farmers who are looking to diversify their operations with niche crops or livestock. It features a conversation with the head of FSA farm loans in Iowa (Brian Gossling) and an Iowa farmer (Ashley Wenke) who has experience growing a bit of everything, including produce, eggs, chicken, honey, beef and pork. Resources mentioned in this episode: Contact your local county Farm Bureau Learn about Iowa Farm Bureau's Young Farmer Program Contact your local Iowa FSA office Learn about Pleasant Grove Homestead

March 27 • 35m 1s
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Growing Iowa's brand

Consumers crave the goods grown here in Iowa. "Choose Iowa" facilitates more opportunities to buy those products, further strengthening Iowa ag's reputation and brand. Learn about the program from Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig in this episode (128) of The Spokesman Speaks podcast. This episode also includes a discussion with environmental scientist Shawn Richmond about Iowa's impressive conservation and water quality progress. Resources mentioned in this episode: Learn about the Choose Iowa program and take the survey to share your input. Learn about the 2023 Choose Iowa grant recipients. Visit ConservationCountsIowa.com to learn about Iowa's conservation and water quality progress.

March 13 • 25m 53s
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Tackling Iowa’s ag educator shortage

Welcome to Episode 127 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast. This episode features a conversation with Iowa FFA Foundation Executive Director Josh Remington about Iowa’s ag educator shortage and a new $1 million donation from Iowa Farm Bureau that’s aimed at helping reverse that decline. Later in the episode, Brian Waddingham of the Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers talks about a surprisingly simple way some livestock farmers saved money on their energy costs and snow removal this winter.   Resources mentioned in this episode: Learn about Iowa FFA’s ag educator shortage and Iowa Farm Bureau’s $1 million donation. Visit the Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers website or call 800-932-2436. Register for Iowa Farm Bureau’s Acres of Opportunity Conference.

February 27 • 27m 19s
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Why you need a strong farm succession plan now

Welcome to Episode 126 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast. In this episode, U.S. Meat Export Federation President and CEO Dan Halstrom delivers a pork and beef export update. And farm succession experts Dr. Ron Hanson and Amanda Van Steenwyk share their tips for effective farm succession planning. Resources mentioned in this episode Watch for Iowa Farm Bureau's next Take Root farm succession planning series Register for Iowa Farm Bureau's upcoming Acres of Opportunity conference

February 13 • 27m 52s
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Could this Iowa invention revolutionize planting?

Welcome to Episode 125 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast. Northern Iowa farmer, choir teacher, and entrepreneur Jayson Ryner invented a solution that will make you re-think the future of row crop planting. Hear Jayson describe his ReEnvision Ag planting system (which helps farmers plant earlier and reduces compaction) in this edition of The Spokesman Speaks podcast. Resources mentioned in this episode Register for Iowa Farm Bureau's Managing 2023 Farm Margins workshop series. Learn more about Iowa-based ChopLocal (Episode #72 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast).

January 30 • 18m 47s
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Why former NFL star Jason Brown gave up a lucrative football career to farm

Welcome to Episode 124 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast. In this episode, former NFL star Jason Brown shares why he gave up a lucrative football career to farm. And Iowa Farm Bureau State Policy Advisor Kevin Kuhle shares Farm Bureau’s priorities for state lawmakers in 2023.

January 16 • 25m 4s
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Ag economist shares transportation, trade, Farm Bill updates

Welcome to Episode 123 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast. In this episode, American Farm Bureau economist Danny Munch offers his thoughts on recent rail and shipping disruptions, the current trade landscape, and upcoming Farm Bill discussions. And Iowa State University researcher Dr. Marshall McDaniel shares his insights into soil health, fertility, and optimal fertilizer use. Resources mentioned in this episode: American Farm Bureau Market Intel Contact information for Dr. Marshall McDaniel

January 2 • 27m 31s
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A farm market outlook and Young Farmer Conference preview

Welcome to Episode 122 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast. In this episode, well-known analyst Joe Kerns shares his insights into today's ag markets. And a trio of young farmers/ag professionals (Megan Hansen, Mickayla McGill, and Jenna Smith) share a few of the many reasons young Iowa farmers/ag professionals should join hundreds of their peers at Iowa Farm Bureau's Young Farmer Conference on January 27 and 28. Resources mentioned in this episode Register for Iowa Farm Bureau's Young Farmer Conference Learn more about Iowa Farm Bureau's Young Farmer Program Follow Iowa Farm Bureau's Young Farmer Program on Facebook and Instagram.

December 19 • 23m 42s
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Three young farmers share local leadership insights: Part 3, Clark Dolch

Welcome to Episode 121 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast, which is also Part 3 of our special 3-part podcast series with three farmers who are receiving Iowa Farm Bureau’s 2022 Young Farmer Leadership Award: Tanner Brass of Franklin County, Melissa Moretz of Worth County, and Clark Dolch of Adair County.   Part 1 (released December 5) features Tanner Brass. Part 2 (released December 6) features Melissa Moretz. Part 3 (released December 7) features Clark Dolch.

December 7 • 18m 49s
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Three young farmers share local leadership insights: Part 2, Melissa Moretz

Welcome to Episode 120 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast, which is also Part 2 of our special 3-part podcast series with three farmers who are receiving Iowa Farm Bureau’s 2022 Young Farmer Leadership Award: Tanner Brass of Franklin County, Melissa Moretz of Worth County, and Clark Dolch of Adair County.   Part 1 (released December 5) features Tanner Brass. Part 2 (released December 6) features Melissa Moretz. Part 3 (to be released December 7) features Clark Dolch.

December 6 • 19m 32s
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Three young farmers share local leadership insights: Part 1, Tanner Brass

Welcome to Episode 119 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast, which is also Part 1 of our special 3-part podcast series with three farmers who are receiving Iowa Farm Bureau’s 2022 Young Farmer Leadership Award: Tanner Brass of Franklin County, Melissa Moretz of Worth County, and Clark Dolch of Adair County.   Part 1 (released December 5) features Tanner Brass. Part 2 (to be released December 6) features Melissa Moretz. Part 3 (to be released December 7) features Clark Dolch.

December 5 • 19m 19s
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Grants for value-added agriculture; plus farm income tax tips

Welcome to Episode 118 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast. In this episode, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig discusses the Choose Iowa Marketing and Promotion Grant Program, a program for farmers and other Iowans who are investing in creative ways to expand the use and consumption of Iowa ag products. Later in the episode, Iowa State University Extension tax expert Charles Brown shares some of the most important considerations for farmers as they're filing their 2022 farm income taxes. Resources mentioned in this episode: Choose Iowa Marketing and Promotion Grant Program Iowa Farm Bureau's 2022 Farm Income Tax Webinar (Recording) Iowa State University Center for Agricultural Law and Taxation

November 28 • 35m 10s
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Learn about carbon credits and a grassroots effort to create a new ag education program in northern Iowa

Welcome to Episode 117 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast. In this episode, Iowa State University ag economics professor Dr. Alejandro Plastina shares where things stand with carbon credit markets and what farmers need to know. And Floyd County farmer Laura Cunningham shares the grassroots, years-long effort that led to a new ag education and FFA program in northern Iowa's Central Spring School District. Resources mentioned in this episode: Learn more about carbon credit programs on ISU's Ag Decision Maker website. Learn how you can help the Central Springs AgEd Boosters.

November 14 • 36m 11s
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Creating fertilizer from corn stover and a conversation with young farm leader Megan Hansen

Welcome to Episode 116 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast. In this episode, we introduce you to Iowa Farm Bureau Young Farmer Advisory Committee Chair Megan Hansen (who farms in western Iowa), and we talk with Dr. Robert Brown of Iowa State University's Bioeconomy Institute about a unique initiative to produce renewable energy, fertilizer and more from corn stover, while sequestering carbon.

October 31 • 32m 42s
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Inside Iowa State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Welcome to Episode 115 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast. In this episode, we take you inside the Iowa State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS), with CALS Student Council President Lydia Johnson, Director of CALS Career Services Mike Gaul, and CALS senior/Iowa Farm Bureau intern Jenna Smith. We also introduce you to Active&Fit Direct, Iowa Farm Bureau's new member benefit, which allows Farm Bureau members to save money on their local gym memberships and other fitness resources. Resources mentioned in this episode Learn about Iowa Farm Bureau's new Active&Fit Direct member benefit Apply for Iowa Farm Bureau's 2023-24 Digital Marketing Internship Apply for Iowa Farm Bureau's 2023-24 Young Farmer & Leadership Internship

October 17 • 42m 30s
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Can cover crops and manure application thrive together?

Welcome to Episode 114 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast. In this episode, we visit the farm of Iowa's 2022 Conservation Farmer of the Year (Dave Lubben of Jones County) to discuss conservation with Dave and Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig. Then we talk with Iowa State University professor Dr. Daniel Andersen (who goes by @DrManure on Twitter) about how farmers can use cover crops and manure successfully in the same fields.  Resources mentioned in this episode Iowa Manure Management Action Group Midwest Cover Crops Field Guide, 3rd Edition

October 3 • 34m 11s
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Harvest and long-range forecasts from Iowa’s State Climatologist

Welcome to Episode 113 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast. In this episode, State Climatologist Dr. Justin Glisan gives us his forecast for harvest and beyond. And Iowa Farm Bureau President Brent Johnson discusses key outcomes from Iowa Farm Bureau's annual policy conference. Resource mentioned in this episode Join us for America Needs Farmers (ANF) Game Day at Kinnick Stadium

September 19 • 27m 14s
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Railroad concerns as harvest looms

Welcome to Episode 112 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast. In this episode, we bring you a conversation on national agriculture priorities with American Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall, who was in Des Moines for Iowa Farm Bureau’s Presidents Conference last month. Then we’ll bring on Mike Steenhoek (who’s the Executive Director of the Soy Transportation Coalition) to talk about railroad reliability concerns and other transportation topics as we approach harvest. Resources mentioned in this episode American Farm Bureau (FB.org) American Farm Bureau Market Intel SoyTransportation.org

September 5 • 29m 7s
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Boost agriculture literacy this school year

Welcome to Episode 111 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast. In this episode, you'll learn ways to effectively boost ag literacy in your own local school district, from Kelly Foss (the new Executive Director of the Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation). You'll also hear the results of a new poll about food and farming (conducted by The Harris Poll) that will help you understand what's motivating Iowa grocery shoppers and who they trust. Resources mentioned in this episode: Read the results of the Iowa Farm Bureau Food and Farm Index ®, conducted by The Harris Poll. Learn more about the Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation.

August 22 • 29m 1s
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New ISU Animal Science Department Chair shares his vision

Welcome to Episode 110 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast. In this episode, you’ll meet Dr. Jason Ross – the new chair of Iowa State University’s Department of Animal Science (part of ISU’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences). You’ll also hear about the games and prizes that await you at Farm Bureau Park during this year’s Iowa State Fair. Resource mentioned in this episode: Fairgoer attractions at Farm Bureau Park, during the 2022 Iowa State Fair

August 8 • 34m 13s
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Analyzing fertilizer prices and the overall farm economy

Welcome to Episode 109 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast. In this episode, American Farm Bureau economist Shelby Myers analyzes the overall farm economy, and Iowa Farm Bureau President Brent Johnson talks about what’s being done to address the astonishing increase in fertilizer prices. Resources mentioned in this episode Farm Bureau members can save on travel (with prices guaranteed to beat public booking sites like Expedia and Priceline) using Travel Sherlock.

July 25 • 27m 19s
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Answers to your farm animal care questions

Welcome to Episode 108 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast. In this episode, we speak with Mike Telford, Executive Director of the Iowa Farm Animal Care Coalition (IFAC). IFAC is a first-of-its-kind network of professionals, veterinarians, animal behavior scientists, and farmers committed to answering Iowans' farm animal care questions and providing livestock farmers with the assistance they need.  Resources mentioned in this episode Call the Iowa Farm Animal Care Coalition at 1-800-252-0577 or visit their website. See advice for preparing for potential summer power outages

July 11 • 15m 55s
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Optimizing fertilizer recommendations for crop production and environmental protection

Welcome to Episode 107 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast. In this episode, Iowa State University soil science expert Dr. Michael Castellano shares details about an effort to optimize and localize Iowa’s fertilizer application recommendations. And environmental scientist Shawn Richmond discusses how optimal fertilizer applications complement farmers’ other efforts to grow the crops we need while protecting water quality. To learn more about farmers' conservation and water quality protection efforts, visit ConservationCountsIowa.com.

June 27 • 33m
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The impact of Iowa's new biofuels standard

Welcome to Episode 106 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast. In this episode, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig talks about the benefits of Iowa's new biofuels standard, which Governor Kim Reynolds recently signed into law. Later in the episode, Ben Gleason (the new executive director of the Iowa Nutrient Research and Education Council) talks about efforts to quantify Iowa's conservation progress.  Resources mentioned in this episode: Details on Iowa's new biofuels standard Iowa Nutrient Research and Education Council

June 13 • 26m 23s
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How Farm Bureau connects you with your ag peers through hands-on learning opportunities

Welcome to Episode 105 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast. In this episode, we'll introduce you to some unique opportunities to connect with your farm and agribusiness peers, via tours and other hands-on learning events offered by Farm Bureau.  This episode also includes an interview with Special Agent Justin King (Drug Enforcement Administration) about a dangerous trend that's sweeping through Midwest communities, involving fake prescription pills. Resources mentioned in this episode Iowa Farm Bureau's Young Farmer Ag Insights Tour Iowa Farm Bureau's USDA Crop Report Trip Iowa Farm Bureau's Take Root farm succession workshops Iowa Farm Bureau's Young Farmer Program (website) Facebook groups for local (district) Farm Bureau young farmer groups Apply for Iowa Farm Bureau's Grow Your Future Award Contact your county Farm Bureau See all of Iowa Farm Bureau's upcoming events

May 30 • 32m 2s
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Don’t wait. Why it’s time to use these free mental health and wellness services for farm families.

It’s no big deal. I don’t have time. Someone else needs help more than me. Are you creating excuses to not seek out mental health or wellness services? The Farm Family Wellness Alliance offers farm families free and confidential mental health and wellness services, from skilled professionals who understand the unique challenges of farm life. In Episode 104 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast, we talk with Amie Merz (an account manager and clinician with Personal Assistance Services) and Monica McConkey (a farm and ranch counselor) about those services for farm families and why folks should set aside their reservations about reaching out for help. Resources mentioned in this episode Check out the mental health and wellness services available through the Farm Family Wellness Alliance at https://farmfamilywellness.com/. You can also call 833-999-FARM or text 314-451-5727. Register for one of Iowa Farm Bureau’s upcoming Take Root farm succession planning workshops. Register for Iowa Farm Bureau’s upcoming Young Farmer Ag Insights Tour.

May 16 • 34m 15s
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Take your rural business to the next level

Welcome to Episode 103 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast, which features three guests. Central Iowa farm couple Eric and Deb Finch explain how they got into the meat goat business (almost by accident) nearly 20 years ago, and they share their advice for other farmers who are exploring that niche market. And Adam Koppes of Iowa Farm Bureau’s Renew Rural Iowa program shares the unique services that Farm Bureau offers rural entrepreneurs, including educational seminars, mentoring, promotion, and financial resources. Resources mentioned in this episode Register for Renew Rural Iowa's Journey to Your Vision seminar, held June 10 in Dyersville. RenewRuralIowa.com Learn about the Ag Startup Engine.

May 2 • 26m 57s
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Water quality expert explains how farmers' conservation efforts (past and present) are producing results

Welcome to Episode 102 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast. In this episode, longtime water quality expert Shawn Richmond (who has 25 years of experience across academia, government, and the private sector) shares the results of Iowa farmers' conservation efforts (past and present). And motivational speaker Matt Booth shares his advice for effective goal setting.

April 18 • 28m 18s
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Livestock rules and regulations are constantly changing. Are you prepared?

Welcome to Episode 101 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast. Spring is a time for new farm projects and taking stock of things. The Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers helps livestock farmers enhance neighbor relations, site new livestock facilities, implement best management practices (like planting trees and windbreaks), and interpret more than 250 pages of rules and regulations. In this episode, Brian Waddingham (Executive Director of the Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers) discusses some of the ways that farmers can enhance their neighbor relations, and he gives livestock farmers some tips for preparing for a potential EPA or DNR inspection. Resources mentioned in this episode: Call the Coalition at 800-932-2436. Visit the Coalition online at SupportFarmers.com. Tips for preparing for an EPA inspection.

April 8 • 12m 13s
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The evolution of precision agriculture technology and conservation

Welcome to Episode 100 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast. In this episode, Dr. Dennis Todey (Director of the USDA's Midwest Climate Hub) provides a planting/growing season forecast. And Brent Johnson joins us to discuss his first four months as Iowa Farm Bureau president, along with a couple of topics that he knows well: precision agriculture technology and conservation.

April 4 • 29m 34s
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How to market meat directly to consumers

Welcome to Episode 99 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast. In this episode, Janis Hochstetler (a food safety and labeling coordinator for the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship’s Meat and Poultry Inspection Bureau) shares the first steps livestock farmers should take if they're interested in marketing directly to consumers. Then you'll hear from two young ag entrepreneurs who launched their own successful direct-to-consumer ventures: Ray Schmidt of Farm Story Meats and Lillie Beringer of Beringer Family Farms Beef. Resources mentioned in this episode: Contact information for Janis Hochstetler of the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship's Meat and Poultry Inspection Bureau. FarmStoryMeats.com Beringer Family Farms Beef

March 21 • 46m 28s
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Young farmer shares advice for building strong relationships with landowners

Welcome to Episode 98 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast. In this episode, Cedar County row-crop farmer Noah Coppess shares his tips for building strong relationships with landowners. And Brian Waddingham (Executive Director of the Coalition to Support Iowa's Farmers) shares some tangible reasons for livestock farmers to plant trees, along with trends he's seeing in Iowa's livestock industry. Resources mentioned in this episode: Contact the Coalition to Support Iowa's Farmers Learn about Iowa Farm Bureau's Acres of Opportunity Conference

March 7 • 32m 1s
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New partnerships are accelerating Iowa’s water quality progress

Welcome to Episode 97 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast. In this episode, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig discusses new partnerships that are helping accelerate Iowa’s water quality progress. And award-winning speaker, author and farmer Jolene Brown shares her advice for managing the family dynamics in your farm business.  Resources mentioned in this episode: Register for Iowa Farm Bureau's Acres of Opportunity Conference

February 21 • 26m 21s
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Fishing for unique farming opportunities

Welcome to Episode 96 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast. In this episode, we speak with two entrepreneurs who are "making waves" in Iowa's emerging aquaculture industry. Joe Sweeney is the CEO of Eagle's Catch, which raises tilapia in Ellsworth, Iowa. Glenn Ford is the CEO of InCity Farms, which is bringing aquaponics to large and small cities around the country, including Clarion, Iowa. Resource mentioned in this episode: Register for Iowa Farm Bureau's Acres of Opportunity conference.

February 7 • 27m 1s
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Talking trade with USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service Administrator

Welcome to Episode 95 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast. In this episode, we talk with American Farm Bureau economist Shelby Myers about private sector carbon credit markets. We also speak with USDA Foreign Agricultural Service Administrator Daniel Whitley about the outlook for international ag trade. Resource mentioned in this episode: American Farm Bureau's Market Intel page

January 24 • 15m 47s
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Previewing Iowa Farm Bureau's 2022 legislative priorities

Welcome to Episode 94 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast. In this episode, Iowa Farm Bureau State Policy Advisor Kevin Kuhle discusses Farm Bureau's priorities for the 2022 Iowa Legislative Session. And Andrew McCrea shares his tips for revitalizing your rural community. McCrea is an Oscar-winning broadcaster, author, farmer and community leader who has studied successful small towns across America.

January 10 • 38m 17s
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Meet Iowa Farm Bureau’s new president: Brent Johnson

Welcome to Episode 93 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast. In this episode, we introduce you to the new president of Iowa Farm Bureau: Brent Johnson of Calhoun County. We also welcome on Sam Kieffer (Vice President of Public Affairs for the American Farm Bureau) to talk about some of Farm Bureau's national policy priorities in 2022.

December 27 • 24m 46s
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Machinery Pete explains the wild market for used farm equipment

Welcome to Episode 92 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast. In this episode, Greg Peterson (better known as Machinery Pete) discusses the wild market for used farm equipment, and Dr. Wendong Zhang (an economist at Iowa State University) shares his read on the current trade relationship between the U.S. and China. Resource mentioned in this episode MachineryPete.com

December 13 • 28m 37s
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Three young farmers talk leadership, future of ag: Part 3, Cordt Holub

Welcome to Episode 91 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast, which is also Part 3 of our special 3-part podcast series with three farmers who are receiving Iowa Farm Bureau’s 2021 Young Farmer Leadership Award: Michael McEnany of Story County, Megan Kregel of Clayton County, and Cordt Holub of Tama County.   Part 1 (released December 6) features Michael McEnany. Part 2 (released December 7) features Megan Kregel. Part 3 (released December 8) features Cordt Holub.

December 8 • 19m 51s
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Three young farmers talk leadership, future of ag: Part 2, Megan Kregel

Welcome to Episode 90 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast, which is also Part 2 of our special 3-part podcast series with three farmers who are receiving Iowa Farm Bureau’s 2021 Young Farmer Leadership Award: Michael McEnany of Story County, Megan Kregel of Clayton County, and Cordt Holub of Tama County.   Part 1 (released December 6) features Michael McEnany. Part 2 (released December 7) features Megan Kregel. Part 3 (to be released December 8) features Cordt Holub.

December 7 • 20m 18s
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Three young farmers talk leadership, future of ag: Part 1, Michael McEnany

Welcome to Episode 89 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast, which is also Part 1 of our special 3-part podcast series with three farmers who are receiving Iowa Farm Bureau’s 2021 Young Farmer Leadership Award: Michael McEnany of Story County, Megan Kregel of Clayton County, and Cordt Holub of Tama County.   Part 1 (released December 6) features Michael McEnany. Part 2 (to be released December 7) features Megan Kregel. Part 3 (to be released December 8) features Cordt Holub.

December 6 • 18m 4s
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What’s driving rising farmland prices?

Welcome to Episode 88 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast. In this episode, Dr. Wendong Zhang (an Iowa State University economics professor) shares the factors driving rising farmland practices in Iowa, Iowa Farm Bureau President Craig Hill reflects on Farm Bureau's work (as Hill wraps up his final term as president), and Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig introduces a new grant program for farmers who are looking to diversify the ag products they grow and how they sell those products. Resources mentioned in this episode: ISU Center for Agricultural and Rural Development (CARD) - ISU Land Value Survey will be released on December 14 https://bit.ly/landvalue2021 - for farm managers, ag lenders, appraisers, brokers, and others who are knowledgeable about local land markets to participate in ISU's land value survey Choose Iowa Marketing and Promotion Grant Program - December 15 application deadline

November 29 • 32m 26s
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Examining agriculture’s supply chain disruptions

Welcome to Episode 87 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast. This episode digs into agriculture’s current supply chain disruptions, with Iowa State economist Dr. Bobby Martens (an expert in supply chain management). The episode also features an interview with Ed Kordick (Iowa Farm Bureau’s Farmer Education Program Manager) about a new series of webinars to help farmers elevate their grain marketing abilities. Resources mentioned in this episode: Register for Iowa Farm Bureau's "Third Thursday: 2021-22 Crop Marketing Series" Register for Iowa Farm Bureau's Annual Meeting

November 15 • 28m 26s
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The best tips for managing your farm income taxes in 2021

Welcome to Episode 86 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast. This episode features tips for managing your farm’s income taxes in 2021, from Kristine Tidgren (Director of the Center for Agricultural Law and Taxation at Iowa State University). It also includes a conversation with Dustin Petty of BASE, about a service that helps farmers manage their health care expenses in a way that helps them save on their taxes. Resources mentioned in this episode: Register for Iowa Farm Bureau’s free Farm Income Tax Webinar (on November 4):  https://www.iowafarmbureau.com/Article/2021-Iowa-Farm-Income-Tax-Webinar Learn more through the Center for Agricultural Law and Taxation at Iowa State University: https://www.calt.iastate.edu/ Learn more about BASE and its services for Iowa Farm Bureau members:  https://www.baseonline.com/landing/iafarmbureau.asp

November 1 • 27m 50s
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Inside the ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences with Dr. Daniel Robison

Welcome to Episode 85 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast. This episode features a peek inside Iowa State University's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences with Dr. Daniel Robison (dean of the college). Resource mentioned in this episode: Register for Iowa Farm Bureau's 2021 Iowa Farm Income Tax Webinar

October 18 • 25m 1s
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How an Iowa farm helped create a Super Bowl champion

Welcome to Episode 84 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast. This episode includes some advice for a safe harvest and a discussion with 2021 America Needs Farmers Wall of Honor inductee Marshal Yanda (a former Iowa Hawkeye star, NFL All-Pro and Super Bowl champion) about his upbringing on an Anamosa, Iowa dairy farm. Resources mentioned in this episode: ANF Game Day details The National Education Center for Agricultural Safety

October 4 • 20m 34s
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Young farm leader shares opportunities for Iowa’s up-and-coming farmers

Welcome to Episode 83 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast. In this episode, Greg Hanes (CEO of the Cattlemen’s Beef Board) talks about the history of the Beef Checkoff (which celebrates its 35th anniversary this year) and what's around the corner. And the newly-elected chair of Iowa Farm Bureau's Young Farmer Advisory Committee (Randy Francois) shares the challenges and opportunities he sees for Iowa's up-and-coming farmers.  Resources mentioned in this episode: Iowa Farm Bureau's Young Farmer Program ANF Game Day On-Field Experience contest

September 20 • 32m 11s
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How a former U.S. Ambassador and USFRA’s CEO are sharing U.S. agriculture’s story internationally (emphasizing the importance of ag technology and livestock)

Welcome to Episode 82 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast. In this episode, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture Kip Tom and U.S. Farmers and Ranchers in Action CEO Erin Fitzgerald discuss how they’re sharing U.S. agriculture’s story internationally (particularly the importance ag technology and livestock). Specifically, Tom and Fitzgerald talk about their work leading up to the inaugural UN Food Systems Summit (which will be held virtually, in late September 2021). Resources mentioned in this episode: Learn more about the UN Food Systems Summit Learn more about the work of U.S. Farmers and Ranchers in Action Watch USFRA's "30 Harvests" video See the results of the Iowa Farm Bureau Food and Farm Index®

September 6 • 27m 52s
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The latest updates on federal regulations, estate taxes and cattle market transparency with American Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall

Welcome to Episode 81 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast. In this episode, American Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall shares updates on some of the most important national policy issues facing farmers right now: possible environmental regulations, possible estate tax changes, and efforts to improve cattle market transparency. (President Duvall’s interview took place on August 18, 2021.) We also talk with Iowa Farm Bureau President Craig Hill about a new series of videos that’s designed to improve consumers’ understanding of farming’s sustainability and animal care. Resource mentioned in this episode: New Real Farmers. Real Food. Real Meat. video series

August 23 • 18m 59s
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Iowa’s derecho recovery and a conversation with Iowa’s 2021 Conservation Farmers of the Year

Welcome to Episode 80 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast. In this episode, we reflect on Iowa’s derecho recovery (including a unique program to help livestock farmers who were impacted by the storm) with Brian Waddingham of the Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers. We also chat with the newly-announced winners of Iowa’s Conservation Farmer of the Year award; Ken Fawcett and his nephew Kent Stuart, who farm near West Branch.

August 9 • 25m 36s
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How to add edge-of-field conservation practices, like bioreactors and saturated buffers, to your farm

Welcome to Episode 79 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast. In this episode Iowa Farm Bureau Conservation and Natural Resources Policy Advisor Rick Robinson discusses the water quality progress that you might not be seeing or hearing in recent news coverage. And Shane Wulf (Edge of Field Coordinator for the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship) shares the assistance that’s available to help farmers implement edge-of-field conservation practices (like bioreactors and saturated buffers) on their farms.   Resources mentioned in this episode: CleanWaterIowa.org Webinar | Utility-Scale Solar Energy Contracts: What You Need to Know Webinar | 2021 Transportation Rules for Farmers

July 26 • 21m 51s
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Digging into cattle market transparency and a new, innovative crop marketing opportunity in northern Iowa

Welcome to Episode 78 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast. In this episode, we dig into the crucial issue of cattle market transparency. We also receive a status update on the Shell Rock Soy Processing plant in northern Iowa – a project that combines rural economic development with the latest advancements in renewable energy technology and valued-added agriculture. Resources mentioned in this episode: Virtual Roundtable | Carbon Credit Markets: What Farmers Need to Know Webinar | New Services for Managing Farm Stress

July 12 • 26m 41s
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Strengthening and funding local meat lockers and processors

Welcome to Episode 77 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast. In this episode, Representative Chad Ingels discusses a recently-signed state bill that provides support for new and existing meat lockers, as well as the workforce needed to make those lockers successful. Also, Dr. Kathryn Polking (the Bureau Chief for the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship’s Meat and Poultry Inspection Bureau) joins us to discuss the requirements for Iowans who want to open a locker or participate in other local meat processing opportunities. Resources mentioned in this episode: Iowa Department of Agriculture's Meat and Poultry Inspection Bureau Webinar: Market Implications of the July WASDE Report Carbon Credit Markets: What Farmers Need to Know | Virtual Roundtable Webinar: New Services for Managing Farm Stress

June 28 • 22m 24s
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Look before you leap into carbon credit programs

Welcome to Episode 76 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast. In this episode, you'll hear some basics about private-sector sustainability markets for farmers, from Iowa Farm Bureau senior economist Dr. Sam Funk and American Farm Bureau economist Shelby Myers. This episode will prepare you for an even deeper dive into these markets, during Iowa Farm Bureau's virtual roundtable on July 14, titled "Carbon Credit Markets: What Farmers Need to Know." Resources mentioned in this episode: Register to attend Iowa Farm Bureau's "Carbon Credit Markets: What Farmers Need to Know" virtual roundtable on July 14. Apply for Iowa Farm Bureau's Grow Your Future Award.

June 14 • 22m 2s
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A “blitz” of new water quality protection practices is coming to Iowa

Welcome to Episode 75 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast. This episode features two key players in a new, collaborative water quality "blitz" project that's adding 51 saturated buffers and bioreactors to the central Iowa landscape over the next year: Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig and Hardin County farmer (and Farm Bureau leader) Jacob Handsaker, who also runs the excavating company that's constructing these conservation practices. Resources mentioned in this episode: Read more about central Iowa's water quality "blitz" project Learn more about Iowa's various water quality protection initiatives at ConservationCountsIowa.com. Stay tuned for Iowa Farm Bureau's upcoming "Carbon Credit Markets: What Farmers Need to Know" virtual roundtable. The roundtable will take place on July 14, and more details will be released here soon. Register for the Innovative Livestock Price Risk Management Webinar Series.

May 28 • 29m 44s
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