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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. Continue Reading >>
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. << Show Less
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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.
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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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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