ChopTalk

ChopTalk

Iowans love their bacon, yet few know about pig farming. Laurie Johns connects you to Iowa pig farmers, the lives they live, the challenges they face and the impact on us all.

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July 14, 2022 24 min
Iowa farmers take a responsible approach to pig health and the use of antibiotics
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Join Laurie at Starbeck's Smokehouse, winner of the Pulled Pork Madness contest, and hear from an Iowa pig farmer about how it all begins!
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When it comes to pig manure and the environment, you’d be amazed at how science, technology, and government regulation combine to reduce a pig's carbon footprint.
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The Iowa Pork Producers' Leadership Academy teaches pig farmers how to better communicate, connect and build trust within their communities.
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Meet the Lundells -- two generations of pig farmers that aren't just raising pigs, but also growing Iowa communities.
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Iowa farms kids want you to know their pigs come first...there are no days off! But they wouldn't have it any other way.
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Tenderized, breaded, fried or filleted, join Laurie Johns as she hits the Iowa Tenderloin Trail in search of culinary perfection of Iowa's favorite pork sandwich.
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Consumers around the world love Iowa pork. That’s a good thing for our farmers and our communities.
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June 1, 2021 20 min
How Iowa families keep pig farming sustainable for the land, water and communities they call home.
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April 5, 2021 22 min
Iowa leads the nation in pig production, but many Iowan's still have questions about their care. Laurie Johns talks about animal care with a livestock trucker and ISU expert.
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Women who focus on raising pigs and protecting our environment are often the silent superheroes of pig farming. Meet three women who don't wear superhero capes, but are making an impact.
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Tough and independent — Laurie Johns explains how Iowa farmers still face mental health challenges. But there are resources ready and willing to help.
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It goes way beyond the farm – learn how Iowa pigs create more jobs, household income and economic activity on our small-town main streets!
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Pigs, Poop and Odor: How Iowa pig farmers reduce odor and protect our environment using one of nature’s first fertilizers
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How did Iowa farmers keep your bacon coming and overcome new challenges when COVID-19 hit? Walcott farmer Mike Paustian, ISU veterinarian Chris Rademacher and Iowa Ag Secretary Mike Naig share the story.
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