The Spokesman Speaks: Ag Insights for Your Farm and Family

The Spokesman Speaks: Ag Insights for Your Farm and Family

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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May 3, 2021 36 min

Welcome to Episode 72 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast.

In this episode, we introduce you to ChopLocal – an online marketplace for farmers and butcherers that has dubbed itself “the Etsy of meat.” Hear how ChopLocal co-founders Jared Achen and Katie Olthoff started their business in response to COVID-19 disruptions and an ongoing farm-to-table renaissance. 

We also chat with Demi Johnson, a behavioral health program coordinator for ...

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Welcome to Episode 71 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast. In this episode, Elyssa McFarland of the Soil Health Partnership offers tips for improving your soil’s health – to benefit the environment and your farm’s bottom line. And Barb Ristau of the Iowa Farmers Market Association shares the unique value that Iowa’s farmers markets contribute to their local communities.

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    Welcome to Episode 70 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast.

    In this episode, Shawn Richmond of the Iowa Nutrient Research and Education Council (INREC) reports the latest data on Iowa farmers’ efforts to conserve soil and protect water quality. And American Farm Bureau economists Dr. John Newton and Shelby Myers share how farmers are reducing greenhouse gas emissions (as well as the potential economic incentives).

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    Welcome to Episode 69 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast.

    In this episode, Dr. Dennis Todey (the director of USDA’s Midwest Climate Hub) offers his forecast for the 2021 growing season. And Mike Steenhoek (executive director of the Soy Transportation Coalition) shares some innovative solutions that could save your county hundreds of thousands of dollars on rural bridge repairs and replacements.

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    Welcome to Episode 68 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast.

    In this episode, renowned ag economist Dr. Jayson Lusk provides new insights into opportunities to market real meat as a sustainable product and examines the perceptions around plant-based imitation meat. And Mike Telford (executive director of the Iowa Farm Animal Care Coalition) discusses a productive way for Iowa consumers to share their questions and concerns about farm ani...

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    Welcome to Episode 67 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast.

    In this episode, Emily Skor (CEO of Growth Energy) shares why ethanol’s benefits are even better than we previously thought (following a new study by researchers at Harvard and other universities). And Kasey Engel (a regional crop consultant for Farm Bureau Financial Services) provides crop farmers with useful insights to consider as they make their spring 2021 crop insurance d...

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    Welcome to Episode 66 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast.

    This episode features consumer trends and trust research insights from a renowned researcher who advises major food and farming brands like Costco, Chick-fil-a, Corteva and Farm Bureau: Charlie Arnot, CEO of The Center for Food Integrity.

    It also features a conversation with Iowa Farm Bureau Conservation and Natural Resources Policy Advisor Rick Robinson, about an under-the-rad...

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    Welcome to Episode 65 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast.

    This episode features an in-depth conversation with Zach Johnson (the Minnesota farmer who's known to his 700,000-plus YouTube subscribers as the "Millennial Farmer").

    The episode also includes discussions about Iowa's impact on national public policy (with Iowa Farm Bureau President Craig Hill) and a new program to assist livestock farmers who were impacted by ...

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    Welcome to Episode 64 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast. This episode features a preview of Iowa Farm Bureau’s 2021 state legislative priorities (with State Policy Advisor Matt Steinfeldt) and a preview of Iowa Farm Bureau’s upcoming Economic Summit Webinar Series (with Senior Economist Dr. Sam Funk).

    Resources mentioned in this episode:

  • Read Iowa Farm Bureau President Craig Hill’s column on Farm Bureau’s roadmap for 2021.
  • Register fo...
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    December 28, 2020 25 min

    Mary Ebert farms in Guthrie County with her husband, Adam, and serves as the chair of Iowa Farm Bureau’s Young Farmer Advisory Committee (the committee that plans Iowa Farm Bureau’s popular Young Farmer Conference).

    As we turn the page to 2021, Mary shares the challenges and opportunities she sees for Iowa’s young farmers, as well as some advice she’d offer her peers.

    Resources mentioned in this episode: 

  • Register for Iowa Farm Bur...
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    Welcome to Episode 62 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast. This episode celebrates the 60th anniversary of the Japan Hog Lift, an act of Iowa kindness that has created a lasting relationship between Iowa and Japan (and one that has played a meaningful role in the United States' strong trade relationship with Japan).

    In this episode, we talk with Iowa Farm Bureau President Craig Hill about Iowa's unique, ongoing relationship Jap...

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    Welcome to Episode 61 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast. In this episode, we speak with three Iowa ag entrepreneurs who offer unique technology solutions for farmers.

    BJ Brugman of Distynct shares how his company helps livestock farmers manage their facilities remotely.

    Bill Brown of Insulights  introduces us to a solution for checking your electric fence from a distance.

    And Michael Koenig of ScoutPro (an advanced scouting app used ...

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    Welcome to Episode 60 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast, which is Part 3 of our special 3-part podcast series with three Midwest ag economists: Iowa Farm Bureau senior economist Dr. Sam Funk, Nebraska Farm Bureau senior economist Jay Rempe, and Illinois Farm Bureau senior economist Mike Doherty.

    Part 1 (released November 9) covers farm income and credit conditions, government assistance, international trade, and more.

    Part 2 (re...

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    Welcome to Episode 59 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast, which is Part 2 of our special 3-part podcast series with three Midwest ag economists: Iowa Farm Bureau senior economist Dr. Sam Funk, Nebraska Farm Bureau senior economist Jay Rempe, and Illinois Farm Bureau senior economist Mike Doherty.

    Part 1 (released November 9) covers farm income and credit conditions, government assistance, international trade, and more.

    Part 2 (release...

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    Welcome to Episode 58 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast, which is Part 1 of our special 3-part series with three Midwest Farm Bureau economists: Iowa Farm Bureau senior economist Dr. Sam Funk, Nebraska Farm Bureau senior economist Jay Rempe, and Illinois Farm Bureau senior economist Mike Doherty.

    Part 1 (released November 9) covers farm income and credit conditions, government assistance, international trade, and more.

    Part 2 (to be ...

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    Welcome to Episode 57 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast. In this episode, Farm Bureau Heath Plan Vice President Steve Kammeyer shares the unique benefits of the Farm Bureau Health Plan (which is designed for Iowans who don’t qualify for subsidies under the Affordable Care Act) and why the plan is offering subscribers a base rate reduction in 2021.

    Resources referred to in this episode:

  • Check out the Farm Bureau Health Plan
  • Voting res...
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    Welcome to Episode 56 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast.

    In this episode, Kristine Tidgren (Director of the Center for Agricultural Law and Taxation at Iowa State University) helps farmers make the most informed choices when filing their 2020 income taxes. From COVID-19 relief payments and programs to crop insurance claims resulting from the derecho, farmers have experienced a wide range of unusual things that they'll need to acc...

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    Welcome to Episode 55 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast.

    In this episode, we discuss CFAP 2 (the second round of coronavirus relief now available to farmers through USDA) with American Farm Bureau Chief Economist Dr. John Newton. We also meet the new head of USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Iowa (incoming State Conservationist Jon Hubbert) to discuss his new role, his perspective on conservation in Iowa, some relief t...

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    Welcome to Episode 54 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast.

    Harvest is a particularly stressful time that can produce more safety risks, and no one understands that better, both personally and professionally, than Emily Krekelberg (a farm safety and health expert for the University of Minnesota). This special episode features a conversation with Emily about staying safe and managing stress during the harvest season.

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    Welcome to Episode 53 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast.

    This special episode features a one-on-one conversation with U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (on September 23, 2020) regarding derecho and COVID-19 relief, the RFS and other important national ag issues.

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