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Since 1934, The Iowa Farm Bureau Spokesman has been Iowa’s leading agriculture news source, and today it is the largest circulation ag newspaper in Iowa. While The Spokesman newspaper is available exclusively to Iowa Farm Bureau members, The Spokesman Speaks podcast is available publicly, reaching farmers on-the-go with stories that matter to them.

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Since 1934, The Iowa Farm Bureau Spokesman has been Iowa’s leading agriculture news source, and today it is the largest circulation ag newspaper in Iowa. While The Spokesman newspaper is available exclusively to Iowa Farm Bureau members, The Spokesman Speaks podcast is available publicly, reaching farmers on-the-go with stories that matter to them.

    An opportunity for Iowa crop farmers to break even or profit in 2020

    An opportunity for Iowa crop farmers to break even or profit in 2020

    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.

    • 24 min
    Tips for handling livestock opposition

    Tips for handling livestock opposition

    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.

    • 26 min
    Experts analyze the new China trade agreement

    Experts analyze the new China trade agreement

    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 Phase 1 trade agreement between the United States and China. 

    Isley and Funk also discuss other recent trade agreements (USMCA and Japan) and potential future agreements.  

    • 25 min
    Iowa Farm Bureau's legislative priorities in 2020

    Iowa Farm Bureau's legislative priorities in 2020

    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, along with an update 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 meat scientist Dr. Rodrigo Tarte, about imitation meat products and how they are being marke

    • 32 min
    Overcoming adversity: How Chris Norton learned to walk again after a devastating football injury and how it applies to your farm

    Overcoming adversity: How Chris Norton learned to walk again after a devastating football injury and how it applies to your farm

    Welcome to Episode 29 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast.

    This episode focuses on managing stress and overcoming adversity. It features an interview with Chris Norton, a Luther College football player who overcame a devastating injury and inspired millions. It also includes an interview with ISU's Dr. Larry Tranel on stress management.

    If you need free, confidential assistance with stress, the Iowa Concern Hotline is 1-800-447-1985; their website is https://www.extension.iastate.edu/iowaconcern/.

    • 26 min
    Gov. Reynolds discusses farm priorities + Tips for maximizing corn yields and cutting costs + Steps to diversify your farm and prepare for the next generation

    Gov. Reynolds discusses farm priorities + Tips for maximizing corn yields and cutting costs + Steps to diversify your farm and prepare for the next generation

    Welcome to Episode 28 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast. This episode features Gov. Kim Reynolds’ speech at Iowa Farm Bureau’s Annual Meeting, regarding trade 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 diversifying your farm or passing it to the next generation. If you have questions for Amanda, you can reach her at avansteenwyk@ifbf.org.

    • 40 min

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