Conservation Chat, hosted by anthropologist Jacqueline Comito, is a podcast series that explores the relationship between conservation, soil, water, agriculture, and the people of Iowa. This is accomplished through thoughtful interviews with farmers and rural and urban residents about conservation and water quality in the state. Comito is the Director of Iowa Learning Farms, an Iowa State University Extension and Outreach program that has been building a culture of conservation statewide for over ten years.
CC 52: Water Quality with Iowa’s Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig
This is a chat with Iowa’s Secretary of Agriculture, Mike Naig, as a part of the Iowa Learning Farms monthly webinar series. We talk about water quality, conservation and Secretary Naig fields questions from folks who attended both on-line and in-person.
CC 51: Wade Dooley and Nathan Anderson: Farms, Faith and Climate Change
Farmers Wade Dooley and Nathan Anderson bring a joy and humility to their work on the land. Both men are striving to make their farms more resilient in the face of climate change and other environmental challenges.
CC 50: Increasing Wildlife Habitat in the Next Decade with Dr. Adam Janke
Adam Janke is an assistant professor and an Extension wildlife specialist at Iowa State University. With research and outreach, Adam hopes to increase wildlife populations in agricultural landscapes in Iowa for generations to come.
CC 49: Ben and Andy Johnson: Saving Time with Conservation
Ben and Andy Johnson farm in northeast Iowa where conservation is at the heart of their production. While they appreciate the soil and water quality benefits of the different practices, the brothers say they do conservation because it saves them time.
CC 48: A Passion for Prairies: David Stein of Prairie Rivers of Iowa
As Prairie Rivers of Iowa’s Watershed Program Coordinator, David Stein’s job (and passion) is to help establish “corridors” of habitats throughout central Iowa with a goal of increasing pollinators, wildlife, improving water quality and soil health.
CC 47: ISU's Daniel Robison, Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Daniel Robison is Iowa State University’s new dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Robison comes to ISU from West Virginia University and has degrees in forestry, silviculture and forest influences and forest entomology.