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Welcome to ”People in the Know,” a podcast hosted by Ken Root. Join us on a journey where Ken, with his knack for asking pertinent questions, engages with colorful and passionate guests. Prepare for an enjoyable listening experience as we dive into the depths of the human spirit, exploring the lives of those who embrace obscurity and find joy in it. Discover inspiring stories and unique perspectives on ”People in the Know.”

People In The Know Ken Root

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Welcome to ”People in the Know,” a podcast hosted by Ken Root. Join us on a journey where Ken, with his knack for asking pertinent questions, engages with colorful and passionate guests. Prepare for an enjoyable listening experience as we dive into the depths of the human spirit, exploring the lives of those who embrace obscurity and find joy in it. Discover inspiring stories and unique perspectives on ”People in the Know.”

    Ag Census Released Iowa Statistician Reviews Numbers

    Ag Census Released Iowa Statistician Reviews Numbers

    Iowa is a very productive state.  It ranks second to California in total gross sales of agricultural products.  I spoke with Greg Thiessen, USDA State Statistician for Iowa.  We examine the number of farms, farmers, expansion of broadband, increase in use of cover crops, technology and other measures.
    They all reveal that farming is big business in Iowa but conducted mostly by family units who attempt to keep the farm in the family as they move into the future.

    • 35 min
    Brazilian Agriculture Deloss Jahnke IL Farm Broadcaster

    Brazilian Agriculture Deloss Jahnke IL Farm Broadcaster

    Deloss Jahnke works for the Illinois RFD Radio Network.  He travelled to Brazil's major agricultural regions for ten days in January of this year.
    I speak with him about the infrastructure of the region and the farms that dwarf the size of ours in the Midwest.
    A wonderful dialogue with an up and coming young farm broadcaster.
    Deloss is currently National Vice President of the NAFB Organization.
     

    • 38 min
    Bill Northey Interview from 2022

    Bill Northey Interview from 2022

    I am very sad to lose Bill Northey from this world.  He was a farmer, a commodity organization leader, an elected official in Iowa and served as an :Undersecretary of Agriculture in Washington.
    I spoke to him in 2022 as he was the CEO of the Agribusiness Association of Iowa, based in Des Moines.
     

    • 38 min
    Improving Water Quality in Iowa Rivers and Lakes - Chad Dolan DNR

    Improving Water Quality in Iowa Rivers and Lakes - Chad Dolan DNR

    Chad Dolan is a Fisheries Management Biologist for Iowa Department of Natural Resources.  He and I converse about the interaction of land use with water quality. He believes farmers and developers have a growing appreciation for the value of clean water by using best management practices.
     
     

    • 42 min
    Missouri Farmer Has A Good Year - Gene Millard

    Missouri Farmer Has A Good Year - Gene Millard

    Gene is "Mr Spreadsheet" when he looks at his farming operation.  He recites real numbers from their farm for 2023 and some averages from 2010 to this year.  
    He also loves the land and greatly appreciates people who farm it.
    We talk winter, livestock, 2023 corn and soybean crops, grain marketing, grain prices along with crop rent and wind towers.
    Not bad for 27 minutes.
    Thanks for listening       let me know what you think    kenroot@gmail.com

    • 27 min
    Building Roads to the Future - Ambassador Kenneth Quinn

    Building Roads to the Future - Ambassador Kenneth Quinn

    Once again, I am honored to offer this interview with Ambassador Kenneth Quinn.  He moves that past history of agricultural science to the future as he describes his work in Vietnam in the 1960's and praises Dr. Norman Bourlaug's work through his long life.  
    Not political, not even philosophical, this discussion takes the lessons of the past and offers them as solutions to problems of the present and challenges of the future.
    Roads....literally....to feed 10 billion people by mid century.  

    • 43 min

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