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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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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.

    Disaster recovery assistance for Iowa’s farmers

    Disaster recovery assistance for Iowa’s farmers

    Welcome to Episode 165 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast. In this episode, we share state and federal assistance available to Iowans impacted by recent severe storms, tornadoes and flooding, with a guest from the FEMA disaster response team that covers Iowa (John Mills) and Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig.
    Resources Mentioned in this Episode
    DisasterRecovery.Iowa.gov Iowa’s new Disaster Recovery Farm Interest Program (DRFIP) Two-sheet background document on Iowa’s Disaster Recovery Farm Interest Program (DRFIP) Iowa Disaster Agriculture Resource Guide FEMA’s national website (DisasterAssistance.gov) and hotline: 1-800-621-3362 Preparing for natural disasters (Ready.gov) Disaster resources through Iowa State University Extension

    • 37 min
    Insights from geopolitical insider Frank Kelly and grain marketing expert Ed Usset

    Insights from geopolitical insider Frank Kelly and grain marketing expert Ed Usset

    Welcome to Episode 164 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast. In this episode, Washington D.C. insider Frank Kelly shares geopolitical factors farmers should consider as they eye agriculture's future. And Ed Usset, a grain marketing economist from the University of Minnesota, offers his strategic grain marketing recommendations for farmers.
    Resources mentioned in this episode 
    See slides from Frank Kelly's presentation at Iowa Farm Bureau's Economic Summit.  Learn more from Ed Usset and the University of Minnesota's Center for Farm Financial Management. You can purchase Ed's book, "Grain Marketing is Simple (It's just not easy)" here.  Register for Iowa Farm Bureau's economic outlook webinar. Register for Iowa Farm Bureau's "Take Root" farm succession seminar, July 25 in Johnston. 

    • 40 min
    VP of ISU Extension dissects Iowa’s ag economy, shares keys for future economic success

    VP of ISU Extension dissects Iowa’s ag economy, shares keys for future economic success

    Welcome to Episode 163 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast. In this episode, Vice President of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Dr. Jason Henderson analyzes Iowa’s current ag economy and explores keys he sees for future economic success. And young Iowa farmer Hans Riensche shares what he hopes to learn about transitioning farms to future generations sustainably, through an international study program.  
    Resources mentioned in this episode:
    Learn more about the Nuffield Scholar program and Hans Riensche. Register for Iowa Farm Bureau’s “Take Root” farm succession seminar, July 25 in Johnston. Register for Iowa Farm Bureau’s 2024 Young Farmer Ag Insights Tour.

    • 40 min
    Meet ISU Extension's new ag climatologist

    Meet ISU Extension's new ag climatologist

    Welcome to Episode 162 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast. In this episode, Madelynn Wuestenberg, an Iowa native and recent master's graduate in Agricultural Meteorology from Iowa State University, speaks with us about her new role as the Agricultural Climatology Specialist for ISU Extension. Then Iowa Farm Bureau’s Farmer Education Program Manager offers a sneak peek of our upcoming Young Farmer Ag Insights Tour, which will include stops at unique ag sites across western Iowa & Nebraska.  If you’re a young Iowa farmer, ages 21-40, register by June 30 to secure your spot.
    Resources mentioned in this episode:
    Learn more about Iowa Farm Bureau's Young Farmer Ag Insights Tour.

    • 25 min
    Greenhouse gases: Agriculture’s untold story

    Greenhouse gases: Agriculture’s untold story

    Welcome to Episode 161 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast. By now, we're all pretty familiar with the inaccurate greenhouse gas (GHG) accusations against agriculture. In this episode, American Farm Bureau economist Danny Munch shares the other (less publicized) side of the story, using recently released GHG data from EPA. Also in this episode, Iowa Farm Bureau national policy advisor Daniel Heady updates us on negotiations for a new Farm Bill.
    Resources mentioned in this episode:
    Read economist Danny Munch's analysis of agriculture's GHG emissions. Top 10 Iowa farm facts , including environmental progress Register now for Iowa Farm Bureau's Young Farmer Ag Insights Tour.

    • 26 min
    How ‘Choose Iowa’ helps farmers add value and save labor, while encouraging Iowans to buy local

    How ‘Choose Iowa’ helps farmers add value and save labor, while encouraging Iowans to buy local

    Welcome to Episode 160 of The Spokesman Speaks podcast. In this episode, we hear from Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig and Beth Romer about Choose Iowa, a program through the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship that provides value-added grants to farmers and markets Iowa-grown products to consumers. We also visit with Iowa Farm Bureau economist Dr. Christopher Pudenz about Farm Bureau's upcoming Economic Summit. 
    Resources mentioned in this episode:
    ChooseIowa.com  Register now for Iowa Farm Bureau's Economic Summit

    • 35 min

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