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Conservation Chat

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.
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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. The Conservation Chat's original music is composed by Todd Stevens, performed by and used courtesy of Smiling Stone Soup.

Jul 28, 2016

Dr. Tom Isenhart, Iowa State University professor, chats water ecology and practices that can be implemented to improve stream health and water quality.

Jun 29, 2016

A conservation advocate, Rick Juchems farms in northeast Iowa and has implemented numerous conservation practices including cover crops. His daughter Liz is following in his footsteps -- not in farming, but in conservation education and outreach.

May 26, 2016

Seth Watkins farms his family heritage farm in southwest Iowa. He has a 600-head cow-calf enterprise and a whole farm approach to conservation: rotational grazing, wetlands, late season calving, and row crops integrated with prairie strips and cover crops.

Apr 27, 2016

Dr. Matt Helmers is a professor in the Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Department at Iowa State University. As one of the writers of Iowa's Nutrient Reduction Strategy, Helmers discusses what it will take to implement this strategy in the state.

Mar 15, 2016

Laura Krouse operates Abbe Hills Farm, a 72 acre farming operation near Mt. Vernon, Iowa, where she raises a wide variety of vegetables, fruits, alfalfa, oats, and other small grains. Join host Jacqueline Comito as she chats with Laura about 1 New Thing for Water campaign, thoughts on motivating others to do their part as we collectively strive towards cleaner water and the reduced soil + nutrient export, the ever-growing need to work with women landowners on conservation issues.

Feb 22, 2016

Paul and Nancy Ackley have been farming together for 40 years and are adopting multiple conservation practices and restoring the health of their farm. I caught up with Paul and Nancy at the Practical Farmers of Iowa’s annual conference in January 2016. There is a little bit of background noise to the recording.

Jan 28, 2016

In this latest episode of the Conservation Chat, Jacqueline Comito visits with Dr. John Lawrence, Associate Dean of Iowa State University's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Director for Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension. Lawrence discusses his upbringing on a farm in southwest Iowa, his journey to working in Extension, and the role Iowa State University Extension and Outreach plays in developing and implementing the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy.

Dec 16, 2015

Sally Hollis of Lanehaven Farms is passionate about helping their eastern Iowa farm improve and grow. Join us as we chat about cover crops, conservation, stewardship and coopertition in their farming operation that includes corn, soybean, seed corn, cover crop, and hogs.

Nov 30, 2015

This episode features a chat with Dr. Angie Carter, sociology fellow at Augustana College, on her research with women farm landowners in Iowa.

Oct 28, 2015

I Chat with Dr. Rick Cruse, Professor of Agronomy at Iowa State University and Director of the Iowa Water Center, on his work to more accurately estimate soil erosion in Iowa. According to Dr. Cruse, our present methods of estimating soil erosion are badly flawed and may be missing between 20-90% of the erosion in the state. 

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