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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.

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. 

Sep 25, 2015

In this podcast, I chat with beginning farmer Wendy Johnson who moved back to Iowa from L.A. to farm with her parents in Northeast Iowa raising corn, soybeans, hay and sheep. She and her husband have started their own enterprise, Joia Food Farm.

Aug 31, 2015

In this podcast, I speak to Mark Licht about integrating conservation practices in profitable and sustainable ways.

Jul 9, 2015

In this podcast, I chat with Donna Buell, who is an environmental activist, attorney and owner of a 300-acre farm near Holstein in northwest Iowa. With her young tenants, she is transitioning the farm to organic.

Jun 25, 2015

In this podcast, I chat with Sarah Carlson, Midwest Cover Crop Research Coordinator and Practical Farmers of Iowa agronomist, about cover crops and the generational transitions happening on Iowa's farmland.

May 19, 2015

In this podcast, ILF Assistant Manager, Ann Staudt, chats with Dr. Jacqueline Comito, a 2015 recipient of the Environmental Law Institute's National Wetlands Award in Outreach and Education, about her work in Iowa.

May 12, 2015

In this podcast, I chat with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach program manager Jamie Benning about Iowa's Nutrient Reduction Strategy and the approach ISUEO is taking to improving water quality in Iowa.

Apr 23, 2015

In this podcast, I chat with plant physiologist and cover crop expert, Dr. Tom Kaspar who has been researching cover crops in Iowa for over 25 years at the USDA-ARS National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment in Ames, Iowa.

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