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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.

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.

Mar 31, 2015

In this podcast, I chat with environmental leader and innovator Rob Stout, a farmer from southeast Iowa. For 30 years, Stout's farm has been an early adopter of emerging conservation management.

Mar 11, 2015

In this podcast, I chat with Dr. Mark Rasmussen, Director of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture about foraging, Aldo Leopold's unique childhood and the importance of the Leopold Center to agriculture.

Feb 16, 2015

In this podcast, I chat with farmer Tim Smith about using whole farm approach to soil health and water quality improvements, from cover crops to bioreactors. Smith gives provocative insight into farmer decision making and the future of Iowa agriculture.

Feb 4, 2015

In this podcast, I chat with farmer Steve McGrew about using cover crops to help meet the goals in Iowa's Nutrient Reduction Strategy. McGrew gives thoughtful insight into farmer decision making in regards to conservation and crop production.

Feb 2, 2015

In this podcast, I chat with Secretary Northey about water quality in Iowa and Iowa's Nutrient Reduction Strategy.

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