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.

http://conservationchat.libsyn.com/podcast

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      CC 33: Creative Watershed Improvement Projects with Shane Wulf and Joshua Balk


      Shane Wulf and Joshua Balk chat about their creative approaches to watershed improvement projects in their jobs as watershed coordinators for Black Hawk County Soil and Water Conservation District in northeast Iowa.


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      38m
       

      CC 32: Dr. Eileen Kladivko, Midwest Cover Crops Council


      Eileen Kladivko is a professor of agronomy at Purdue University in Indiana and a founding member of the Midwest Cover Crops Council. Her specific research areas have included tile drainage, cover crops and earthworms. 


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      37m
       2017-06-29

      CC 31: Dr. Bob Hartzler Chats Weeds and Conservation


      Dr. Bob Hartzler is an ISU agronomy professor and an extension weed specialist. After years of removing milkweed from agricultural fields, he is encouraging its re-establishment in strategic locations to help stop monarch butterfly decline as a part of the Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium.


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      29m
       2017-05-30

      CC 30: Sharon Krause, Owner and Operator of Dalla Terra Ranch


      Sharon Krause is the owner and operator of Dalla Terra Ranch, a grass fed organic lamb operation in Madison County, Iowa. A native Iowan, Sharon is passionate about lambs, healthy lands and her local community.


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      37m
       2017-04-24

      CC 29: Adam Janke: ISU Extension Wildlife Specialist


      In this episode, I chat with Dr. Adam Janke, Assistant Professor and Extension Wildlife Specialist at Iowa State University. His focus is on strengthening wildlife conservation in working landscapes in Iowa.


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      29m
       2017-03-31

      CC28: Nathan Anderson: Taking the Whole Farm Conservation Approach


      This episode features a chat with Nathan Anderson, a young Iowa farmer who is passionate about minimizing the off-farm ecological impact of his farming practices so that future generations of his family can continue to farm.


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      36m
       2017-02-24

      CC 27: Dr. Amy Kaleita: A Dreamer of Fields


      This episode features a chat with Dr. Amy Kaleita of Iowa State University about the relationship between big data, precision technology, soil, water quality and conservation in Iowa.


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      49m
       2017-01-26

      CC 26: Dr. Lisa Schulte Moore: An "All of the Above" Approach to Conservation


      This episode features a chat with Dr. Lisa Schulte Moore of Iowa State University about the relationship between birds, prairies, trees, fire, water quality and conservation in Iowa.


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      46m
       2016-11-22

      CC 25: Iowa’s 2016 Conservation Woman of the Year: Sue Kuennen Massman


      Enjoy a chat with Iowa's 2016 Conservation Woman of the Year, farmer Sue Kuennen Massman, on her 160 acre farm in NE Iowa. Passionate about conservation, Sue lends her voice and experience to other women landowners.


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      40m
       2016-10-27

      CC 24: University of Iowa’s Biomass Fuel Project


      Dr. Emily Heaton of Iowa State University and Ingrid Gronstal Anderson of the University of Iowa discuss the U of I's goal of using giant miscanthus as a bioenergy crop.


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      43m
       2016-09-30