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.



      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.



      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. 



      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.



      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.



      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.



      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.



      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.



      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.



      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.



      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.