Iowa

6:00am

Sun July 21, 2013
Agriculture

My Farm Roots: Looking Back Fondly

Paul Horel, 66, left the family farm as soon as he could. Now, though, he appreciates lessons learned as a farm kid.
Credit Justine Greve / Harvest Public Media

Paul Horel says his childhood was pretty typical for a kid growing up in the Midwest in the 1950s: he did chores in the morning and evening, spent long summer days playing in the fields, and attended a small country school.

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6:00am

Tue July 16, 2013
Changing Lands, Changing Hands

Turmoil In Farm Transitions

Farm succession plans can strain family relationships. Devan Green rents his family’s farmland and has to answer to family shareholders.
Amy Mayer Harvest Public Media

Retirement can be a dirty word for farmers; but aging means they inevitably can do less on their land. Sometimes families anticipate the coming changes and plan for them – but even the most carefully planned transitions can lead to strained relationships.

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10:12am

Fri July 12, 2013
The Salt

Heavy Rains Send Iowa's Precious Soil Downriver

Originally published on Tue July 16, 2013 11:33 am

Soil erosion after five inches or more of rain fell in one hour across portions of Western Iowa in 2013.
USDA Natural Resources Conservation

1:09pm

Mon June 24, 2013
Agriculture

Starting A Farm, With An Immigrant Twist

Originally from Laos, Air Philavanh now farms 11 acres near Milo, Iowa. He’s built a shelter for his cattle out of a dilapidated barn.
Credit Amy Mayer / Harvest Public Media

Air Philavanh is a new farmer in central Iowa who came to this country from Laos as a refugee more than 30 years ago. Today, he’s living on an 11-acre farm in Milo, Iowa, about an hour from Des Moines.

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12:57pm

Mon June 24, 2013
The Salt

Sandwich Monday: Zombie Burger

The menu at Zombie Burger is printed on the other side of a post-zombie-apocalypse newspaper.
NPR

It's a testament to the food at Zombie Burger that it's named the place after a species best known for eating human brains — and yet, still trusts that you'll keep your appetite.

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