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April 6-8, 2018
Livestock Antibiotic Use — A growing population means the need to produce more food. But there is also concern about what goes into the meat we eat.
Categories: Business and Consumer Affairs, Agriculture

  • Denny Rehberg, farmer/Walker, Iowa
  • Heidi Vittetoe/farmer/Washington, Iowa
  • Dr. Chris Rademacher, swine extension veterinarian/Iowa State University
  • Ken Root, journalist/Iowa Agribusiness Radio Network
  • Helaina Thompson/Iowa Watch
July 21-23, 2017
Farmland Ownership And Food Security — One important way to ensure food security in the United States is to keep farmland ownership from going into foreign hands. That doesn’t always happen. We exam why, and how Iowa law prohibits foreign farmland ownership.
Categories: Agriculture, Business and Consumer Affairs

  • Johnathan Hettinger, Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting/Urbana-Champaign
  • Brant Houston, Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting and University of Illinois/Urbana-Champaign
  • Neil Hamilton, Drake University/Des Moines
  • Sen. Charles Grassley/R-New Hartford
  • Former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack
  • Lyle Muller/IowaWatch
June 17 – 19
Pesticide Hazards — Iowa’s wide expanses of row-cropped fields produced roughly 2.5 billion bushels of corn and 554 million bushels of soybeans in 2015. And for many, those high yields are thanks in part to pesticides. But what impact, if any, do those chemicals have on our health? It’s a controversial topic and the answer is hard to pin down. In many cases, those we spoke with said the jury is still out.
Categories: Agriculture, Health and Environment

  • Chad Ingels, Farmer, Iowa Environmental Protection Commissioner/Randalia
  • Charles Lynch, Professor, University of Iowa College of Public Health Department of Epidemiology & Principal Investigator of the State Health Registry of Iowa/Iowa Cancer Registry/Iowa City
  • Kamyar Enshayan, Director of the Center for Energy and Environmental Education, University of Northern Iowa/Cedar Falls
  • Gretchen Paluch, Pesticide Bureau Chief, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship/Des Moines
  • Mark Quee, farm manager, Scattergood Friends School/West Branch
  • Kent Boyum, member of the Iowa Organics Association Board of Directors, Director of Economic Development and government Relations for Maharishi Vedic City/Maharishi Vedic City
  • Lauren Mills, IowaWatch
July 3-5
Farm Safety Revisited — Another record harvest is almost complete. Agriculture is Iowa’s top business…but it’s also the state’s most deadly. We’ll revisit the topic of farm safety, including what government can, and cannot, do to help the situation.
Categories: Agriculture, Health

  • Charles Schwab, professor, extension safety specialist, ISU/Ames
  • Kelley Donham, former director, Center for Agricultural Safety and Health, UI/Iowa City
  • Roger Stutsman, farmer/Riverside
  • David Ringholz, professor, chair of industrial design, ISU/Ames
  • Sarah Hadley, IowaWatch/UI
January 2-4
The Year In Review: 2014 — IowaWatch has covered a variety of stories in 2014, about the key issues facing Iowans. This program includes a discussion of those topics, including traffic cameras, meth addiction, the treatment of college students who are here from other countries, payday loans, and more
Categories: Government, Health, Education, Economy, Agriculture

  • Stephen Berry, IowaWatch/UI Journalism Professor
  • Kelsey Block, IowaWatch/UI
  • Lyle Muller, IowaWatch

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