Climate Smart Agriculture, Firemen Days

Eugene Takle, ISU Professor Atmospheric Science and Agricultural Meteorology spoke with us about the anticipated effects on Iowa Agriculture of the US withdrawal from the 2016 Paris Climate Agreement. In exploring farming practices that can mitigate climate change [Climate Smart Agriculture] we heard from two organic farmers. Tom Frantzen described how he became an organic farmer and also about some of the award winning experiments with diversified crops and animal farming. Gary Guthrie had a different model of organic farming as he raised fruits and vegetables for shares in Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)). Gary has also made his farm energy self-sufficient with a windmill and multiple solar panels.

Then we turned to weekend events with Bill Hook, Fire Chief for the Cambridge/Union Township fire department, telling us about Fireman Days, a two day festival in Cambridge to raise money to complete an addition to their fire house – fun with a purpose. Closing our show we heard from Director Cheryl Clark, about Ankeny Community Theatre’s production, In The Middle of Yesterday, about Alzheimer’s Disease.

Originally broadcast 06/07/2017
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