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Inflation Reduction Act is the nation's largest conservation investment since the dust bowl

River to River, hosted by Ben Kieffer

The pandemic, the war in Ukraine, climate change, new federal laws – all these factors are having dramatic impacts on Iowa agriculture.

Leadership from the National Farmers Union is visiting Iowa this week, their first since the pandemic's start in 2020. River to River host Ben Kieffer sits down with NFU President Rob Larew, Vice President Jeff Kippley and Iowa Farmers Union President Aaron Lehman to talk about what's facing producers at this moment.

The nonpartisan NFU supports the recently-signed Inflation Reduction Act which includes $20 billion to make farmland more environmentally friendly. They're also lobbying on the federal level to address inequities in agribusiness as work on the 2023 Farm Bill approaches. Guests also answer listeners' questions on topics including the IRA, biofuels, carbon sequestration, and the future of agriculture in the U.S.


  • Rob Larew, president, National Farmers Union president, dairy farmer from West Virginia
  • Jeff Kippley, vice president, National Farmers Union, row crop producer and rancher from South Dakota
  • Aaron Lehman, president, Iowa Farmers Union, row crop producer from Polk City
Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River
Samantha McIntosh is a talk show producer at Iowa Public Radio. Prior to IPR, Samantha worked as a reporter for radio stations in southeast and west central Iowa under M&H Broadcasting, and before that she was a weekend music host for GO 96.3 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.