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Examining different facets of the battle against climate change that impact Iowa agriculture

River to River, hosted by Ben Kieffer

On this episode of River to River — facets of the battle against climate change that impact Iowa agriculture.

First — three companies have proposed building multibillion-dollar pipelines across Iowa to move and eventually store carbon dioxide. IPR reporter Kendall Crawford, a proponent of the project, and a farmer who is opposed to the project discuss the pipelines with host Ben Kieffer.

Later in the program — earlier this month, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the USDA is investing up to $2.8 billion in 70 selected projects under the first pool of what’s called a Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities funding opportunity. Ultimately, USDA’s anticipated investment will triple to more than $3 billion in pilots that will create market opportunities for American commodities produced using climate-smart production practices. Iowa farmers join the program to discuss how they’re using these practices, and ISU’s leading climate researcher also discusses these measures and their potential impacts.


  • Kendall Crawford |IPR western Iowa reporter
  • Ted Junker | Central Iowa Farmer
  • John Thompson | Technology and Markets Director, Clean Air Task Force
  • Kirk Leeds| CEO Iowa Soybean Association
  • Josh Nelson | Iowa farmer
  • Gene Takle| ISU’s lead climate researcher, distinguished professor emeritus
Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River
Caitlin Troutman is a talk show producer at Iowa Public Radio
Dani Gehr is a producer for River to River and Talk of Iowa. Dani came to Iowa from her hometown in the northwest suburbs of Chicago to attend Iowa State University, where she received a bachelor’s degree in journalism, international studies and French. Before coming to IPR, Dani covered local government in Story County for the Ames Tribune and Des Moines Register.