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A new book provides an in-depth look at farming from the inside

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Talk of Iowa airs weekdays at 10 a.m. on Iowa Public Radio

Farming, getting your hands dirty, living off the land — a lot of us tend to romanticize agriculture, especially here in Iowa where agriculture has always been an important part of our culture and economy.

The realities of farming are complicated and challenging. As a journalist, Beth Hoffman reported on food and agriculture from the outside. Now she’s a farmer and, using her journalistic skills, has just published an in-depth look at farming from the inside. It’s called “Bet the Farm: The Dollars and Sense of Growing Food in America.”

In this podcast, host Charity Nebbe talks with Hoffman about moving from San Francisco to her husband's family farm and what she's learned.

Guests:

  • Beth Hoffman, journalist, farmer and author of "Bet The Farm: The Dollars and Sense of Growing Food in America"
Charity Nebbe is the host of IPR's Talk of Iowa
Katherine Perkins is IPR's Program Director for News and Talk
Dennis Reese is the mid-day host for Iowa Public Radio