Can Midwestern farmers stop the steady loss of their most precious possession--their topsoil? This writer says yes, they can.
Professor John Ikerd's love for rural communities has led him to ask some difficult questions.
This rancher used his diary to envision a brighter future on the land for his children.
Linda Omaña, a member of our editorial staff, sat down with the photographer when he was on Grinnell College’s campus.
Ag giant Prestage came to Mason City, promising to transform its economy. The author, a City Councilman, describes what happened next.
Janet Schlapkohl dramatized the farm crisis of the 80s in her one-woman show.
For our publisher, the late CEO of the Des Moines Waterworks, Bill Stowe, exemplified environmental heroism.
With his interview of Des Moines Waterworks CEO, our audio producer debuts our new podcast feature.
What do rural Iowa and small-town Norway have in common? Plenty, as it turns out. An Iowa Fulbright Scholar explains.
Associate Editor Maya Dru interviewed Des Moines Waterworks CEO Bill Stowe shortly before his untimely death.
Here you'll find our audio recording of Maya Dru's interview with the late Bill Stowe, CEO of the Des Moines Water Works.
In Rootstalk's fifth podcast, our audio producers talk with Prof. Brandi Janssen about the complexities of sustainaable agriculture.
How do we reverse the degradation of our prairie home by industrial ag? The residents of Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage think they know.
The one-room schoolhouse is a symbol of rural education that's swiftly becoming just a memory, as this writer poignantly reminds us.
This contributor, a soil scientist, environmental activist and farmer, reviews a new book offering a vision of rural prairie revival.
This scholar of Native American culture meditates on the meaning of roots, and the challenge to them represented by energy extraction.
An Iowa writer, musician and dramatist captures the plight of many small prairie towns in this song.