Agricultural issues

Can Midwestern farmers stop the steady loss of their most precious possession--their topsoil? This writer says yes, they can.
by Frederick L. Kirschenmann

This painter found inspiration for her triptych in one of the Midwest's most common sights: a cornfield.

A public utility takes on big Ag in the fight for clean water.
by William G. Stowe

Twenty-five years from now, will fertile agricultrural landscapes look the way they look today?

Our correspondent reports on the efforts of prairie ranchers like her to bring bison back to their pastures.
by Kayla Koether

Professor John Ikerd's love for rural communities has led him to ask some difficult questions.
by John Ikerd

This rancher used his diary to envision a brighter future on the land for his children.
by Pete Ferrell

Linda Omaña, a member of our editorial staff, sat down with the photographer when he was on Grinnell College’s campus.
by Linda Omaña
Publisher's note

For our publisher, the late CEO of the Des Moines Waterworks, Bill Stowe, exemplified environmental heroism.
by Jon Andelson

Dr. Laura Jackson believes the fate of the threatened Monarch Butterfly is tied inextricably to the fate of agriculture on the prairie.
by Laura J. Jackson

In this issue, audio producers Sonia Chulaki and Marie Kolarik talk with writer and environmentalist Cornelia Mutel.
by Audio producers Sonia Chulaki, Noah Herbin and Marie Kolarik

Veterinarian Art Dunham's concern for his patients made him a world-renowned expert on the effects of Roundup herbicide on our environment.
by Jon Andelson, Mary Rose Bernal and Mark Baechtel
Digital Art

It's a deceptively simple question. Our associate editor created an infographic to provide the not-so-simple answer.
by Cecilia Bergman

With his interview of Des Moines Waterworks CEO, our audio producer debuts our new podcast feature.
by Noah Herbin

Women are coming into farming in increasing numbers. As they do, they're changing the way we think about agriculture.
by Sophie Neems

Is farmwork also social activism? It was for our correspondent, during an internship at Mustard Seed Community Farm.
by Tristan Aschittino

An Alaska-based artist turned her eye on the prairie during an artist's residency. The result: two paintings, featured in this issue.

Urban gardens need pollinators, but where do the bees come from amid all that concrete? Enter Jana Kinsman.
by Sara Arena

Associate Editor Maya Dru interviewed Des Moines Waterworks CEO Bill Stowe shortly before his untimely death.
by Maya Dru

Here you'll find our audio recording of Maya Dru's interview with the late Bill Stowe, CEO of the Des Moines Water Works.
by Bill Stowe

This Iowa Essayist--whose work we featured in our last issue--is also a striking photographer, as these images of the Dakota plains show.
by Sebastian Braun

Your news-feed has probably been full of the bad effects of herbicides. This contributor writes about how to do without them.
by Harriet Behar

In the first of two podcasts in this issue, plant scientist Lee DeHaan discusses the new perennial grain, Kernza.
by Audio producer Noah Herbin

In Rootstalk's fifth podcast, our audio producers talk with Prof. Brandi Janssen about the complexities of sustainaable agriculture.
by Eva Gemrich and Dru Greenwood

How do we reverse the degradation of our prairie home by industrial ag? The residents of Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage think they know.
by Joshua Lockyer
Local History

Anthropologist Don Janzen examines his own background in his essay about his father's homesteading childhood in early 20th century Kansas.
by Don Janzen

When this Minnesota writer's family farm became a regional park, she kept her family memories.
by Michele Brennhofer

Wisconsin writer/activist Heather Swan talks with Associate Editor Maya Dru about her love of pollinators.
by Heather Swan

A small-town restaurant is where the local foods movement gets real.
by Ann P. Hall
Book Review

This contributor, a soil scientist, environmental activist and farmer, reviews a new book offering a vision of rural prairie revival.
by Fred Kirschenmann

This first-time contributor's photo makes use of a familiar Midwestern setting: the shorn cornfield.

This photographer--orginally from Hawaii--found inspiration in the autumn prairie fields.

Vegetables, very tall trees, and roadtrip views are the subject's this first-time contributor provided for this issue.