The Conservation Chat podcast series, hosted by anthropologist Jacqueline Comito, explores the relationship between conservation, soil, water, agriculture, and the people of Iowa. The latest installment, Episode 4, features dialogue with Dr. Mark Rasmussen.
From humble beginnings on a farm in the Siouxland Region of Nebraska/Iowa (“I’ve been a cow person since Day 1 of my childhood”), to an educational background in ruminant microbiology, Dr. Rasmussen brings an eclectic collection of life experiences to his position as director of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University.
Without spoiling all of the content, tune in to Episode 4 of the Conservation Chat to hear Rasmussen and Comito discuss his upbringing and role in his family’s farmer-feeder operation; grazing, forages, and the connections with ruminant livestock nutrition, soil erosion, and nutrient reduction; his broad views/big picture perspective on agriculture today; and his passion/vision for more integrated agricultural systems. And be sure to listen through to the end for Rasmussen’s #1newthingforwater!