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The Field Work podcast has asked its media partner Farm Journal for help evaluating its current season. Together, we are inviting feedback from folks who have listened to Field Work’s third season, especially the episodes looking at how to build a conservation culture. If you listen to Field Work, we would love to hear from you! The discussion will take place virtually and you don’t have to be at a home or the office to join. You can call in from wherever you are, whether you’re on the tractor, in the field, at the office, or wherever, we still want to hear from you.

Please click the link above to take a quick survey and register to participate in one 60-minute group discussion sometime between May 6th and May 14th. We’re including some super early morning sessions to accommodate farm work.  Your insights will help ensure that Field Work continues to produce episodes that are informative, enjoyable, and valuable to farmers.

Because your time is so valuable to us, those who are selected to participate will receive a $100 gift card as a thank-you. 

We look forward to hearing from you,

The Farm Journal Research and Field Work teams

Click on any of the episodes below for a refresher or to catch up on Season 3 of Field Work:


April 19, 2021

Zach and Mitchell’s Excellent Conservation Adventure

In some parts of the country, farmers who try out conservation practices run the risk of getting pegged as hippie farmers.


March 15, 2021

In August 2020, our intrepid Field Work hosts Zach Johnson and Mitchell Hora sleuthed around in Washington County, Iowa, in search of the origin story of its robust conservation culture. Zach had his camera handy to document the experience for us.

March 17, 2021

In the first episode of our special project, hosts Zach and Mitchell talk with an Iowa treasure and one of the people most responsible for cultivating a culture of conservation in Washington County: former Iowa State University extension director Jim Frier.

March 24, 2021

Mudholes in March: Zach and Mitchell Go to Planter School

Zach and Mitchell go to planter school! Our hosts talk to Paul Reed, a longtime no-tiller, and Dave Moeller, a mechanic and equipment dealer, about the evolution of planter attachments for successful no-till farming.

March 31, 2021

For this Field Work episode, Mitchell and Zach continue their talks with Washington County conservation pioneers. These are farmers whose families were on the “bleeding edge” of change in Washington County: Rob Stout and Darrell Steele.

March 30, 2021

Steve Berger is a farmer whose name comes up a lot in conversations about Washington County, Iowa. As Field Work hosts Zach Johnson and Mitchell Hora sought for clues about the secret sauce behind Washington County’s conservation culture, they knew they had to talk to Steve.

April 14, 2021

Carrying the Conservation Torch: A New Generation Advances the Cause

The conservation culture that took root in Washington County decades ago has new champions today, who are trying to take it to the next level. It includes twenty-somethings like seed dealer Trent Stout, who’s committed to providing expert advice when it comes to cover crops, and Michael Vittetoe, who’s integrating livestock into his operation as part of a broader regenerative system.

April 21, 2021

The Nature Conservancy funded a study at Purdue University to look at why some counties have a high rate of cover crop adoption while neighboring counties with similar precipitation and soil types do not. Zach and Mitchell talk with Kris Johnson and Linda Prokopy about what they learned.

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