How to act like an ag expert on Ragbrai! Use handy podcasts from Iowa ag dept.

 Iowa farm, 1875.

I’m often asked agriculture questions by my out-of-town guests here in Iowa and when my husband, the family ag expert, isn’t available, I have to wing it (or bluff it). I’ve gotten better with time but still I am amused to see that Iowa’s ag secretary is providing podcasts to answer Iowa ag questions during Ragbrai. Now this may come in handy – especially with our Ragbrai-riding visitors from England. More below!




DES MOINES –Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey announced that podcasts showcasing Iowa agriculture along the Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa ® (RABGRAI ®) route are available to listen and/or download.


The podcasts are available at or through iTunes by searching for the keyword “Iowa Agcasts”.


“The beauty and fertility of Iowa’s land is very evident this time of year and these podcasts will highlight the importance of diversity of Iowa agriculture as riders travel across the state,” Northey said.  “Agriculture is so important to our state and we hope RAGBRAI® participants and others will listen to these podcasts and learn more about all that is happening on the farms across Iowa.”


The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, together with many partners, created one podcast for each leg of the ride.  Each podcast has an interview of one or two local individuals involved in agriculture. This is the second year for the podcasts.


The podcasts are unique in that they show the diversity of Iowa’s agriculture.  Listeners meet a woman leader in agriculture, a dairy farmer in northwest Iowa, Mr. Pork Chop, who got his nickname from 25 years selling Iowa Chops at RAGBRAI®, and more.


“Opportunities through this podcast to be able to hear some of the things that you’ll see on your route. Be able to understand pieces of it, probably raise some questions about what’s going on out there as well.” Northey states in his introductory podcast.


The 42nd year of RAGBRAI® begins July 20th and goes until July 26th.  To see details of the route, go to





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