Results From a Problem Based Class, September 2009
The University of Vermont and Iowa State University
In September of 2009, a group of students and professors from the University of Vermont and Iowa State University met in Iowa with a goal to better understand the current trends in agriculture and to discuss the future of food production. The group met with farmers, politicians, private interest groups, researchers, water experts and energy specialists to get as many perspectives as possible.
Iowa is the largest producer of corn and soybeans in the country. It is also the largest producer of hogs and layers (egg chickens). The dominant agricultural methods, known commonly as “conventional” farming, are dependent on high petroleum inputs, pesticides, GMO crops and mechanization.
Each person interviewed was asked three questions:
What is the current state of agriculture in Iowa?
Where is agriculture going?
What is your vision for a better food system in Iowa?
We encourage you – however you feel about these issues – to become more involved with the food systems and policies that have such a great effect on us all.
Hillary Archer and Julian Post
Videography and Interviews by
Special Thanks to (in alphabetical order)
Dr. Francis Thicke
Dr. Lee Burras
Dr. Matt Helmers
Dr. Tom Isenhart
ISU Professors & Affiliates
Andy Larson, ISU Extension
Gretchen Zdorkowski, Professor of Agronomy
Jeri Neal, Leopold Center of Ecology
Dr. Matt Liebman, Professor of Agricultural Ecology
ISU Graduate Students
Mae Rose Petrehn
UVM Professors & Affiliates
Dr. Bob Costanza Professor & Director, Gund Institute
Meghan Sheradin, Director Vermont Fresh Network
UVM Graduate Students
Julian Post (Undergraduate)
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